LeapFrog has entered the console wars with the release of LeapTV, a gaming console built from the ground up for little kids. It combines the best of Wii-type pointer play with active gaming similar to Kinect, and weaves education into the mix. The result is a gaming system for kids ages 3-8 that gets them up and moving as they learn.
The new LeapTV system ($149.99) comes with a compact console (a round device about the size of a CD player), motion-sensing camera, camera mount, one two-way transforming controller, and HDMI cable. The console has 16 GB of memory and built-in Wi-Fi for downloads; and it delivers 720p HD gaming, which means the games look about as high def as those seen on the WiiU.
The console needs three to six feet of play space in front of the TV. Parents can set up five separate profiles and one guest from within the password-protected Parental Controls.
Parental controls don’t include the ability to set a timer for the amount of gaming, which is disappointing. However, you can select the child’s school grade so that the games automatically deliver age-appropriate educational content. The games also support adaptive leveling, based on how your child is doing.
Source: USA Today | Jinny Gudmundsen