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If you’ve got a game lover in your life, you’ll score major points with one of these great gifts.
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Video Game Gifting Advice

This is a tough call. The most popular consoles, Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft XBOX One, have a lot going for them.


Both consoles have these features:

Connect to the Internet
Allow group gaming
Use wireless controllers
Store massive amounts of data


There are differences. The PS4 doesn't have anything like the motion-driven Kinect on the XBOX. The XBOX can also be an entertainment center. You can stream Netflix and other video channels. However, the Kinect-version of the XBOX One does cost more than the PS4.


The other difference is game availability. Some consoles have exclusive rights to a game for up to 1 year, so you have to research release dates by console. Usually, the major game titles will launch on both systems on the same date.


Our best advice: Listen to the recipient's conversation about gaming, and let that drive the gifting decision.

A video game controller is a less challenging gift to buy for a gamer. You can use our handy features checklist!


A good video game controller should have all of these features:

Wireless - no one wants to be leashed to the console!
Wireless range of 30 feet or more
Headset port for group gaming communication
Left- and right-shoulder buttons
Control buttons for the gaming console
Vibrating touch features to 'feel' the gaming action


It's difficult, if not impossible, to find a video game controller that will work for the XBOX, PlayStation 4, Wii and Amazon Fire TV games. You'll probably need to buy one for each console.


Prices range from $30 to $100, depending on the console and the controller's killer features.