|Product||Nintendo Wii U Basic Set||Sony PlayStation 4||Microsoft Xbox One||Nintendo Wii Mini (Red)|
|Price||$249.99 to $549.99||$399.99 to $599.99||$499.00 to $650.00||$99.96 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.
The Xbox One goes beyond gaming with its ambitious live TV integration, but at launch it can't deliver a knockout blow to the PS4 due to a higher price and uneven voice control. We suggest you wait for improvements, but for now, the Xbox One is better suited to forgiving early adopters.
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|
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