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Xbox for 9 year old

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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
My soon to be 9 year old has asked for a Xbox.

He was looking in Gamestation at the second hand ones. There was quite a choice withe main difference seeming to be memory size.

He won't be playing online so any recommendations would be great.

Thanks in advance for looking.
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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
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#1
Is the statement about not playing online your 9 year old's choice/decision, or your own?

With secondary school being just a year or so away (potentially), there may be some peer pressure to play online soon & therefore it may be an idea to consider this option (now) rather than having to re-consider it at a date in the near future (in case it influences your purchase at this time).

BFN,

fp.
banned#2
yeah online is the best bit about it! defo consider.
#3
My choice really but only because of my limited knowledge of xbox - he plays online on my PS3 without a headset so he doesn't " hear" his fellow players, he's only nearly 9 I let him play older games so am imagining the language etc.. would that be the same on the xbox? ( and let's face it, I wouldn't let him wander around the streets talking to complete strangers so why would the Internet be any different!)

So, if you can play online on the Xbox in the same way, what would you recommend as the best console, the new slimline or one of the older models. is the higher memory worth it.

I've always had Playstations or Nintendos and know nothing about Xboxs so recommendations for a starter set up with online capability would be appreciated.


Edited By: cymru2 on Sep 19, 2010 15:51: Spelling!
#4
cymru2
My choice really but only because of my limited knowledge of xbox - he plays online on my PS3 without a headset so he doesn't " hear" his fellow players, he's only nearly 9 and 8 I let him play older games so am imagining the language etc.. would that be the same on the xbox? ( and let's face it, I wouldn't let him wander around the streets talking to complete strangers so why would the Internet be any different!)

So, if you can play online on the Xbox in the same way, what would you recommend as the best console, the new slimline or one of the older models. is the higher memory worth it.

I've always had Playstations or Nintendos and know nothing about Xboxs so recommendations for a starter set up with online capability would be appreciated.


the reliability of the slim is supposed to be better than the older models, and the slim also allows you to connect wirelessly straight from the box., which isn't an issue if his xbox is going to be near the router because you can use an ethernet cable.

Then you have a choice of whether to go for a slim shiny 250gb hard drive model, or a slim matte 4gb model with use of a 16gb usb drive...

I personally prefer matte to shiny, less likely to scratch it.
#5
we got our son an xbox elite last christmas, he doesnt go online with it but got the elite incase he does go online in the future... :)
#6
Not having a headset doesn't stop him hearing his potty mouthed peers on the PS3.
From what I understand, the Xbox has more filth spouting youngters than the Playstation, but the difference is that playing online is something you have to pay extra for on the 360, unlike the Playstation.

The hard drive size is not important with regards to online.
I would get a late model 360 with a small(20GB/60GB) hard drive, as you should pick up one of these cheap(sub £100).

CuteKitty26
we got our son an xbox elite last christmas, he doesnt go online with it but got the elite incase he does go online in the future... :)


The elite is no different in regards to online.





Edited By: thesaint on Sep 19, 2010 16:52: -
#7
Yes,muting was what I was thinking of!

Thanks for all the replys, it's not his birthday for a few weeks so I've got a while to scout out deals!
What started this quest was him telling me that he hoped to get enough Birthday money to buy one for himself. I'd like to surprise him with one - then he can use his own money for games and live. His twin brother wants a BMX so the next time I post will probably be in deal requests for a bike lol.

Thanks again to everyone for taking the time to comment.


Edited By: cymru2 on Sep 19, 2010 17:06: Added comment
#8
CuteKitty26
we got our son an xbox elite last christmas, he doesnt go online with it but got the elite incase he does go online in the future... :)


All xbox's can go online
banned#9
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Is the statement about not playing online your 9 year old's choice/decision, or your own?

With secondary school being just a year or so away (potentially), there may be some peer pressure to play online soon & therefore it may be an idea to consider this option (now) rather than having to re-consider it at a date in the near future (in case it influences your purchase at this time).

BFN,

fp.

totally irrelevant as you can play online with any xbox, 9 years old is too young to be playing online anyway

BFN,
DL
#10
chelskii


Think they meant the Elite has the hard drive and comes with a headset
Yes they can all go online if you use the supplied lan cable, but the old xboxes didn't have Wireless built in(including the Elite) like the S has so if you wanted wireless you had to buy an adaptor..


So a £5 headset was the reason for getting an Elite to go online in the future?
#11
Thanks for the link Chelskii.. He has a few friends with xbox on line so being able to only link with friends sounds good.

Thanks again for all your views
#12
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#13
DaveLister

totally irrelevant as you can play online with any xbox, 9 years old is too young to be playing online anyway

BFN,
DL


I didn't say you couldn't.

There is no minimum age to be able to play online.

BFN,

fp.
banned#14
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DaveLister

totally irrelevant as you can play online with any xbox, 9 years old is too young to be playing online anyway

BFN,
DL


I didn't say you couldn't.

There is no minimum age to be able to play online.

BFN,

fp.

so why even ask the question you asked? what would there be to re-consider? doesn't matter which xbox they buy now and i didn't say 9 year olds were not allowed to play online, i said 9 years old is too young to be playing online, any time that a child has joined a lobby that i'm in, they get abused quite badly so i wouldn't advise it

BFN,
DL
#15
DaveLister

so why even ask the question you asked? what would there be to re-consider? doesn't matter which xbox they buy now and i didn't say 9 year olds were not allowed to play online, i said 9 years old is too young to be playing online, any time that a child has joined a lobby that i'm in, they get abused quite badly so i wouldn't advise it

BFN,
DL


...So, you abuse 9 year olds online? Is that something you should be admitting to? ;)

If buying a pre-owned console it would be important to check that the network port was still functioning. A pre-owned console may only be offered with a limited warranty period; for example, one month, or three months.

If a prospective buyer was convinced that online features were never going to be needed, & later found that they would be required, then the warranty period may have expired & a different console would need to be purchased (or repair costs would be incurred to correct the problem).

I also asked in case a different console could be an option. It has been clarified since my first comment that an Xbox (360) is definitely the console of choice.

Whenever I am in a game 'lobby' with minors I ensure I mind my language & treat the youngsters with the same respect I hope all players would if they encountered my kids playing online.

Of course there will be exceptions; I appreciate that not everybody adopts the same attitudes online.

It sounds (from your report) as if Xbox LIVE members think it is a rule (rather than an exception) to treat children badly. Fortunately, I play via (the) PlayStation Network more regularly & I have never found instances of children being treated in this way.

BFN,

fp.
#16
chelskii


Sorry what has your question got to do with anything ? try asking the person who said it. (CuteKitty26) maybe they can explain it to you.
(Think you will find the Elite headset is about £15)



Cutekitty made a mistake or does not understand, and you offered a reason to what they meant.
Your reason was flawed.

cymru2
Thanks for the link Chelskii.. He has a few friends with xbox on line so being able to only link with friends sounds good.

Thanks again for all your views


I'm not sure what the link he provided said, but I don't know what you mean by "Link with friends", as he can hear everyone unless they are manually muted as far as I know.

Edited By: thesaint on Sep 19, 2010 20:56: -
#17
chelskii


LOL you don't even know what PARTY CHAT is (Because the PS3 hasn't got it)...



I don't even know about party chat because the PS3 doesn't have it? Does that make sense?
#18
Before this turns (yet again) into a "who has the best console in my opinion" thread, the PS3 does have a "Restrict chat with other users" option in the sub-account settings (connected to a Parent's master account), that prevents users (children) from using text, voice, and video chat, both in-game and from the PlayStation 3 XrossMediaBar menu (the equivalent of the Xbox 360's "dashboard").

If you do not utilise this (optional) feature to block the communication features, you do have the further option to report any inappropriate users that you encounter & Sony will take action.

PS3 accounts can also be restricted to only allow game content to be played for the advisory age certifications. These certifications are not enforceable by law at present (although there are plans to introduce this in the near future).

In any respect, restriction of game content &/or communications is not a replacement for appropriate parenting.

BFN,

fp.
#19
chelskii




Stick to the point, the OP already has consoles so I am sure they will know what I mean and you were wrong.........


Nice dodge. serious.

Read the OP. Then see what the point is.

Edited By: thesaint on Sep 20, 2010 08:09: -
banned 1 Like #20
thesaint
Read the OP. Then see what the point is.

I did. And the OP wants to talk about an Xbox.

Time for you to stop thread spoiling with Playstation crap and leave the thread fanboy.

Toodle pip
#21
thesaint
chelskii




Stick to the point, the OP already has consoles so I am sure they will know what I mean and you were wrong.........


Nice dodge. serious.

Read the OP. Then see what the point is.


thesaint
Not having a headset doesn't stop him hearing his potty mouthed peers on the PS3.
From what I understand, the Xbox has more filth spouting youngters than the Playstation, but the difference is that playing online is something you have to pay extra for on the 360, unlike the Playstation.



So you know "Not having a headset doesn't stop him hearing his potty mouthed peers on the PS3."

but for the 360 "From what I understand, the Xbox has more filth spouting youngters than the Playstation"

You have a PS3 but you Don't have a 360 right ?

You didn't know what party chat is....

thesaint


I'm not sure what the link he provided said, but I don't know what you mean by "Link with friends", as he can hear everyone unless they are manually muted as far as I know.


Here is the link I provided LINK HERE

Right ?.

Edited By: chelskii on Sep 20, 2010 08:28: .
#22
chelskii
Yer that's all well and good, but the point is it hasn't got party chat which is what we were originally talking about.............


I was just responding to your closing sentence:

chelskii
You also have the option there of Blocking EVERYBODY which prevents ALL communications except system messages and friend requests.....


This is also true for the PS3; taken from the "Account Management" ' "Sub Account Management" / "Parental Control" settings:

PS3 XrossMediaBar

Chat [Allow] or [Block]

Messages and chat invitations can be received by the sub account even if [Block] is selected.


You should see a difference here compared to the Xbox 360 settings.

(The "Spending Limit (Monthly)" can also be configured in this menu also; "Set the amount of funds that can be spent using this sub account". It has often bothered me that the options you may select do not offer a £20.00 setting [to match the lowest denomination of PlayStation Network Card credit you can purchase]. The options are £0.00, £5.00, £10.00, £25.00, £50.00, £75.00, £100.00, or "Unlimited".)

Not everybody thinks "Party Chat" or "Cross-Game Chat" is important though; so a selling point in some respects for the Xbox 360 if that interests you.

Can you also set similar spending restrictions on the Xbox 360 console (or via the LIVE web site)?

(I am asking for my own information for use later this year when Microsoft's Family Membership to Xbox LIVE is introduced, & possibly the benefit of cymru2 for future use/comparison to existing console account management).

BFN,

fp.
banned#23
Boring people ITT. Feel sorry for the OP really. Simple question, long drawn out answer.

BFN,

V
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That didn't take long to become a console troll-fest.

Even without the gold sub a 360 with a larger HDD and an internet connection could be useful as a silver account still allows for downloading and playing demo's. Nine is probably too young to be given total access to the gold online but if he had friends who also owned Xboxes he can play some games with just them and if he was playing with a larger random group of people he can set 'party chat' so he can only speak to friends and not hear or be heard by the other players.

Best thing would be to hold back the headset and only give it if you know what he is using it for.



Edited By: Ungreat on Sep 20, 2010 12:00: .
#25
chelskii


You have a PS3 but you Don't have a 360 right ?


Xbox 360 elite, PS3 x 3, Wii x 2, DS, DSi and PSP's x 3.
banned 1 Like #26
thesaint
Xbox 360 elite, PS3 x 3, Wii x 2, DS, DSi and PSP's x 3.

Do you invite lots of children around? Boasting about childrens toys has to be the funniest yet!
suspended#27
Chelskii, nobody cares about party chat, nobodys jealous that it's on the 360.
And also the PS3 has Gigabit wired for internet. Can you dig that?
#28
DarkKnight
Chelskii, nobody cares about party chat, nobodys jealous that it's on the 360.
And also the PS3 has Gigabit wired for internet. Can you dig that?


Read post 31 this especially applies when you post.

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