Whether you’re kitting out your teenagers with the latest gaming gadgets or have been bitten by the bug yourself, video gaming can be a very satisfying source of family fun and excitement. Here is some top gear to get you started.
Nintendo Switch, R6 499
If you want something the whole family can get into, then try Switch, which can be played on the TV in the lounge, and then undocked and converted for quality hand-held play in the back of the car. Nintendo’s own games are superb, good clean fun (Super Mario Bros. and Pokémon, for example), but many of the more serious games are also available – for Dad!
Xbox One S, R4 999
The very latest Xbox One X has vastly more power than anyone can use today (or tomorrow!), but the older One S still has plenty of oomph and costs less than half the price. The One S is primarily designed to play your games in full HD (FHD) and will upgrade older games to FHD as you play. Also, it can stream ultra-high-definition (UHD) movies and play UHD movie discs.
LucidView Enforcer, R1 650
If you’ve got gamers in your household, chances are you’ll end up competing for Internet resources. Calm domestic tension with this easy-to-install SA-made device that attaches to your router and allows you to dedicate a fixed portion of bandwidth to the gamers, so there’s no argument about Internet slowdowns affecting game performance. If you’re a concerned parent, this same device helps you filter undesirable content on the Web, and even schedule Internet time-outs.
Acer Predator Helios 500, R39 999
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