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Cyber Monday: Finding The Right Console Bargain For Your Family

If you are looking for a new console for Christmas you may read lots of headlines about inflated prices and scalpers scooping up supply. However, as we wrote recently on the subject, there are still lots of options for families. Here are our tips for making sure you find the right console at the right price.

Bundles

If you are looking at a console and game bundle it's important to know the base price of the hardware so you can make an informed decision:

  • PlayStation 5 (With Disc Drive) £449.99
  • PlayStation 5 (Digital) £359
  • Xbox Series X £449.99
  • Switch OLED £309.99

These are the prices the systems cost without any extra peripherals or games. You may see consoles with a game that offer a discount. Armed with the price of hardware alone enables you to make a good decision about which bundle would work for you. It's also good to consider if you would have brought the game anyway?

Alternatives

It's easy to assume that you need the high-end consoles to enjoy video games with your family but there are many other options.

  • Xbox Series S £249.99
  • PlayStation 4 £249.99
  • Switch £259.99
  • Switch Lite £199.99

These lower-powered consoles are more available and still grant access to some amazing games for your family. Because they have been around for a long time it can also offer a route to much cheaper second-hand games, or hand-me-downs from other family members.

Peripherals

It's important that you have enough controllers for you and your family to play together. When making your choice about which console is a good match for you, ensure you factor in buying enough controllers.

You can find officially licenced third party controllers at a lower cost. These may not match the build quality of official controllers but are an affordable and equally robust alternative to get the whole family playing together.

It's also worth noting that many Switch games can be played with one half of the the Joy-Con controller that comes with the system. This means you only need to purchase one more Joy-Con pair to play with 4 players.

On PlayStation 5 you can use the older controllers to play games from previous generations. And on the Xbox Series X|S you can also play new games using the Xbox One controllers.

Games

Finding the right games to go with your console is the next consideration. Although there are some games exclusively available on the Switch, PlayStation or Xbox, you can find all genres and styles of play on any of the consoles.

As with ensuring you have enough controllers for everyone, it's important to find a range of games that get the whole family playing together. This can include games that are competitive and high action, but also good to consider are the slower games that newcomers can enjoy.

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Andrew Robertson
Andy Robertson is the editor of AskAboutGames and has written for national press and broadcast about video games and families for over 15 years. He has just published the Taming Gaming book with its Family Video Game Database.