There was once a time when little Jane and Jimmy Christmas wanted nothing more than a rocking horse, an Action Man and a giant Toblerone sitting wrapped beneath their Christmas trees. Now, for better or worse, they want videogames like Gears of War, Modern Warfare and The Legend of Zelda instead. Oh, and that giant Toberlone too.
So to save tears come Christmas morning, what games consoles are they going to need to play all this year’s best titles on? And which ones go that extra mile to offer multimedia fun for all the family too? PS3 or Xbox 360? PlayStation Vita or Nintendo 3DS? Read on to find out!
Sony PlayStation 3
First up: Sony's PlayStation 3. If you're looking for a console that offers superb value for money, look no further. Not only are you getting a top-notch HD gaming console, with the likes of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Resistance 3 and Killzone 3 all exclusively part of its games library as well as titles like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Modern Warfare 3, but it's also a fully-fledged 3D Blu-ray player, DVD player and all-round multimedia hub (once connected to your home network). Unlike the Xbox 360's Xbox Live online gaming service, using Sony's PlayStation Network is absolutely free of charge, letting you challenge your friends online without dishing out a single penny, and also comes with loads of free VOD streaming services like iPlayer and 4oD packed in too. £189 from Amazon