Should you buy the Xbox Kinect or Wii

By On 17th October, 2010

Since the recent release of Microsoft’s Kinect, there has been great debate amongst gamers as to whether the Xbox Kinect or the Nintendo Wii takes the crown as the better motion control system.  Both set out to achieve the same ultimate gaming experience but go about it in a completely technological way.

With the holiday season just around the corner it’s time to make up your mind as to which console will make it on to your Christmas wish list. To make that decision a little easier read on to find out the pros and cons for both the Kinect and the Nintendo Wii.

Reasons to buy a Kinect instead of a Nintendo Wii:

  • Completely hands free, the hyper-advanced technology is able to tell not just your position but the depth you’re taking up in a 3D space. Essentially, you move and the game moves in the exact same way.
  • Great value for money  – RRP £130
  • Superior graphics to that of the Nintendo Wii due to the increased processing power behind the Xbox 360.
  • Better online interface that the Nintendo Wii
  • No attachments requires for any of the exercise games
  • Only compatible with the Xbox 360, making it an expensive purchase if you don’t already own one.
  • Quality of multiplayer control may be impeded due to the lack of controllers.
  • The Nintendo Wii has four years of production history behind it already, therefore a head start on producing new software for the system.

Problems With The Microsoft Kinect

  • Only compatible with the Xbox 360, making it an expensive purchase if you don’t already own one.
  • Quality of multiplayer control may be impeded due to the lack of controllers.
  • The Nintendo Wii has four years of production history behind it already, therefore a head start on producing new software for the system.

Reasons To Buy A Wii Instead Of A Kinect

However, the Nintendo Wii has continued its reign as the best selling games console since its release back in 2006 so it’s got to be doing something right!

  • Requires no additional purchases to make it work
  • An impressive games library, with a little something for just about everyone – from the classic Super Mario Cart to the ever popular Wii Fit
  • Super responsive controls
  • An abundance of Nintendo character favourites like Mario, Kirby and Link that will prove attractive to young and old gamers alike.

 

But of course, nothing is perfect…

Problems With The Nintendo Wii

  • Multi player function can only be played by purchasing additional controllers
  • The Xbox has always out done the Wii in the graphics department
  • Online performance is very poor compared to that of the Xbox
  • Although well loved by families, the Wii hasn’t been received as openly within the hard core gaming community.

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Tom Stowe

I am deputy editor for console deals, this means i get to play tons of games, write reviews, news and post just about anything! I play most genre of games, mainly on PC! Feel free to add me on steam or follow me on twitter!