PLease Advise ~ Which Should I Buy PS3 or Wii?

PS3 and Wii - PS3 and Wii Video Games
Canada
September 16, 2010 8:04am CST
HI, I am Looking at getting my two children a new video game for Christmas. As they already have the rest thought I would look into a PS3 or Wii. If I can't get them off the game maybe I can at least get them off their butts, LOL. I do not play video games much, so my knowledge is limited and because of the cost I would like to ensure I buy the best machine for my money. Could seasoned users please compare the two for me? Is one more Interactive than the other? Which is cheaper? Which is easier to play? Which has more variety of games available? Is PS3 interchangeable with accessories for PS2? Are there any known issues with either console? Which do you feel is the overall better buy?
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@DertyJ (193)
• United States
9 Oct 10
I would say it depends what age they are. If they are younger than 12 or 13 go for the wii. It is more kid friendly and has games that are more appropriate for younger audiences. But for an older kid they would probably enjoy a ps3 more. I like my ps3 much better than my wii. I barely even use my wii. Plus the ps3 has something called playstation move which is similar to the wii. So overall I would say depends on the age but I recommend the ps3.
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• Canada
9 Oct 10
Thank you DertyJ, my children are 12 and 17 so it sounds as if they would indeed enjoy the PS3 more.
• Canada
22 Sep 10
Why buy a ps3 or wii??? when you have xbox 360, you could buy a kintec... its a new motion playing system.. its a device that sees your motion through a camera and you can also play bluray in that... so that is how you will be saving money, because it only costs another 199 dollars, well that money for me is too much for me lol... but get the xbox kentic, it goes with your xbox.
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• Canada
22 Sep 10
Thank you, I did not know that! As I said I have very little knowledge of video games, I was thinking of getting this for my teens for Christmas.
@xtedaxcvg (3190)
• Philippines
20 Sep 10
I'm an extreme fan of the Playstation series but I'd go with WII on this one. The reason is because it's for your two children. I think WII is more child-friendly than Playstation and it's more family-oriented. I vote for WII purely for family reasons.
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• Canada
20 Sep 10
That's what everyone's saying, that the Wii is a better choice for children. Thank you for your comments.
@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
16 Sep 10
Hello, I'd like to recommend the wii. The wii is more interactive, as a wider variety of games suited for the whole family, and you can download old games from the wii channel onto the wii. You have many accessories to choose from, and some you can get at the dollar tree. They have sports games, games based off board and television games, they have games for girls and boys alike, they have games to make you dance, some to make you sing... I believe a lot of the games on the wii are rated for children in mind, I have a lot of games that are rated for children in mind but they are just as fun fro the adults, I am 23 if that gives you any indication of how fun they are.
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• Canada
16 Sep 10
Thank you SomeCowgirl for your response. That is good to know because the main object is to get them off the couch! All comments are welcome, as I don't have much knowledge in this area and seldom play the other systems. :)
@Sidoghosh (174)
• India
18 Sep 10
Take my Advice wait it out !..Sony PS4 is on the way..happy gaming ;)
• Canada
18 Sep 10
Thank you for your comment. Do you know when its coming or what new features it will have? Do you think it may be released before December 2010?
@fpsninja (874)
18 Sep 10
i think this comment is more sort of spam style. The ps3 is likely to be around for another 5 or so years yet!
@asxenon (1441)
• Malaysia
17 Sep 10
i think it depends on how old your children is. If you have young children, then maybe they do enjoy wii which they can have some physical exercise as well. But if they are older, they would definitely prefer PS3 as there are more games and better graphic games etc... :p
• Canada
17 Sep 10
Yeah, they are older 14 and 17, seems like the PS@ might be a better choice for them.
@asxenon (1441)
• Malaysia
17 Sep 10
Yup, for entertainment wise, i do think they would prefer PS3 :D Anyway do make sure they know how to plan their time, or else they would play the whole day :p
@iowachap (100)
• United States
16 Sep 10
Personally I would say your choices should be Wii or Xbox, as the new Xbox componet that will make it better than Wii, plus the Xbox has the most games, the Xbox 360 is stomping on PS3. I have and like the Wii myself, and I am 40, I use it mainly now for Rockband, but it is great for multi player, and getting folks a little more active, get off your rear and move something.. :) Kids need to get active these days. I do not have the answers to all those questions, but I do think the PS3 has more games than the Wii, however Xbox 360 has more than both. You might want to look at the games each offer and see which ones interest you the most, between Wii and PS3 usually most will like the games on PS3 better, however the play style on the Wii is very unique and adds a total new gaming dimension that the PS3 can not match. However be sure you have adequete room to play the Wii otherwise trying to have 2 people playing and moving at the same time might not work out well as it is always good to have a big room to play the Wii so folks can flail their arms and move around while playing. I would not even consider the blu ray option for the PS3 as why to get it over the Wii as most folks have a Blu-Ray player, netflix offers a way to stream movies to your TV through your wii system.
• Canada
16 Sep 10
I guess my knowledge on this subject is much more limited than I first thought. My son already has an X-Box and an X-Box 360, he is 17 and plays more mature games. My daughter is 14 and is into music, dance and quests games. I will have to start looking at what is available for games for each system, as you say. My son has found a way to stream movies through his X-Box 360 already. He is pretty knowledgeable about these games but I'm afraid he will try to influence me without taking his sister into consideration, as their tastes in games are so different. Thanks for your comments. :)
@Mistie (69)
• United States
17 Sep 10
I was going to mention the Xbox Kinect myself. http://www.xbox.com/en-US/kinect As we already have an Xbox 360, it seems like the best option. I'd rather not have two separate consoles myself. Well, not in one room anyway.lol We have more than one Xbox 360 because we sometimes like to play different games at the same time or sometimes my husband and my son will both be online playing with friends/ family that live in other states.
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
16 Sep 10
Since you are going to buy for two children, it would be nice if you would buy them a Nintendo Wii than a PlayStation 3. Most of the games on the PlayStation 3 are either for teens and above, taking advantage of the graphic capabilities of that game of course. When you look at Nintendo's Wii, you can have a lot of variety when it comes to games and, game play is more innovative since you sometimes need to move compared to just pressing buttons on the keypad. Games on the Wii are in DVD, so I think they would be more affordable compared to the PlayStation 3's Blue Ray disks. With that, I think you can really buy more games for the Wii than on the PlayStation 3. Well, some games can be played in different consoles, like Guitar Hero or those other music games but, there are also games that can only played on some particular consoles.
• Canada
16 Sep 10
This certainly gives me something to think about. It may be best to buy each a different system as they have different tastes in games. I think the girl would prefer more interactive games like on the Wii as she plays a lot of music and dance games, where as the boy is more into more grown up games such as combat games. Thanks for your comments. :)
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
17 Sep 10
I think there are combat games as well with the Wii.. Then again, if you really want to get both consoles, I guess your children would be very lucky to experience both capabilities of each console as well as the exclusive games that can only be available in each console.
@Naruto555 (173)
• United States
19 Sep 10
A wii definatly if you have kids that are under twelve wii offers titles for smaller kids when ps3 only offers a bit so you should give them a wii.
• Canada
19 Sep 10
Both of my children are over twelve. I am beginning to think that the PS3 is a better option. Thank you for your comments. :)
@fpsninja (874)
18 Sep 10
I would recommend the ps3 personally, they will have more fun when playing it one themselves. The wii needs friend round, or parents etc to take part. But then again, you may prefer that. The PS3 is more about gaming, where the wii is more about sort of light fun with friends. But for £200 or however much a wii costs, i would want more than fairly basic graphics, with a controller made out of cheap plastics. The ps3 can even be used to play blu rays (these are sort of what is coming after DVDs) But the choice is ultimately yours.
• Canada
18 Sep 10
Thank you for your comments. You have made some very good points regarding type of play. My children like the fun of gaming and only the youngest enjoys games with interaction with her friends, like dancing games. The boy enjoys online play and wants good graphics which I guess would be better on the PS3. I am also, of course, looking for quality as well.
• United States
18 Sep 10
From the sounds of it, your goal is to get the kids up and moving around. If that's the case, then Wii is the way to go. It's not only the cheapest of the 3 next gen consoles, but the Wii remote actually requires some movement to be used in certain games, which gives the kids an outlet for their energy. All 3 have good games for them, but I think the Wii caters more to the age group your kids probably fit under. The Wii does, however have a couple drawbacks you should consider: 1) Friend codes make it hard to add friends over the internet. 2) The Wii remote is battery operated, as opposed to the other 2 being rechargeable by default, so unless you have money to spend on batteries, or you have rechargeable batteries, then maybe this isn't such a good option. Also, another thing you should consider; There are different models of the PS3 and only some of them are backwards compatible (By backwards compatible I mean they play PS/PS2 games.) Do your research and see which models are backwards compatible before you buy one. Also, if you don't have Wi-Fi, you can't download the PS2 BIOS, and it doesn't come with the system. Personally I think it's stupid how they handled backwards compatibility with that system. On the other hand, the Xbox 360 and Wii play Xbox games & Gamecube games respectively, so they're backwards compatible with some of what you may already have. All the systems have downloadable content, some of which include older games, so there's a variety of games for all systems. I hope that gives you a general run-down of what all these systems have to offer.
• Canada
18 Sep 10
Thank you for your comments. You have given me some food for thought, I had not realized that there were different models of the PS3 and some seem to be a better buy as they are more compatible with other games. They have so many systems they no longer use so it would certainly be a bonus for them to use some of the games they already have. Seems that you just build them a library of good games to play and they come out with another system and you have to start all over!
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• Singapore
17 Sep 10
The Wii is suited for those who are active and who like to move about instead of just holding on to the joystick whereas the PS3 is for the serious gamers and enthusiasts of hardcore shooting games. If your children don't like to move about then it's the PS3. If they are hyperactive, buy the Wii. However, take note that if they are too excited and especially the Wii involves moving the remote control around, it could fly off and hit an object. I will say the Wii is the best as you can move around as you play. It's your take now.
• Canada
17 Sep 10
The Wii certainly seems the game of choice for interaction. My children being teens though are into more mature games, and from what people are telling me, those type of games are not offered as much with the Wii. Thanks for your comments. :)
@youless (94336)
• Guangzhou, China
17 Sep 10
If you want to buy it for children, I suggest you to buy Wii. At least sometimes the Wii games are much more like sports. The children won't stay in front of the TV and play the videos only. It is harmful for their eyesight and less sports are not good for children. The Wii games will make them have activities and it is funny. I love China
• Canada
17 Sep 10
I've heard that it is the game of choice for interaction games. I would certainly like to get them up off the couch and moving. Thanks for your comments. :)
• United States
17 Sep 10
Since your kids are 14 and 17 years old, I say the Playstation 3 is better for them. They play the Playstation 2 and Xbox 360 more which means they prefer to play more teenage to adult games. Nintendo Wii haves more games for family and kids. Of coures the Nintendo Wii is more interactive. If you want to get your kids off the couch with the Playstation 3, get the Playstation Move which is a motion controller like the Nintendo Wii motion controller. It's suppose to be released on September 19. Depends what your kids like the most in games. If they love Mario games and other family games then go with Nintendo Wii. If they are more into Action-Adventure, Shooters, RPG, etc. then go with Playstation 3.
• Canada
17 Sep 10
Thank you for your comments. Seems to me that folks have a lot of good things to say about the PS3, may be the game of choice for teens and up. :)
@akp100 (13391)
• India
17 Sep 10
I also don't know much about these two games as i am user of PS2. And I am well satisfied with ps2 which is very cheap in compare of two you mentioned... But still there are some advanced features like : PS3 having more good graphics.. Wireless joystick (ps2 having joystick with wire).. Having Hard Disk don't know others but surely there are many more.. about wii : The only unique feature i know is that it having motion censor .. so you can have unique experience of gaming in compare of other device.. About price comparison i think wii is cheaper then ps3.(not sure)... IF you are not that regular on gaming or if you are begginer then i don't think you should go for such costly games... you should choose ps2 instead of them.. i mean it is very cheap(in compare of ps3 and wii) and you can experience good gaming with it.
• Canada
17 Sep 10
They already have a PS2 and I agree with it being a good system, that is mostly what my daughter uses. Did you know that you can get a wireless paddle for PS2 as well? My daughter has one. My son has an XBox and XBox 360, he mostly uses the XBox 360. My daughter doesn't like the XBox. I don't plan on using it at all as I don't really care for any of them. This is more for the children. The systems come and go so quick. Between both of my children they have, PS, PS2, Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo, Gamecube, DS, XBox and XBox 360. The only ones they use is Gamecube, PS2 and XBox 360. Such a waste when you think of it. That is why I'm trying to find out all I can about the systems, I'm not all together sure what I should get them.
• Indonesia
17 Sep 10
how 'bout Xbox 360?
• Canada
17 Sep 10
My son already has an XBox and XBox 360, my daughter definitely wants an upgrade from PS2 though.
• United States
16 Sep 10
The best bang for your buck will be the PS3. It is more than just a gaming console, it is an entertainment system. It has the ability to handle movies, pictures, video AND gaming. It will grow with your children. While it IS true that the Wii seems to have more family oriented games, Sony is moving in the right direction. The introduction of the new PS3 accessories that pretty much give it the same capabilities as the Wii were just released. With this, you can rest assured that they will also come out with family and family friendly oriented games. Just for reference, my family has both a Wii AND a PS3. The PS3 gets the most usage. Good-Luck
• Canada
17 Sep 10
Thank you for your comments. I did not realize that the PS3 could handle pictures as well. This is a bonus as my daughter is in to editing pictures and sharing them with her friends, she would definitely like the idea that she could store pictures on the game system.
@abrar11 (95)
• India
16 Sep 10
ps 3
• Canada
16 Sep 10
Looks like the PS3 is very popular among game players. Thanks for your comment. :)
@fpsninja (874)
16 Sep 10
I my personal opinon, get a ps3. Wii is more of a console you play with friend, and i would rather watch a dvd with friends compared to playing on the wii, as the wii gets quite boring. Furhtermore, the psp has a blu ray player. So you could even watch blu-rays in HD with your friends! But thats just me, the wii is a bit cheap style plastic, that evolves around the idea that you have fun with it with friends, which you would do doing anything pretty much!
• Canada
16 Sep 10
I had not thought of that aspect. I am glad you mentioned that. My children usually play their games by themselves, its not an activity they usually invite friends over to do. If they do play with friend its usually online. Very good points. Thanks for responding. :)
• United States
16 Sep 10
even though I want a wii too I would suggest you get the ps3
• Canada
16 Sep 10
Why is that? Is there a particular reason?