After the great response to our Get Smart About PLAY posts, we are extending things for the new consoles with Get Set Go! This initiative offers all the advice you need to get ahead of things ready for Christmas.
We'll help you decide which is the right console for your family, as well as understanding how to set them up ready for safe and sensible play.
Backed by the UK games industry, Get Set Go! is a continuation of the Get Smart About P.L.A.Y. campaign which launched earlier this year to promote the importance of using family controls to set parameters around play and discussing your child’s playing habits with them.
We're here to help you Get your next-gen console ready for play prior to the gifting day, Set family controls that work for their families and Go and have fun, safe in the knowledge that you have the controls in place to stay on top.
Once you've checked our Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 buying guides, the setting up guides will ensure you have the devices all sorted, before they’re wrapped. This ensures that you can plug in and play without needing to worry about setting up accounts and downloading large updates. This is also the perfect time to install family controls.
“Video game consoles take time and require care to set up properly, and Christmas Day doesn’t provide the ideal setting for doing all that,” commented Emma Kenny, one of the UK’s leading TV psychologists.
“Children are excited and impatient, so when the only thing standing between them and playing is a download bar... well you don’t need a psychologist to tell you that’s going to cause stress for the whole family. That’s why the video game industry is encouraging parents to set up new consoles and get them ready to play before wrapping them up for Christmas.”
In addition to advice here, there are lists of games for families on each of the new consoles on the Family Video Game Database. This provides information on age ratings, numbers of players and in-game purchases to help parents and carers make an informed choice.
“The launch of video game consoles and buying a new one at Christmas is always exciting for families, but we know that parents and carers can find it hard to get great advice on the best ways to play,” said Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie.
“Get Set Go! aims to give parents and carers across the UK the confidence to set-up new devices, as well existing consoles, in the way that works for them, ensuring everyone has safe and sensible fun playing games this Christmas.”