Kinect or Wii?

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  1. iMJustAGuy macrumors 68020

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    Now, I'm sure many of you are already asking yourselves if I am crazy because Kinect is obviously the newer, more advanced, and future-proof hardware. I just want what's best for when groups of people come over, so I'm not too concerned about getting what's cutting edge because I already have a PS3 that I use (for the few games that I do play).

    Last night I was settled on the Wii, today I convinced my self to get a 360 with Kinect, and now I'm back in the middle. One of my main issues with Kinect is that it can only track up to 2 people at a time.

    I'm wanting to know as much detail that you are willing to give me on why choosing one over the other is better, your experiences, what games are good and better on one system over the other, basically anything that will help me decide.

    I've been googling and youtube this all day and the "Wii vs. Kinect" articles just aren't helping. Thanks a lot.

    Dale.
     
  2. Don't panic macrumors 603

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    if it's true thta kinect can only do two at a time in all games, than i'd go with the wii.
    also, at some point during the games people might want to sit down and keep playing
     
  3. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    At the end of the day when the Motion games "newness" wears off (or if you just are too tired to jump around in front of the TV) the Xbox will still be there for you with a regular controller and a TON of great games.

    With the Wii, this isn't so much the case. I know the Kinect has less software at the moment. But having been down both roads, you'll get more out of the Xbox.
     
  4. iMJustAGuy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That's the thing is I really won't be doing mainstream gaming with this so that specific feature isn't an advantage for me (for what I'm looking for out of this purchase) but that's not to say I'm turning the 360 down. Hell, the only thing I even play on my PS3 is Call of Duty. This is just going to be my "party/entertainment" machine. That said, I still don't know which one to get. I've been on this damn computer all day trying to decide.

    Yeah, I was pretty disappointed when I found out.
     
  5. shneady macrumors member

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    Why not just get the new motion sensor controls for the PS3 with those funny bubble remotes? I think it's called Playstation Move. You all ready have the system that supports what you want. You don't need to buy a new console. Just a suggestion...
     
  6. iMJustAGuy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thought about that but it's getting terrible reviews in comparison to the others.
     
  7. shneady macrumors member

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    Bummer. Being an owner of all 3 systems, I say go for the Wii. Anybody can pick it up and play, which is what's so great about the Wii. Even my 78 year old grandma can play with us. The Kinect, I'm not so sure. There's definitely more of a learning curve with the Kinect than with the Wii. I think the no controller thing is what throws people off at first. But once you get used to it, it's easy.

    Good luck and have fun. In all reality, there's really no wrong choice. Go to Best Buy if you can, and play around for yourself. They're always demoing that stuff in their game section.
     
  8. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    I can't imagine it to be any worse than the Wii. Honestly, I found the Wii very underwhelming other than Wii Bowling. That, in my opinion, is the best game for the system. The motion action of the Wii literally is just shaking the Wiimote wildly. There's little finesse with the Wii. Though the Super Mario Galaxy games are amazing.

    The Kinect is much more impressive, but after having the Kinect for a month or two it's kind of gathering dust. Dance Central is a real workout!

    Though I do agree with Shneady in that anyone can play the Wii (although there just aren't enough Kinect games out yet).
     
  9. iMJustAGuy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yeah before finishing your post I was going to say, there are just no games out. I was eyeing dance central but how the hell do you know what dance moves to do, a still picture on the side sure isn't any indication to me of what I should be doing, haha.

    I'm still going back and forth on this. I know the Wii has more games and is just all around fun, but I see major potential in Kinect but when looking for games to buy with it, well, there are none! Ugh.
     
  10. iStudentUK macrumors 65816

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    If you have a PS3 for 'proper' gaming I'd go for the Wii.

    My girlfriend got me one for christmas and I love it, and I'm certainly not a 'hardcore' gamer. The Wii is great for just picking up and playing some Wii sports (resort) like a round of golf, wake-boarding, tennis etc. The SuperMario Galaxy games are great too.

    I think the Wii is much more social. It may not have the fancy graphics but when people come round it is great to laugh at each other failing to hit home runs in baseball and waiving our arms around in a bicycle race. The cartoon styling actually helps make it seem less serious.

    I think the Wii takes itself less seriously than Xbox Kinnect, and that is what you want for a group of people socialising. Remember it is cheaper, and so are many of the games!
     
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    Just signed in and checked out :D. Thanks!
     

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  12. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    Speaking from personal experience (I own both the Kinect and the Wii), the Kinect is vastly superior IMO. It's much more fun, and responsive than the Wii. the simple fact that you don't have to hold any controllers or anything makes it 100x better than using the Wii.

    Yes the Kinect can on track two people at a time, but I haven't found that to cause any problems when I have my friends over. It's as simple as taking turns, and tbh it is entertaining as hell to watch your friends jump around like idiots and fall into each other while playing (so it's never a case of sitting there being bored waiting for your turn, at least for me).

    I'll also echo statements made in regards to the Wiimote. It's horrible, you literally just shake it around wildly to do anything, there's no skill or effort needed. It gets old really fast.

    All in all, the Kinect was one of the best purchases I have made, even though when I got the Kinect/360 bundle package I didn't really want a Kinect. The Wii on the other hand has caused a lot of buyers regret.

    -Don
     
  13. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Reaaally? I've owned both for a while (did some freelance work for a studio developing a Kinect game) and it's not that responsive. Wii with Motion Plus is more responsive, I also find the dance games are more responsive on Wii (without Motion Plus too).

    And the rest seems to be FUD.

    Anyways, have fun with your purchase OP! I bought my family Just Dance 1, 2 and that Michael Jackson one for Christmas and they saw more play than Rockband and karaoke combined! Really fun, quick games.

    Kinect would have been much better with 4 player support, hell some games just support one player at a time. But it's early days still.
     
  14. leomac08 macrumors 68020

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    I had a similar question back on Black Friday 2010

    Wii or Kinect?

    I ended up with a used Nintendo Wii, it got boring after a while

    Then on Super Bowl Sunday my friends and I played Kinect and Dance Central and Kinect Sports

    It was the best experience I had on a gaming system yet... Lol

    I got sweaty and it was a workout indeed!:D
     
  15. EazyWeazy3 macrumors 6502

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    Kinect > wii.

    Wii has many more games. Also has the nostalgia affect.

    But kinect has dance central.
     
  16. Liquorpuki macrumors 68020

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    I have a WII, a Kinect, and a PS Move. The Kinect is the best party toy right now.

    If you have any females coming over, get a Kinect and Dance Central. That game is like crack to them. I posted in another thread, I had a bunch of people over at my place a few weeks ago to go barhopping. I turned on the Kinect to entertain the girls. 2 hours later, half the people didn't wanna go anymore.

    That being said, you do need about 6-8 feet of space from the TV to be able to enjoy it. If you have a tiny little living room, get something else. Part of the reason it only tracks 2 people is that there's not enough space for more than 2 anyway - if you had 4 people playing the Kinect someone would get knocked out.

    And there are only two games worth buying - Dance Central and Kinect Sports.
     
  17. iMJustAGuy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    This was one MAIN reason I didn't go for the Kinect. I REALLY like the idea of it, but there are literally NO games for it as of yet. With Dance Central being only one of a few main games, the fact that only one can play at a single moment was what killed it for me and was honestly a big factor in the entire purchase. It may seem silly but if I'm going to 2 games, they both should meet all of my requirements.

    The second deal breaker (as you've read) was the ability to only track 2 people at once. While your justification does make since to me, it still didn't change the fact that I didn't like that (lack of a) feature.

    I can see Kinect becoming huge. Seems like there is much potential. Where everything stands as of now, I feel like Wii was the smarter purchase. I hope to get a Kinect in the future.
     

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