The Wii U is a great entertainment system. You don’t need a traditional controller and it’s better than the original Wii. But, how does it stack up against the Xbox Kinect?
First of all, the Wii U may be found for as low as $279 while the Xbox commands a $370 low point in price. They both do the same thing in using touch screen pointing. The Wii U uses a new controller that is wireless while the Xbox Kinect uses your hand and body.
As per hardware, the Kinect faster processor-wise at 3.2 GHZ vs. the Wii U’s 3GHZ processor. But, the Wii has 2GB RAM vs the Kinect’s 512MB of RAM. So, the speed contest is sort of a wash here. The Kinect also blows the Wii’s storage capacity away with having 250GB vs the Wii’s 32GB maximum capacity. If you’re planning to buy and keep games online to stream, then storage space is not a technology issue for you.
If you’re looking to buy one or the other, the great game selection for the Wii U may sway you. Since the Kinect is limited in developing human-controller games, the Wii U has a better selection all around. But, if your family likes to dance, work out, or do exercise-related games, the Kinect is the clear choice. For example, you can be part of the “Biggest Loser” games and do exercises alongside Bob!
On the downside of the Kinect, it does take getting used to with being the human controller. It may lose the signal or need to recalibrate itself if it cannot find you which can be annoying. So, if you don’t have a lot of IT tech patience, the Kinect may not be for you. Of course, the Microsoft updates in the future plus ensuring your home wireless Internet is stable will stabilize this better.
That being said, I’m not a big fan of the Wii U’s added touchpad controller. It allows you to use it as a controller almost like you’d use a Gameboy. It’s confusing since it shows you part of the screen while showing the other part of the screen on the TV. It’s a nice-to-have feature, but I feel it’s not easy on the eyes.
So, head to head, I’d go with the Wii U. It’s less tech support fuss, has more games, and costs less. Really, a no-brainer here.