The assumption that gamers are wild, odd teenagers with spiky hair has been entirely debunked! We have found that gaming knows no age; it appeals to people of all ages and can be translated into different forms. For example, gaming to the older generation, pre-Corona, was heading down to a casino and having a go at the slot machines and other games available there that piqued their interests. And if the weather was perfect, perhaps a game of bawling on the grass.
Technology has played an extremely vital role in helping to deal with the loneliness of being locked down and our seniors now have an alternative to engage in their favourite pastime online. There is an increase in uptake of playing casino online given the convenience.
We were interested in knowing how pensioners approached the online gaming space, and if they have the right gadgets, so we did some research. We came across different games, and consoles available for use by the elderly and these are our top 5.
Below are the critical factors to ponder on when choosing the appropriate console for our seniors:
1. The weight of the controls
For pensioners, the weight of the controls is vital for ease of use. The lighter the controls, the easier it is to use and enjoy the game.
2. The size of the buttons on the controls
Slightly larger buttons on controls will make for easier manoeuvering. This certainly makes playing the game more pleasurable.
Platform refers to the medium our gamers use when gaming, i.e. TV, computer, or handheld gadgets. Most of our seniors prefer the TV because the visuals are clearer, so play is more fun, and it immerses them entirely in the game.
Let’s now focus on the top 5 consoles we found to be best suited for our pensioners.
This is an interactive gaming system that gives the gamer immediate visual feedback. The controller is used as sporting equipment of choice depending on the game that is being played. For example, it can be used as a golf club in a golfing game or as a racquet in a tennis game. It works well for the elderly because it is interactive and also encourages light exercise and mental activity on its Wii Sports offering.
This console comes with games that most pensioners find interesting. There is an interactive golf game, for example, that allows the gamer to play on the different official courses around the world. There are other games available, depending on what the gamer fancies. The XBOX has an extensive offering, catering to different gaming tastes.
Much like the Nintendo Wii, PlayStation has an offering called the PlayStation Move Motion Controller. This intelligent technology allows the user to interact and physically engage in the game, allowing for light exercise and agility, depending on the game being played. It is another of our favourites as it keeps the gamer entertained while moving lightly for exercise.
My Arcade Gamer Handheld Gaming System
As its name suggests, this is a portable game and is therefore not limited to a physical location. It offers over 200 inbuilt games, so our users would have a wide variety to choose from.
The My Arcade Gamer Handheld Gaming System can also be connected to a TV, which is a plus for our pensioners. Another perfect advantage? It’s lightweight. Our users will have a complete experience without worrying about pain from the weight of the portable console.
Nintendo Switch Lite
Not only does it have a captivating, sleek design, but the Nintendo Switch Lite is also portable, easy to use, and comfortable in the hands. Another great advantage is that it allows multi-players, so it can be a family affair on games night.