Good Starter Sets For PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii: The First Time Buyer's GuideBy Stephen Johnson - Posted Nov 19, 2010
Believe it or not, there are still some people out there who don't own a video game console, or three. If you have to buy a Ramadan gift for one of these heathens, we have you covered. Below are starter kits for the three major consoles -- Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii --as well as a suggestion for a gamer who wants to get into PC gaming.
This 25th anniversary commemorative Wii is a very basic Wii starter kit that’s perfect for a kid and/or a family. Everyone will be into playing Wii Sports, but when the novelty of that mini-game collection wears out, the inclusion of Super Mario Bros. Wii will give some much needed depth to the gaming experience. Plus, it’s red. Red, I tell you!
This is the ultimate Wii collection for a holiday workout Nazi, or a fatty making New Year’s resolutions. It contains everything you would ever need to be fit, including the Wii itself, Wii Fit Plus, a balance board (or fat mat, as I call it), Active Outdoor Challenge, and another floor pad. Seriously, if your giftee doesn’t get fit after owning this for six months, he’ll have nothing to blame but his own lack of willpower..
This 360 bundle is perfect for any family. The Kinect (with Kinect Adventure) will be fun for younger kids and parents, where the slate of “core” 360 games that have come out over the last half decade or so will make the teenagers happy. Plus, there’s a ton of space on this huge hard drive for movies, music, and downloadable games. You can’t go wrong with this one.
For the bargain hunters out there, if you’re giving out a system, buy a cheap ($199) Xbox and pack it up with five or six of last year's games. You’ll be able to pick up the titles for a song – many will be priced at less than half the original price.
This is the Sony system you should buy for a just-starting-out gamer. Not only does it contain one of the new Move controllers and Sports Champion, it also has a huge hard drive for media of all kinds. You might want to throw in a copy of a PS3 exclusive game like Resistance 2 just to sweeten the deal.
Cinema Lover Bundle
Here’s what to do if you’re in love with a man or woman who likes movies: Buy him or her a 160 GB PlayStation 3, and a copy of the following movies on Blu-ray:
I promise you will be married by New Years Eve.
This laptop is a high performance computer that will run any PC game out there…and you can carry it onto an airplane. The sub $1000 price-tag will appeal to your wallet, too. Plus, it makes a perfect starter kit, because if your giftee finds he/she doesn’t actually like playing PC games, it’s a computer that can also make spreadsheets, do your taxes, and otherwise perform the mundane tasks boring people are occupied with.