These game bundles sometimes are about the same price as buying the console separately and allow the purchaser to get started right away playing games and becoming connected to the gaming and entertainment networks that these bundles provide.
The Xbox 360 by Microsoft is the oldest of the new generation of gaming consoles, being the first to market back in 2005. It features the popular Xbox Live gaming network that allows for superior online game play. Recently, Xbox gained the Kinect add-on that mimics the Wii’s popular movement based gaming, allowing the user to become even more involved in the gaming experience.
The PlayStation 3 by Sony is the most powerful of all the major consoles, coming equipped with a built-in blu-ray player in addition to the free PlayStation Network that allows for streaming video and online game play.
The Wii is the least powerful console in terms of hardware, but arguably offers the best game experience with its motion censored gaming that includes everyone and makes games more interactive than ever.
For gamers looking for an on the go gaming experience there is the DS and PSP, handheld offerings from Nintendo and Sony respectively. These handheld gaming devices are very powerful and offer a rich, colorful gaming experience right in the palm of your hand. These devices are also capable of playing other media, making them a portable media center. While all of these devices will cost you anywhere from $100-$400, they offer countless hours of entertainment as well as the mentioned bonuses.
Not only do these bundles offer quality home entertainment systems in addition to intense gaming, they make for great gifts for any occasion. Gaming bundles make great birthday, graduation, holiday or housewarming gifts, as they provide the recipient with an all in one media device that can be used for an ever-expanding array of digital entertainment.
Xbox Live goes far beyond gaming, including streaming movies, Netflix, Hulu Plus and ESPN content. Simply connecting the console to your television plugs you into some of the most exclusive digital content on the web.
PlayStation 3 also features Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon video. For those that are on the fence about getting a console now or waiting until the next generation of gaming consoles, consider the multitude of additional content you get when purchasing a console bundle. Controllers, games, internet game play and access would cost much more than you would pay for the bundle.
Games for these consoles often are $40-60 new and Xbox Live is an additional monthly cost if you want to experience online game play. When purchasing a new console, one can see the benefit of buying a console game bundle: not only do you save money in the long run, but you also get an all in one package that allows you to experience all the console has to offer without having to buy all the pieces over time.
These bundles are widely available at any major retailer and often come with today’s most popular games and add on devices like the Kinect. Next time you are looking to make a major console purchase, choose a bundle to get the best bang for your buck!