|Product||Nintendo Wii U Basic Set||Sony PlayStation 4||Microsoft Xbox One||Nintendo Wii Mini (Red)|
|Price||$249.99 to $549.99||$507.84 to $599.99||$499.00 to $650.00||$99.99 to $144.96|
|CNET editors' rating||3 stars||3.5 stars||3.5 stars||2.5 stars|
|Average user rating||4 stars||3.5 stars||3.5 stars||0 stars|
|Release date||November 18, 2012||November 15, 2013||November 22, 2013||Info unavailable|
|Bottom line|| |
Despite some clever dual-screen gaming mechanics, the Wii U's lack of compelling exclusive software and an overall unpolished user experience make it tough to recommend in its current state.
The PlayStation 4's beautiful graphics, blazing interface, near-perfect controller, and lower price give it a slight edge on the Xbox One -- for now.
Its high price and imperfect voice control and TV integration keep the Xbox One short of must-have territory, but the inclusion of Titanfall for free (for new purchases) helps Microsoft's console hold the line against Sony's compelling PS4.
The bare-bones Wii Mini gets rid of many Wii features to just focus on playing disc games, but the stripped-down experience isn't worth the savings.
|Media Type|| |
Nintendo Wii disc
Nintendo Wii U disc
|Full specifications||Full specifications||Full specifications||Full specifications||Full specifications|
|Buying choices||Prices from 2 stores||Prices from 3 stores|| ||Prices from 5 stores|