Latest Games Consoles 2011 2012

by TerriRexson

Are you considering a new games console? Let's look at the options available for Christmas 2011 and early 2012.

Choosing a New Games Console

So you're considering a new games console? A games console is a popular family Christmas gift. If you choose the right console then the whole family can have lots of fun. 

But which are the latest games consoles? What new games consoles are coming out soon? Should you buy now or wait? How do the different consoles work together? 

If you're buying a games console for yourself, your family or as a gift we'll give you an overview of your choices. 

Games Consoles for use with TV

If you're looking for a home games machine then there are 3 big players:

  • Sony PlayStation
  • Nintendo Wii
  • MicroSoft X-Box

None of these consoles have a major new console out for Christmas 2011. They all have next generation versions being planning, or at least rumored for the future. We'll look at each of them and whether it makes sense to buy at this point or wait. 

XBox 360

Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Value Bundle with Kinect

Xbox 360 has more ways to play, now with 2 free Kinect games and a 3 Month Xbox LIVE Gold membership included for a limited time.

Only $153.99
Xbox 360 Gears of War 3 Limited Edition Console Bundle

Custom designed with artwork inspired by "Gears of War 3", Xbox 360 is offering this exclusive console with Wi-Fi built-in for easier connection to the world of games and ...

$399.99  $375.00

Microsoft XBox 360

Best all round family games console

The XBox 360 is the latest version of MicroSoft's console. It's Kinect sensor detects your movement for fun and interactive gaming for the whole family. 

The next version of this console will be the XBox 720 but this is not expected to arrive until some time in 2013. The XBox 360 will be current for quite a while yet, there's no point waiting for the next release. 

The XBox 360 is a games console with broad appeal. Everyone in the family will find games they like. It has a good specification and is more affordable when bought in a bundle with the Kinect Sensor and games. 

Wii Console

Wii Console with Mario Kart Wii Bundle - Black

Includes: Black Wii Console, Mario Kart Wii, Black Wii Wheel, Black Nunchuk Controller, Black Wii Remote Plus.

Only $149.99

Nintendo Wii

The Nintendo Wii is a fun games console with motion sensor. It's the cheapest option games console for use with a big screen TV. It has loads of fun titles with lots of colorful and cartoon graphics. 

We have a Nintendo Wii and it's brilliant fun. Our kids are small and just starting to play games. I use the balance board on the Wii for fitness games. There are lots of fun games we can play together as a family. 

The Wii uDraw is also a great family accessory for the Nintendo Wii. It's a drawing tablet that connects to the Nintendo Wii and has various titles to teach kids to draw and have lots of creative fun. A great way to prepare future graphic designers!

The next generation of this console will be the Nintendo Wii U. All Nintendo have said about the release date is that it will be announced in 2012. I'd say there's a reasonable chance of it being released in 2012, but not at the beginning, but releases often get pushed back.

The Wii is fairly inexpensive now so it's worth getting if your family will get lots of use from it. Nintendo have said that Wii games and controllers from the current Wii console will work with Wii U so you'll still be able to make use of the extras if you upgrade later. This is very sensible. 

Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board

Wii Fit attracted millions of new players to the world of video games. Now Wii Fit Plus offers a range of new features and enhancements to help players reinvigorate their ...

$79.99  $50.00
uDraw Game Tablet with Disney Princess Enchanted Storybook and uDraw Studio Bundle

Dive into the world of Disney Princess by interacting inside the pages of their enchanting storybooks using the uDraw GameTablet for Wii and Nintendo DS. Players wield their ...

Only $49.99

Wii U

Not available yet
Nintendo Wii U

The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen and traditional button controls, including two analog Circle Pads. This combination removes the traditional ...

$160.96  $156.3

PlayStation 3 | PS3

PlayStation 3 320GB System/PlayStation Move Bundle

It only does everything. With Blu-ray gaming and movies all playable in stunning high definition, the ability to download games, movies and more from the PlayStation Network, ...

$201.99  $198.0
PS3 320GB Uncharted 3 Bundle

PlayStation 3 is the only gaming machine that delivers a complete high-definition entertainment system with a built-in Blu-ray player, hard drive, Wi-Fi, and full range multi ...

Only $172.83

Sony PlayStation 3

The Sony PlayStation 3 is a serious games console with great graphics and lots of titles that come from Japan. 

We have a PS3 which is used primarily by my partner to play proper games. Though the fun PlayStation Buzz junior games are an exception - the kids love those. So you can keep a serious gamer and young kids happy with the PS3. 

At the moment the PS4 is just a rumor. Sony are working on a next generation console, but it's not due until at least the end of 2012, possibly later. 

But, there is a new Sony PS Vita handheld games console coming out in early 2012. This console is compatible with the PS3 and allows you to move games to and from the PS3. Very convenient when you want to kick a gamer off the TV so someone else can watch their favorite show!

Buzz Junior for PlayStation

BUZZ Jr.! Jungle Party Bundle

BUZZ JR! Jungle Party PS2

$29.99  $20.94

Handheld Games Consoles

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS - Flame Red

Nintendo 3DS includes two screens. The bottom touch screen makes use of a telescoping stylus that is stored in the unit itself. The top screen displays 3D visuals to the naked ...

Only $139.99

Nintendo 3DS - 3D Gaming

The Nintendo 3DS is a handheld games console with a difference. It has a 3D display! Yes, the top screen creates a 3D effect without glasses. This is a fun games console for older kids. 

For younger kids, stick to the Nintedo DS - it has loads of fun games and the 3D effect on the 3DS is not recommended for kids under 7. 

Nintendo DS

Nintendo DS Lite Crimson / Black

Nintendo DS Lite Portable Game System (Crimson/Black) This Lite is heavy on features. Nintendo DS Lite sports two brighter screens with four brightness settings. The powerful ...

Only $62.49

More on the 3DS

Everything you need to know before buying a Nintendo 3DS for yourself or your child.

PlayStation Vita

PlayStation Vita - WiFi

Sony's PlayStation Vita, previously codenamed "Next Generation Portable", is the successor to the PlayStation Portable hardware series. Vita retains the familiar general form ...

$136.98  $133.0

Sony PlayStation Vita

The PlayStation Vita is Sony's new portable games console. This is a grown up games console that older kids and adults will enjoy. This is an exciting new console packing with all sorts of controls and sensors. 

Unfortunately it's not out in time for Christmas in the US. It is coming out in February 2012 though so not long to wait and it's available to preorder now. 

PS Vita First Edition Bundle

PlayStation Vita First Edition Bundle

PlayStation Vita First Edition Bundle: Claim your PS Vita week before the official release date with the PlayStation Vita First Edition Bundle. Become one of the first to ...

Only $349.99

More on the PS Vita

The Sony PlayStation Vita is a next generation handheld games console. It has a touch screen and lots of sensors and controls for a very interactive gaming experience.

Happy Gaming!

I hope you have lots of fun with your new games console. 

Updated: 10/28/2011, TerriRexson
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