Andy at Family Gamer TV alerted us that Microsoft has lowered the retail price of the Xbox One in the UK. If you were thinking of buying one, this may be enough to tip you over the edge and today you’ll be able to get it for £399 instead of £429. Worldwide, Microsoft is also introducing a Titanfall (new shoot’em up game PEGI 16) bundle you get the Xbox One, a digital copy of the multiplayer shooter, and a free month of Xbox Live Gold all for the same price as the console alone. Not a bad deal so soon after the launch of the new Next Gen console.
We are still watching the developments with both the PS4 and Xbox One and still absolutely adore the Nintendo WiiU for fun family friendly multiplayer games. The current pricing of the Next Gen consoles according to Amazon are as follows; Xbox One – £399, PS4 – £349 and WiiU – £217.
Given that the WiiU will allow you to continue to use your Wii controllers and still play your back catalogue of Wii games it is tough to beat in the frugality stakes. Parents of kids from 3 to 9 years could do far worse than the WiiU. Older children may find that the peer pressure to much to resist the Sony and Microsoft offerings.
We will aim to keep you posted on further developments in the battle of the consoles.
One of the most popular questions we are currently being asked is: What would you recommend, PS4 or Xbox One this Christmas?
We have gathered the thoughts of our team, families and friends to help you consider your options.
Fun and Games
We have been deliberating over the Next Gen question ourselves as we look forward to ensuring our game wagons can provide the best video game party games. In our opinion these are the most important points to consider: what games do you like to play? What games are available? Do you want family fun or individual game play?
A console in its own right offers very little. As we started using the Xbox One we suddenly found many of the Apps that we were used to having on the Xbox 360 were not available yet! It felt a little disappointing. It certainly may be worth waiting rather than diving in as an early adopter.
Microsoft has put a huge amount of effort in trying to “own the living room” with their all-in-one multimedia device. We have to say that it becomes a little laughable as you try and get the whole family to be able to watch normal TV through the console, let alone play a few games. In fact in our home we have reverted back to using the good old remote rather than trying to get everyone to grips with the voice recognition.
It’s also worth considering the availability of games. If you do not have a console and this is your first forage into the world of video games then it may still be prudent to not jump on the PS4 and Xbox One bandwagon. There is nothing worse than buying a console and then having to wait for enough age appropriate games to make it really enjoyable.