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Ask Slashdot: Best Console For the Kids This Holiday? 267

Posted by timothy
from the vt100-all-the-way dept.
First time accepted submitter undulato writes "I've got an aging, fat PS3 with only a couple of games that I still play on it but three kids under 9 who love Skylanders, iPet, Lego whatever etc. We all watch movies on it and it has been pretty much the centre of our entertainment world for a few years now. I've already got a spare HDMI monitor we could use for a screen so my question is — should we go for a new console this Christmas? Just buy another controller or two and a new game or two for PS3 and be done? Or get the still pretty viable Xbox 360, or even plump for a cheap Wii or even a Wii U if we're feeling flush. What do you think?"
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Ask Slashdot: Best Console For the Kids This Holiday?

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 22, 2012 @02:20PM (#42067355)

    Easiest "Ask Slashdot" ever. More child friendly games are available for Nintendo's platforms than for the PS3 or Xbox 360.

  • by Osgeld (1900440) on Thursday November 22, 2012 @02:34PM (#42067481)

    yea cause skateboards are great when there's 2 foot of snow and its -8 outside

  • by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968@NOsPAM.gmail.com> on Thursday November 22, 2012 @03:19PM (#42067815) Journal

    It sounds like they are into the whole casual thing, which if he doesn't wanna get more PS3 games I'd say put together one of those E350 AMD DVD player sized PCs together, slap on Steam, and let the kids go to town.

    Let me tell ya with two teen boys Steam is like manna from heaven, the Xmas sale is always full of great games dirt cheap, so i can just tell them "here is what you have to spend, go nuts" and let them load up. Of course they both have decent gaming PCs but for casual gaming the E350 not only works great but slap a 1Tb drive in it and its a great media tank as well. with all the indies signing onto Steam they could have new games practically every day for cheap or free and the E350 kits are dirt cheap.

    But buying another console now would be retarded, we all know they are all gonna release new systems (Nintendo already has) soon and until you see which are the winners and which the losers buying a console now would just be dumb. You either get ancient tech like the X360 or a console that frankly could turn into another Gamecube, whereas the E350 will look nice in a TV cabinet, will let you play netflixs and watch all your shows, and with Win 8 just $40 the 10 foot UI for kids is one of the few things Win 8 is actually good at so it seems like a no brainer to me, get the HTPC.

  • by tepples (727027) <tepples AT gmail DOT com> on Thursday November 22, 2012 @03:36PM (#42067951) Homepage Journal

    There's tons of great games for the PC but they're 99% one player/machine with mouse and keyboard.

    I've been collecting a list of multiplayer-capable games [pineight.com], along with links to other people's lists.

    At best you'll get a few console ports who kept the console controller scheme as an option

    That or indie games whose developers heed Microsoft's advice that "Applications should support multiple controllers" [microsoft.com] better than the majors do. So does the whole one-machine-per-player mentality on the PC come from a belief that not enough potential customers own multiple USB game controllers and a 20" or bigger monitor? Or is it more a matter of publisher greed [cracked.com]?

  • by godel_56 (1287256) on Thursday November 22, 2012 @06:31PM (#42068973)

    It sounds like they are into the whole casual thing, which if he doesn't wanna get more PS3 games I'd say put together one of those E350 AMD DVD player sized PCs together, slap on Steam, and let the kids go to town.

    The AMD APUs use the system memory for video, so if you go that way, get the fastest memory the motherboard can handle (and make sure it's properly recognized in the BIOS). This really does make a difference in maximum frame rates, and the extra cost is peanuts.

  • by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968@NOsPAM.gmail.com> on Thursday November 22, 2012 @09:52PM (#42070223) Journal

    Thanks godel, I forgot to mention that and it is VERY true. i have the EEE E350 netbook and changing out the 2gb of 1066 for 8gb of 1333 (hey it was only $8 difference between 4Gb and 8gb so I went for it) I can not only play videos smooth as butter in 1080P over HDMI but I can even play HL 2, L4D, even played far Cry 1 on lowest settings just fine, but personally if I'm on the netbook I like the RPGs like Torchlight I and II, those work great on the Bobcat.

    And of course that is on a netbook where you have to deal with heat, I've built the E350 barebones for offices and cheap HTPCs and without being squeezed into a netbook those chips are just great, idles less than 6w, 18w under load, no noise, and you can just do so damned much with them!

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