Nobody needs an introduction to Nintendo, Microsoft, or Sony the three major companies that have locked horns for the title of ‘best gaming console manufacturer’. Their hopes are riding high on their respective seventh generation home consoles the Wii, Xbox 360, and the PlayStation 3 (aka PS3).
Even though we have a three way fight here, comparing any two of these consoles head to head is a lot more convenient and, more importantly, simple enough for the end user to understand. With that in mind, we decided to compare the Nintendo Wii and the Microsoft Xbox 360, and the results were more or less as expected.
Even though the new Xbox 360 Xbox 360 S noticeably smaller than its predecessor, it doesn’t come anywhere close to Nintendo Wii in terms of size. A whole lot of tweaks have made it quieter than its Nintendo counterpart, or even the original Xbox 360 for that matter. In a broad sense, the comparison between Wii and Xbox 360 mainly revolves around technical differences and performance.virtual reality glasses
The Xbox 360, on the other hand, is equipped with a 3.2 GHz PowerPC Tri Core Xenon CPU and a 500 MHz custom built ATI Xenos GPU. With its superior GPU, the slim Xbox is no doubt better than the Wii when it comes to graphics comparison. Not everybody is interested in graphics though. Kinect garnered favorable reviews from all quarters. Unlike the Wii motion gaming system, wherein you have to hold the Wii Remote with MotionPlus in your hands, in Kinect, your whole body comes into play as a controller. That, however, is only if you are willing to pay the subscription charges of US$50 a year. Other than fitness games, the Wii has a whole lot of classics (including the Mario and Zelda series), and family games to offer. The Xbox 360, on the other hand, is for hardcore gaming fans, with titles like Halo, Gears of War, and Alan Wake to its credit. Wii games cost anywhere between US$10 20, while Xbox 360 games are a bit costlier (in the range of US$50 70).
The Price Factor
Price is yet another deciding factor in gaming consoles’ comparison, and this is one aspect where Nintendo’s Wii gets a slight edge. The standard Xbox 360 250 GB console is priced at US$299.99 and the Xbox 360 4 GB console is priced at US$199.99. Add Kinect, and their price tags change to US$399.99 and US$299.99 respectively. As opposed to this, the Wii costs as little as US$129.99 today; a lot less expensive than any Microsoft or Sony console. With this price difference, the Wii is undoubtedly a tempting deal, especially for those who don’t want to spend a huge sum on buying a game console.