Most people today have at least some experience with handheld game systems. These are highly portable, practical and a lot of fun to play without taking up all the space and requiring all the components of the larger console systems.
Today, more than in the past, the smaller handhelds really don’t restrict the level of play you can enjoy. In the past the graphics and the sound, as well as the options for games for kids, teens and adults, were limited but today you can play just about any game you want on the specific brand of device it was made for.
Considerations for Teens
If you are buying handheld game systems for teens, especially tech-savvy teens that are used to playing on a console system, you will want to choose for graphics and system features.
There are high and low prices you can expect to pay for the systems. As with most things new, trendy and electronic, you will pay more of the latest generation and the most advanced types of devices.
However, and this is important to consider, these also provide the best overall user play experience. They also provide a greater opportunity to expand to fill the needs for more advanced games that your teens are going to want to have as soon as they hit the market.
Battery life will be a consideration for these handheld system, with most having about three to five hours of battery life, even with full-time play. They can be easily charged in a vehicle, which makes them a great option for traveling or just keeping teens busy on those rainy days when there is nothing else to do.
Considerations for Kids
For younger children, handheld game systems that are more basic and less complex with regards to options, features and settings is often more important. They will also be more durable and able to stand up to drops, falls and getting banged around.
Generally, a younger child can easily learn even a more complex gaming system if parents and older siblings are patient and let the kids practice. In fact, many parents may find that younger kids catch on faster to the controls on these sleek handhelds than they do.
Remember, when buying any of the handheld game systems look for the warranty, read reviews and check out the rating given by electronic websites and forums to make the right choice.