Video games can be great fun for the whole family, but if you're not a gamer, it can be tough to know where to start. Here are some gaming consoles and games that everyone can enjoy together.
The Nintendo 3DS family is a group of handheld game consoles that are developed and sold by Nintendo since 2011. The Nintendo family consists of six different models: the original 3DS and its XL version, the Nintendo 2DS, the New Nintendo 3DS, and its XL version, and the New Nintendo 2DS XL. In comparison to the 2DS models, the Nintendo 3DS can project stereoscopic 3D effects without using 3D glasses or any additional accessories. You can also share game data with other players via StreetPass or play online against other players.
The Nintendo Switch that was released worldwide on March 3, 2017, is a kind of hybrid console: In the portable mode, you can use it as a handheld console. By using a docking station, you can also connect the Nintendo Switch to a television. The docked mode is combined with the wireless Joy-Con controllers. So, you can have a multiplayer option with a parent and kid.
The Wii U – also produced and sold by Nintendo – is very famous for its GamePad and its existing Wii controllers. By combining both you have many new options for collaborated gaming. You can also use the GamePad while someone else is watching TV -thanks to its little-integrated display.
Sony’s PlayStation 4 represents a new era of consoles. Its memory controllers which are called DualShock 4 have an integrated touchpad. They have also a motion tracking system that is now more sensitive than those of the PlayStation 3’s. The PlayStation 4 also provides a virtual reality system that contains a headset, which features a 1080p display panel. On the headset are LED lights that are used by a camera to track its motion. A control box processes 3D audio effects, as well as video output to the external display.
The Xbox One competes against the PlayStation 4 and is famous for its Kinect 2.0 sensor. This sensor features a wide-angle time-of-flight camera and a 1080p camera. It can process 2GB of data per second in order to map its environment. The Kinect 2.0 sensor is able to track up to 6 people simultaneously. So active gaming with the whole family is possible.
There's a huge range of different types of video games. While some of them are available for nearly every platform, others can just be played on one type of gaming console. Here are some video games for your whole family:
Racing games are perfect for a rainy Sunday at home. The game Ridge Racer is a wholesome, skill-based racing game. While driving on colorful and visually stunning race tracks, the player cannot attack other competitors. Ridge Racer is available for Nintendo 3DS.
Jump and Run games are perfect for playing with the family. Rayman is a very famous game series, and it's available on many different platforms. During the game, you have to manage different levels which deliver much fun.
There are many LEGO video games made for children. One of the best is LEGO – The Incredibles. The game is inspired by the movie The Incredibles and is for children of at least 12 years. It can be played on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
You can download and play Overcooked on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One. It is made for kids of at least eight years old. Overcooked is about the Onion Kingdom, a land of only kitchens. When an enormous monster arrived that demands to be fed, the king sends you back to 1993 to run the full gauntlet of every kitchen.
If you are looking for more detailed information about video games, check out Common Sense Media. They have lots of information about different types of video games and their appropriateness for certain children. But don’t forget in any case to check the age recommendation because there are some games e.g. Dragon Age that sound interesting for children but are made only for people of at least 18 years.
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