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Board Games for Families With Kids

Families with kids need to think carefully before buying board games that would be fun and educational for the little ones and teenagers. Here are some popular board games that find pride of place in many families with kids:

• Scrabble: You can build your kids’ vocabulary, and help them play with words with a wide variety of scrabble games available in the market. Depending on the age group, you can pick versions of this board game that are available in varied difficulty levels to suit anyone from nursery kids to young adults. For years, this wordplay has been a favorite with households all around the world and you too can have fun with your family by buying one.

• Pictionary: If you love playing dumb charades, you will surely have fun of a different kind playing Pictionary where instead of acting out the answers as in charades, you will have to do it with drawings on paper. These board games are available in varying difficulty levels, and you usually get a pack of game board, pencils and paper, a timer, card deck, challenge die, standard die, and rules when you buy a game. This game tests how well a player can imagine and communicate under restricted circumstances.

• Taboo: In this game, the trick is to give clues that are carefully-worded and creative, to help your team guess words quickly. However, you should refrain from using the obvious clues, which are strictly taboos. If you end up mentioning them, you will lose points. A taboo usually comes with a number of taboo cards, a card tray and cardholder, game-changer die, buzzer, sand timer and score pad. Four or more players can play this game.

• Carom: This is one of the popular board games that can be played by 2, 3 or 4 players. Suitable for players aged 6 years and above, this social game can let people have some fun while pocketing the wooden pieces with the striker. So, if you would like to hone your carom skills and bond over the play, bring home a carom board and the required accessories today.

These are some of the most common board games prevalent in families with kids, though there are many other varieties of games that families can enjoy. All you need to do is opt for some research online to find the ideal game that you can play with your family and have a great time.

Microsoft Xbox ONE Vs Sony PS4

Graphics

The most important question in the gaming world is; which has better graphics? However, it is very difficult to answer. We are saying difficult because if you compare graphics of the current Xbox 360 with the PS3, it will vary from game-to-game, and generally the difference is not that great. It’s all down to the way games are made.

The one way to judge the graphics of both consoles is to look at what is going on under the hood – checking out the GPU, the CPU and the core system memory that run the show.

Xbox One vs Sony PS4 – Controllers

Microsoft has done few minor redesign & Kinect redesign. Microsoft claims that they have made more forty improvements. However, most of the changes are related to ergonomics. An integrated battery compartment, new triggers and Wi-Fi Direct will come with the new controller.

PS4 – Moderate redesign and integrated Move

Sony has done some serious changes here. Now, there will be a move light on the controller’s rear, which will function like the

Move motion control ‘sticks’. There is also a share button which lets you share game moments instantly. Sony has given a completely new look to Sixaxis. However, the shape of the controllers is much the same as the current-model.But, now, the users will get more control with a track pad that sits between the D-pad and the buttons.

Xbox ONE Hardware

The Xbox One processor will be based on Jaguar architecture from AMD. It will use an APU with eight x86-64 cores clocked at 1.75 GHz that comes with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM with a memory bandwidth of 68.3 GB/s. However, according to some reports, 3 GB of RAM will be reserved for the operating system and apps for games.

The memory subsystem will also come with an additional 32 MB of “embedded static” RAM, or eSRAM, with a memory bandwidth of 102 GB/s,

The console has a a Blu-ray Disc optical drive and a 500 GB non-replaceable hard drive.

The graphics processing unit (GPU) will run on AMD GCN. It will have a total of 768 cores running at 853 MHz providing an estimated peak theoretical power of 1.31 TFLOPS.

The gaming console will feature Wi-Fi Direct, Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n wireless for networking.

The Xbox One will support 4K resolution (3840×2160) (2160p) video output and 7.1 surround sound. The Xbox One will have an HDMI 1.4 for both input and output, however, it won’t support composite or component video.

PlayStation 4 Hardware

The heart of both the console is similar. Both have a processor developed by AMD. The PlayStation 4 will also use an AMD processor. The PS4′s CPU consists of eight x86-64 cores packed with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory which will give the console considerable longevity.

The system can run at a maximum clock speed of 2.75 GHz. The PS4 will also come with a secondary custom chips. This chip basically performs tasks associated with downloading, uploading, and social gameplay.

The PS4 will support photos and videos at 4K resolution, but it is not expected to be able to render games beyond 1080p. The console will have a 500 GB hard drive for additional storage, which can be upgraded by the user.

For networking, the PlayStation 4 will support Bluetooth, 2USB 3.0 ports and WiFi. Users will be able to include an auxiliary port for connection to the PS4′s Camera,

A mono headset, which can be plugged into the DualShock 4, will come bundled with the system.

Who is more powerful?

The simple answer is the PS4. Look into the technical reasons mentioned above, it is clear that the PS4 is more powerful.

Do you know the news that the Sony PS4 is (almost) categorically more powerful than the Xbox One is one of the reasons why the PS4 pre-order sold out before the Xbox One’s?

However, it’s worth noting that it’s likely there will only be minor differences in titles released for both consoles. There’s little benefit for a developer in making one version a good deal prettier than the other.

Design

Xbox One – 3.18kg, 10 % larger than the 360 & ‘big black box’ design,

PS4 – 2.8kg, Slanted design,

Xbox One is large whereas the PS4 is sleeker, slimmer and will easily get fit in your under-TV space.

Xbox One Exclusive Games

  • Halo 5
  • Quantum Break
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Dead Rising 3
  • Ryse
  • Forza Motorsport 5
  • Project Spark
  • TitanFall
  • Below
  • Killer Instinct

PS4 Exclusive Games

  • Killzone: Shadowfall
  • Knack
  • The order: 1886
  • Octodad: Deadlist Catch
  • Infamous: Second Son
  • Driveclub

The PS4 will reportedly have more exclusives within its 1st year. Right now, we only have this list of exclusive games available for the PS4.

Price

This is a make and break factor, where PS4 clearly wins.

Xbox One = $499 (U.S), £429 (U.K.) and $599 (Australia).

PS4 = $399 (U.S), £349 (U.K.), €399 (Europe) and $549 (Australia)

PS4 camera, previously known as the PlayStation 4 Eye will cost $59 in the U.S., £54 in the U.K., and $99 in Australia. Even after this, the PS4 is still cheaper.

Sony may have a distinct advantage this holiday season, because it has been priced less than its competitor.

According to Eurogamer, Sony is going to get at around a $60 loss per unit, but it’s a marketing strategy. Actually, Sony is after typical users who buy a PlayStation Plus subscription and at least one launch title. That’s why Sony expects that they’ll turn a profit with the PS4 sooner.