Shane's gift

Published: Wednesday | December 11, 2013 Comments 0
Sales representative at Watts New, David Macko, explains some of the features of the new (from left) PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U gaming consoles at Watts New, Tropical Plaza, on Monday. - Rudolph Brown/Photographer
Sales representative at Watts New, David Macko, explains some of the features of the new (from left) PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U gaming consoles at Watts New, Tropical Plaza, on Monday. - Rudolph Brown/Photographer

Today we continue our Christmas feature Daviot's Decision. Staff reporter Daviot Kelly is in a Christmas gift-giving mood this year and has selected three family members: his mother Joan, grandpa Val and cousin Shane. He solicited help from the public and has got some guidance on what he can buy.

AFTER SEARCHING my brain, and getting some nice feedback from my 'tweeps' (Twitter peeps), it was time to hit the stores for my Christmas shopping.

As a low-level techie, I decided to shop for Shane first. One person suggested headphones, but I know he loves games. So I headed to Watts New, Tropical Plaza branch, as they told me they had new stuff coming in.

Sales representative David Macko brought out the big guns in gaming, the PlayStation 4 (PS4), the Xbox One and the Wii U. So which to buy?

"All of them are the flagships for the season," he joked. "If you don't have any of these, you're not saying anything." He may be right. The PS4 upgrade to the hard drive has made the system even faster.

"It's got eight GB (gigabytes) of RAM (random access memory) so it's better graphics and with the same Blu-Ray capabilities," he said.

Xbox One

The Xbox One (processor is over double the speed of the Xbox 360) has an upgraded Kinect system (to manipulate the machine without controllers). Chronologically, the Wii U was out before the others. But Macko assures us it's not just for children. Both the PS4 and the Xbox will go for $79,950 plus tax, while the Wii U goes for $49,500 plus tax. And with popular titles like Call Of Duty: Ghosts (PS4) and the ever- popular Super Mario Bros (Wii U), the teen will be glued to the screen (after homework is done).

"I would say that we are the most advanced gaming store in Jamaica," Macko said, noting the other three branches, Fairview Shopping Centre in MoBay; Old Hope Road, St Andrew; and Eight Rivers Town Centre in Ocho Rios, all carried the same merchandise.

Music options

Okay, I'm sold, gaming console it is. Except, teens love their music so how about the new iPod Touch with 32 GB worth of space for songs/videos ($34,000 plus tax)? Or the new iPod Nano (16GB) going for $22,950 plus tax? The Chromecast perhaps? A nifty little device that turns your 'regular' LCD television set into Smart TV-capable, for way less the price of an actual one ($6,950 plus tax).

Okay, if I was confused before, I'm quickly getting there. Maybe things can get a little clearer on my next stop.

Help me out at daviot.kelly@gleanerjm.com or tweet me @dkellyworld.





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