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Santa’s big surprise: Which game console should you buy your kids this Christmas?

Ever since the dawn of video games, children have been enamored with them. They love the colorful graphics and the skills that it takes to help them win. These games are tons of fun and can provide entertainment for the whole family! 

So, which one will Santa be leaving underneath the Christmas tree for your kids this year? Let’s take a look at what consoles are coming out and review their specs.

Xbox Series X

The Xbox Series X

The new Xbox Series X is a straight forward, high-tech gaming machine. After being teased under the codename “Project Scarlett” more than two years ago, the console is finally a reality and here just in time for the holiday season. It is set to be one of the most immersive and compatible gaming consoles on the market. Games come to life more than ever before with beautiful graphics and higher frame rates. It boasts faster load times, which plenty of gamers will be happy to see.

The company is also expanding their Xbox All Access program to 12 more countries with the release of this console. For old-school gamers who have been with Xbox since the beginning, the Xbox Series X allows you to bring all the games from every generation and more moving forward. This console would be great for kids who are a little bit older, perhaps in the 10 to 12 age range. Some of the games have adult themes, so you will need to check before you give them access. Priced to move at $599, it is one console that your child will never forget, whether they are new to the gaming scene or seasoned gamers.

Xbox Series S

Xbox Series S

The X-Box Series S is making gaming accessible to everyone with its sleek console and no disc port. Everything is entirely digital and can be downloaded and played. Faster load times on games can definitely be expected with this smaller console. But there is no compromise when it comes to graphics or quality. There are numerous games that are being released, too. Xbox is teaming up with Electronic Arts to provide Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC members with an EA Play membership. This is at no additional cost to the user. This console is great for those who don’t have a lot of space for a large console and prefer digital games to discs.

Playstation 5

Playstation 5

Gamers have been waiting for a long time for the Playstation 5 to release. A wonderful thing about this console is that you can play a back catalog of your PS4 games on this new console. There are beautiful frame rates, so you don’t have to worry about choppy graphics. Publishers of PS4 games have the ability to upgrade to PS5 discs if they wish. Their DualSense™ wireless controller has amazing haptic feedback and a built-in microphone for one smooth-looking design.

Playstation 5 Digital Edition

Playstation 5 Digital Edition

Much like the Xbox Series S, the Playstation 5 Digital Edition is just that. It is an all-digital edition of the console with no disc port, so no physical discs are needed. Speeds are super fast and the graphics are impeccable. This is a great console for kids in the 10 to 12 age range. Moms and dads will love it, too, because there won’t be a bunch of video game cases strewn about all over the place!

Whichever console you choose, your child is sure to love it! Wait until you see their faces on Christmas morning! It will be so worth it!

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