What is the Best Video Game Console for Families?

What is the Best Video Game Console for Families?

What is the Best Gaming System for Kids?

Unless they were a gamer themselves, it is doubtful that very many parents have ever said, “What this family really needs is a video game system.” But even if you have never uttered those words your kids probably have. So what video game console is best for families the Playstation, Xbox, or the Nintendo Switch console?

Console

Nintendo Switch – OLED

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch – OLED Model w/ White Joy-Con
Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con
Nintendo Switch Lite - Turquoise
Play on TV
Play as Handheld
Screen Size
7 inch OLED Touch Screen
6.2 inch Touch Screen
5.5 inch Touch Screen
Battery Life
4.5-9 hours
4.5-9 hours
3-7 hours
Can Play Physical Games
Can Play Digital Games
Console

Nintendo Switch – OLED

Nintendo Switch – OLED Model w/ White Joy-Con
Play on TV
Play as Handheld
Screen Size
7 inch OLED Touch Screen
Battery Life
4.5-9 hours
Can Play Physical Games
Can Play Digital Games
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Console

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con
Play on TV
Play as Handheld
Screen Size
6.2 inch Touch Screen
Battery Life
4.5-9 hours
Can Play Physical Games
Can Play Digital Games
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Console

Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite - Turquoise
Play on TV
Play as Handheld
Screen Size
5.5 inch Touch Screen
Battery Life
3-7 hours
Can Play Physical Games
Can Play Digital Games
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Console

Xbox Series X

Xbox Series S

Xbox One S

Xbox Series X
Xbox Series S
Microsoft Xbox One S 1Tb Console - White [Discontinued]
Play on TV
Play as Handheld
Exclusive Games

Although there are still some exclusive games for the Xbox like Forza Horizon 5, Sea of Thieves, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and the Halo Series, Microsoft has opened up many of its games, like Minecraft, to other consoles.

Xbox owners may not have as many exclusives as they used to, but there is still plenty of current and previous kid- and family-friendly games to choose from like Lego Star Wars, Plants vs. Zombies, Rocket League, sports games like NBA 2K, and games with characters like Spyro, Sonic the Hedgehog.

Although there are still some exclusive games for the Xbox like Forza Horizon 5, Sea of Thieves, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and the Halo Series, Microsoft has opened up many of its games, like Minecraft, to other consoles.

Xbox owners may not have as many exclusives as they used to, but there is still plenty of current and previous kid- and family-friendly games to choose from like Lego Star Wars, Plants vs. Zombies, Rocket League, sports games like NBA 2K, and games with characters like Spyro, Sonic the Hedgehog.

Although there are still some exclusive games for the Xbox like Forza Horizon 5, Sea of Thieves, and the Halo Series, Microsoft has opened up many of its games, like Minecraft, to other consoles.

Xbox owners may not have as many exclusives as they used to, but there is still plenty of current and previous kid- and family-friendly games to choose from like Lego Star Wars, Plants vs. Zombies, Rocket League, sports games like NBA 2K, and games with characters like Spyro, Sonic the Hedgehog.

Can Play Physical Games
Can Play Digital Games
Best For
The Xbox Series X is a powerful console that allows you to play games in 4K, making it a great choice for serious gamers. Plus, it gives you the flexibility to buy both digital and physical game copies as well as take advantage of the backward compatibility that is built into the Xbox Series X.
This digital console is perfect for those who like to buy digital copies of games to avoid the clutter of physical games. With the Series S, you can enjoy games at up to 1440p resolution. It's not quite as powerful as the Series X, but it's more affordable. Plus, you can enjoy a huge library of older digital games on your Xbox Series S thanks to its backward compatibility feature.
The Xbox One S, which is not as powerful as the Xbox One X or S, has been officially discontinued. However, you can still find both new and used versions of this console for a reasonable price. The Xbox One S can be a great option for those who are new to gaming, as it is compatible with most new games as well as the long list of backward-compatible titles.
Console

Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X
Play on TV
Play as Handheld
Exclusive Games

Although there are still some exclusive games for the Xbox like Forza Horizon 5, Sea of Thieves, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and the Halo Series, Microsoft has opened up many of its games, like Minecraft, to other consoles.

Xbox owners may not have as many exclusives as they used to, but there is still plenty of current and previous kid- and family-friendly games to choose from like Lego Star Wars, Plants vs. Zombies, Rocket League, sports games like NBA 2K, and games with characters like Spyro, Sonic the Hedgehog.

Can Play Physical Games
Can Play Digital Games
Best For
The Xbox Series X is a powerful console that allows you to play games in 4K, making it a great choice for serious gamers. Plus, it gives you the flexibility to buy both digital and physical game copies as well as take advantage of the backward compatibility that is built into the Xbox Series X.
Buy Now
Console

Xbox Series S

Xbox Series S
Play on TV
Play as Handheld
Exclusive Games

Although there are still some exclusive games for the Xbox like Forza Horizon 5, Sea of Thieves, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and the Halo Series, Microsoft has opened up many of its games, like Minecraft, to other consoles.

Xbox owners may not have as many exclusives as they used to, but there is still plenty of current and previous kid- and family-friendly games to choose from like Lego Star Wars, Plants vs. Zombies, Rocket League, sports games like NBA 2K, and games with characters like Spyro, Sonic the Hedgehog.

Can Play Physical Games
Can Play Digital Games
Best For
This digital console is perfect for those who like to buy digital copies of games to avoid the clutter of physical games. With the Series S, you can enjoy games at up to 1440p resolution. It's not quite as powerful as the Series X, but it's more affordable. Plus, you can enjoy a huge library of older digital games on your Xbox Series S thanks to its backward compatibility feature.
Buy Now
Console

Xbox One S

Microsoft Xbox One S 1Tb Console - White [Discontinued]
Play on TV
Play as Handheld
Exclusive Games

Although there are still some exclusive games for the Xbox like Forza Horizon 5, Sea of Thieves, and the Halo Series, Microsoft has opened up many of its games, like Minecraft, to other consoles.

Xbox owners may not have as many exclusives as they used to, but there is still plenty of current and previous kid- and family-friendly games to choose from like Lego Star Wars, Plants vs. Zombies, Rocket League, sports games like NBA 2K, and games with characters like Spyro, Sonic the Hedgehog.

Can Play Physical Games
Can Play Digital Games
Best For
The Xbox One S, which is not as powerful as the Xbox One X or S, has been officially discontinued. However, you can still find both new and used versions of this console for a reasonable price. The Xbox One S can be a great option for those who are new to gaming, as it is compatible with most new games as well as the long list of backward-compatible titles.
Buy Now
Console

PlayStation 5

PlayStation 5 Digital Edition

PlayStation 4 Slim

PlayStation 5 Console
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition
PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console
Play on TV
Play as Handheld
Can Play Physical Games
Can Play Digital Games
Console

PlayStation 5

PlayStation 5 Console
Play on TV
Play as Handheld
Can Play Physical Games
Can Play Digital Games
Buy Now
Console

PlayStation 5 Digital Edition

PlayStation 5 Digital Edition
Play on TV
Play as Handheld
Can Play Physical Games
Can Play Digital Games
Buy Now
Console

PlayStation 4 Slim

PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console
Play on TV
Play as Handheld
Can Play Physical Games
Can Play Digital Games
Buy Now

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