Xbox 360 Versus the Wii

The Xbox 360 versus the Wii

Thesis Statement: While both the Xbox 360 and the Wii play great games, differences in media centers, video resolution and online service make the Xbox 360 a better choice for college students.

Even though both consoles can connect to a computer, the Xbox has more features and uses. The Wii has limited features when connected to a computer for peer to peer sharing. In order to transfer files, he or she has to use a SD card (secure digital) to transfer files between the console and a computer. For complete control of the peer to peer network the Wii must be totally flashed with a homebrew firmware. The Xbox 360 can be connected to a computer to share files. It can transfer music, video, and game files without the need of a SD card (secure digital) or memory stick. The Xbox has a media center, so the user could share all the media on his or her computer to their Xbox.

The Xbox 360 and the Wii play in different resolutions. The Wii is mainly played in standard definition for older televisions. It mostly plays with the standard 480i, which is a very low definition compared to high definition televisions of today. The highest resolution capable for the Wii is 480p. The Xbox 360 can play in all resolutions present. The Xbox can play in high definition such as 1080p. The new Xbox 360s comes with a HDMI port (high definition multimedia interface) located in the rear of the console.

The Wii and the Xbox 360 support online services for gamers. The Wii has a limited online service. With only a few different channels, the Wii user has less ways to customize their console. The Virtual Console is very limited in the number of games, and none of them are free. The Xbox 360 has an online service geared towards gamers called Xbox Live.With downloadable games, music, videos and pictures, Xbox live gives gamers a way to extend their console’s use. The Xbox 360 has a feature called gamer score, in which the user can compare his scores against the world.

The Xbox 360 versus the Wii

Video gaming consoles like Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii have become popular these days, because both consoles play great games and provide for a good social environment. The sense of hanging out with friends can be created through playing video games, because it lets them play together as a team or against each other. Along with keeping friends, it also allows the user to make friends, which is an important part of surviving college. As a college student, the friends acquired will usually be lifelong friends. While both the Xbox 360 and the Wii play great games, differences in media centers, picture resolution, and online service make the Xbox 360 a better choice for college students.

Even though both consoles can connect to a computer, the Xbox has more features and uses. The Wii has limited features when connected to a computer for peer-to-peer sharing. In order to transfer files, he or she has to use a SD card (secure digital) to transfer files between the console and a computer. For complete control of the peer-to-peer network, the Wii must be totally flashed with a homebrew firmware. Flashing the console allows the user to access features that Nintendo specifically does not allow, such as playing DVDs and transferring game files. The only problem with this method is that the warranty will be voided, and the user can severely damage the console’s software if he or she is inexperienced. The Xbox 360 can be connected to a computer to share files without many limitations. The Xbox can simply connect to the computer using a crossover Ethernet cable. It can transfer music, video, and game files without the need of a SD card or memory stick. The Xbox has a media center, so the user could share all the media on his or her computer to their Xbox. The media center, along with the Xbox Live Marketplace, creates a comprehensive collection of videos, music, and pictures that can be downloaded to the users console for use.

The Xbox 360 and the Wii play in different resolutions. Resolution is measured of how many pixels are used to make up the picture on the television. Usually it is listed with a number followed by the letter “i” or “p”. The “i” stands for interlaced and the “p” stands for progressive. Progressive will have more pixels per inch compared to interlace making the picture more defined. The Wii is mainly played in standard definition for older televisions. It mostly plays with the standard 480i, which is a very low definition compared to high definition televisions of today. The highest resolution capable for the Wii is 480p. The Xbox 360 can play up to the highest resolution made for televisions today. The Xbox can play in high definition such as 1080p. The new Xbox 360s comes with a HDMI port (high definition multimedia interface) located in the rear of the console. The benefit of using HDMI is that the audio and video cables are in one cable, creating a cleaner look.

The Wii and the Xbox 360 support online services for gamers. The Wii has a limited online service. With only a few different channels, the Wii user has less ways to customize their console. Some channels allow the user to download media and games. Nintendo does allow the ability to download games through their Virtual Console Channel. The Virtual Console is very limited in the number of games, and none of them are free. The Xbox 360 has an online service geared towards gamers called Xbox Live. With downloadable games, music, videos and pictures, Xbox live gives gamers a way to extend their console’s use. Xbox also has a feature called gamer score. Gamer score is made from accumulating points earned from game achievements. The user can unlock the achievements by playing the game and completing challenges.

College students need the console that will help them through stressful times, or provide clean fun. Both machines can be useful for entertainment and creating social environments. They also play great games, but one stands out more. The Xbox 360 is the console that will meet all of these needs of the college student.