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Wii U vs. Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 Comparison

 

 

  Nintendo Wii U  Sony PlayStation 3
 Microsoft Xbox 360
Models, Price
 $299
Nov 2012
160 GB Memory $250
 320 GB Memory $300
Sept 2009
4GB Memory $200
250GB Memory $300
Nov 2010
Color
White or Black
BlackBlack
 Number of PlayersUp to 5
Up to 4
Up to 4
Distinguishing Features Family and group-oriented playBlu-ray and 3D viewingController-free motion gaming
 Great For Ages 3 and up, families and group play, and hardcore Nintendo fans. 35 release titles for varying audiences. Game Pad player or solo play ages 7 and up.High powered device with multiple variations and customizations for serious gamers or tech-oriented users
Both hardcore gamers and entertainment minded users
 Online Play
MiiVerse - Online community. Connect with video chat, message boards, or text messages to share strategy, stay in touch, or share your achievements. Also includes downloadable game content. FREE
PSN - PlayStation Network - Online community for multiplayer and exclusive online-only game content (levels and characters). FREE
Xbox Live - Online community for multiplayer and exclusive online-only game content (levels and characters). $59 Annually
 Price Range of Games
Launch releases: $40-$50New releases: $60New releases: $60
 Additional AccessoriesWii Remote or Wii Remote Plus, Wii Nunchuk, Wii Classic Controller, Wii Balance Board, Wii Zapper, Wii U ZapperMove Motion Controller, Move Navigation Controller, PlayStation Eye Camera, Dual Shock Controller, 3D glassesKinect Sensor, Wireless Controller, external hard drive
 Play Style
Emphasis on multiplayer and casual users. Play style focused on asymmetrical multiplayer gameplay. Up to 4 players share a similar experience with a unique gameplay experience for 5th player (GamePad player).
Emphasis on immersive visual gaming experience focused on gameplay with great detail and depth of content. Solo-driven experience with varying outlets for multiplayer gaming.
Emphasis on immersive gaming experience and controller-free voice controls and motion tracking. Solo and dual-driven experience with varying multiplayer opportunities.
 Motion GamingIncorporates all current functionality of Wii handheld motion controllers with added  360-degree environment with included Wii U GamePad. (Wii Controllers sold separately)Camera-based motion handheld controller - Playstation Move (sold separately)Hand free Motion Gaming - Kinect (sold separately)
Internet and Movies
Full web browser as well as apps including YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon for streaming Movies and TV
Fully developed media market for movies, games and music. Apps including YouTube, NFL Sunday Ticket, MLB, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon for streaming Movies and TV
Fully developed media market for movies, games and music. Apps including YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon for streaming Movies and TV
 Game SavesInternal Hard Drive, optional external SD cards, and free cloud storage
Internal Hard Drive and free cloud storageInternal Hard Drive, optional external hard drive, and free cloud storage
 Graphics 1080p - Full High Definition -
with optional HDMI cable
 1080p - Full High Definition -
with optional HDMI cable
1080p - Full High Definition - with optional HDMI cable
Backwards CompatibilityAll Wii titles and accessories will continue to be supported by the Wii UPlayStation One games only - no compatibility with PlayStation 2 gamesOver 400 of the original Xbox titles are supported
What's in the Box?
  • Wii U console
  • One Wii GamePad controller w/ built-in touchscreen
  • Nintendo Land game (deluxe versions)
  • Wii Sensor Bar
  • HDMI cable and power cord
  • PlayStation 3 console
  • One wireless controller
  • Composite A/V cable and power cord
  • USB cable for controller charging
  • Free PSN membership
  • Xbox 360 console
  • One wireless controller
  • Composite A/V cable and power cord
  • 1 Month Free Xbox LIVE Gold Membership

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