The motion-sensing camera means that a child can control a game with their whole body, meaning they're active while they're playing unlike when they use a tablet. The controller has been developed especially for smaller hands - the console is aimed at 3-8 year olds - and has a clever rotating design which means it can convert into a wand or pointer depending on the game.
We spoke to LeapFrog CEO, John Barbour, about the new console. "The essence of LeapTV is creating fun experiences. There's nothing out there really that involves education; if you look on Amazon.com, there are only 17 suitable games [under the Early Childhood rating scheme], and none have learning in them."
"For LeapTV, we started with a blank sheet of paper rather than taking something that already existed. We were looking for new ways to entertain and educate kids. Younger children wanted games that were appropriate and easy to play. With the LeapTV they can play straight out of the box. It's super safe and learning is built in."
At launch, there will be 100 games and apps available, and LeapFrog will continue to use the familiar cartridge system (these cost a hefty £25 each) as well as offering online downloads from £3.50. The content will be new and not taken from the existing pool of LeapPad games, but if you've bought video on other LeapFrog devices, this will be available to watch on LeapTV too. There will be both single- and multiplayer games available.
The console comes with eight games:
LeapFrog Kart Racing: Supercharged!
Nickelodeon Bubble Guppies
Disney Pixar Pixar Pals
LeapFrog Sports! Learning Game
Ultimate Spider-Man: Sinister Six Showdown!
Disney Sofia the First: Sofia's Picnic Games
LeapFrog Dance Party!
Disney Jake and the Never Land Pirates Learning Game
In the box you'll get a camera mount, HDMI cable and a wrist strap for the controller. The console has built-in Wi-Fi for connecting to the internet and 16GB of storage.