Recent releases have increased interest in gaming consoles online, but at the stores portable tablets are the popular choice this Christmas.

Google says over the past few months Xbox was Canberra's most-searched gadget, followed by PlayStation 4.

James, 15, and his brother Jack, 11, checked out the PlayStation 4 at Harvey Norman in Fyshwick.

(l-r) James, 15 and Jack, 11 play the latest game consoles that are available for Christmas shoppers at Harvey Norman.

From left, James, 15 and Jack, 11 play the latest game consoles that are available for Christmas shoppers at Harvey Norman. Photo: Jay Cronan

''We've already got a [Nintendo] Wii so we don't need a PS4 right now, but it's good to see the options and what's out there,'' James, from Rivett, said.

However, Harvey Norman floor manager Andrew Vann said it was touch-screen tablets, such as the iPad and Nexus, that were selling the most. ''Tablets seem to be the most-popular purchase, followed by gaming consoles, headphones and cameras,'' Mr Vann said.

Madonna Aguis, from Kamba, planned to buy the iPad Air for her husband, Brian Aguis.

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''He's a big geek,'' Mrs Aguis said. ''He's done his research and decided what he wants.''

Mr Aguis asked for the tablet this Christmas, because he wanted more convenient technology.

''I've got a laptop already and I just need something portable. I ride a motorbike too, so it's definitely about portability,'' Mr Aguis said.

Headphones made the list of Google's most-searched gadgets and Harvey Norman has seen this reflected in-store. ''Headphones are actually one our biggest sellers, people want good sound,'' Mr Vann said.

The most-searched video game was Grand Theft Auto, but Pokemon has increased in popularity in recent years and came second.

Lego has also had a revival, as the most-googled toy in Canberra. Jess Anderson, second in charge at Target Canberra Centre, said Lego was their best-selling toy. ''Lego is always huge, but especially lately with the new range. Lego-city is really popular and Lego friends,'' Ms Anderson said.

The most-searched retailer in Canberra was eBay, followed by Big W, Target and Kmart. All rated above online retailers Amazon and Gumtree.