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« on: October 04, 2015, 02:46:33 PM »

Hey folks,

I'm thinking about acquiring a new console. I currently have a PS3 and Xbox 360 but the PS3 is broken, and I need a new blu ray player!

My kids are a 5 year old boy and a 7 year old girl. For them I'd be looking for games either completely or virtually devoid of violence - preferably games where they built stuff, or learned things. For me, on consoles I like playing racing games, enjoyed Batman: Arkham Asylum and enjoy sports games. I'm not into console shooters that are fast paced (like Halo, Battlefield etc - those belong on the PC!).

So help me out: which console would be better? Which has the better game selection for kids? Does the new Kinect work better than the old one? Is it worth getting so my kids can do stuff with it?

Thanks in advance for any replies!
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2015, 03:01:47 PM »

I have an XB1 and I like the new Kinect but I don't use it for gaming mainly for the voice function for controlling console (switching channels, snapping apps and capturing gaming moments.) Now for your choice if I had to recommended a console I would a PS4.  Currently, it;s the lead console for many game makers and have the better graphics that run at a native 1080p.  Many games are cross platform with both have good exclusives.   If you're into gaming with friends the majority here are on PS4

Saying that I love my XB1 and I think it a great console that is getting better and I don't regret my choice at all

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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2015, 03:40:30 PM »

Most of the kid-friendly games are cross-platform so that they can hit as broad a market as possible, which is a good thing for you.  (LEGO games, Disney Infinity, Skylanders, etc)

Having said that, the XB1 has Project Spark, which is sort of a more freeform "build and play" type thing, Zoo Tycoon, Screamride, as well as Rare Replay which is a ton of classic family friendly games (other than Conker). 

The PS4 has Little Big Planet 3 for make-and-play as well as Tearaway.  There's also Knack, but that's probably too combat focused and difficult for younger children.

Minecraft is cross platform, but of course Microsoft owns that now so it's hard to know if they'll ever do exclusive extensions or extra work on XB1 (I'd guess probably not, since they want to satisfy their whole audience). 

If you care about racing games, the Xbox definitely has more and higher quality ones right now (Forza 5/6, Forza Horizon 2) as well as all the cross-platform ones.  The PS4 has Driveclub which came out poor but has been patched since (although still not a great game).  They'll also eventually get a new Gran Tourismo, but not until late next year at the earliest.  There are of course also cross platform Need for Speed, Project CARS, The Crew, etc.

I think sports are pretty much even across the board, except the PS4 has an exclusive baseball game that Sony makes (MLB I think?) if you like those.

There haven't been a ton of Kinect games for XB1.  It does work better than on the 360 (better angles, more fidelity, better microphones), but I think for most early adopters the thrill had worn off so it's kind of gone by the wayside.  There are a few games that need it, like Disney's Fantasia, Dance Central, Kinect Sports Rivals and there are some that have extra functionality for Kinect but don't require it like Zoo Tycoon and Project Spark.  If your family really liked Kinect (or might now) it's probably worth it for kids, but don't expect a ton of AAA games in the future (there are some indie games that use it, though). 

If you have a lot of 360 games, there's a chance some of them might be part of the backwards compatible push this fall or later, if that matters to you.

FWIW, I have both but I prefer my Xbox One, so that may color my opinion.

You probably can't go wrong with either of them.  In general the PS4 is leading the market, but that also means you may be able to get a better deal on XB1.  They're both selling better than the consoles of the previous gen, so neither is going to fail.  I'd say try to make a list of games interest you and your family most and then go for that.  It's a bit of a personal choice, so I think you'll be happy with whatever has the games you want right now and whichever ecosystem you prefer.
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2015, 12:42:36 PM »

The cheapest.   icon_biggrin  Seriously the vast majority of games come out on both systems so I would buy the cheapest so you can get more games.


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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2015, 01:11:52 PM »

XB1 has Forza for racing while PS4 has MLB: The Show for sports. Multi-plats tend to be slightly better on the PS4.  Kids games are essentially a wash, frankly better covered by WiiU. PS4 has more indie support though XB1 isn't as far behind now as they were, also on that front PS4 has more of those indie couch co-op games along the lines of Tower Fall. PS4 also has a bit more support for niche Japanese releases like Disgaea and JRPGs like the upcoming Persona 5. Also if you like the Souls games there is Bloodborne.  Street Fighter 5 will also be PC/PS4 only, so if you are into that series that is worth noting.
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