I love video games and I've been playing them since the Atari (I'm 35 now). I also suck at them, but that's another tale for another time. Since the time came that I had to purchase my own games, I've played PC games almost exclusively with the exception of a PS1 when I was in the Marines ('97-'01). It's just that since my WORK has always been relating to PCs, I for sure needed a PC. Then there just wasn't money left over for extras like a console.
Now I'm 35 and I have 2 boys and one of them is old enough to start enjoying video games at 4 years old. I understand that it's bad timing what with Xbox One and PS4 right around the corner, but I did it anyway and spent $200 or so on a used X360 with a few kids games and Skyrim.
I know what a PC is capable of.
What is an Xbox capable of and what do I need to take full advantage of it? Here's what I mean...
The X360 doesn't have audio i/o, only USB. Only 3x USB at that. Can I use any old USB 2.0 hub with it if I need additional ports? I'm already using the Wifi dongle, a kinect, and a wired controller so there go all 3 right off the bat. Does a headset use USB or BlueTooth? Are there specific headsets that I should look to for starters?
Can the HDD be swapped out with something aftermarket without the console being banned by MS? Can external drives be used?
I want to go from a former Marine to a couch commando. I want to sit my fat [butt] down on the couch at 3pm on a Friday and get up to answer the door for pizza or go to the bathroom until Sunday evening. With my boys. Ok, and if my wife wants to.
What FPS games are top of the market right now? I've seen lots of names from the Tom Clancy line of games like Ghost Recon to Battlefield 19 and the standbys of CoD (aren't there like 32 flavors of that one, now?)
What's what? Which ones win as far as popularity? Is there a tie? 3-way tie?
Another question: My kid is 4. Not only that, but his pediatrician has him ranked under the 5th percentile for body mass. Yeah, he's a small kid. The only way he can play the Xbox is by putting the controller down on the coffee table and try to play it that way, as opposed to being able to hold it with both hands. Do they make smaller controllers for smaller hands? I've looked, but didn't find anything. Granted, I didn't spend more than 5-10 minutes on that particular task.