With the launch of the Wii U console just over two weeks away, it’s not surprising that the competition is weighing in with their opinions on what Nintendo will have to offer. As the Wii’s dominance of the console market has waned, Microsoft and Sony have both made a strong showing with top shelf HD titles being pumped out for their consoles. The problem now is that Nintendo is first out of the gate with their next generation console, heating up the competition with the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 as the holiday season fast approaches. With the playing field levelled technology-wise, consumers might flock to the Wii U because it’s a new console and it will have a strong roster of cross-platform titles. However, Microsoft is of the opinion that the Xbox 360 is still your best choice for HD gaming. The console war, it seems, continues to rage.
While the Wii U is likely to experience early success thanks to solid pre-order numbers and media hype, Microsoft’s Matt Barlow feels that the Xbox 360 will be able to win over those who are leaning towards Nintendo’s camp. In an interview with GamesIndustry, he outlined some of the perceived advantages of going with their console. The integration of SmartGlass is one of the key components, as it opens up a host of multimedia enhancements, and the Kinect will also play a big part in Microsoft’s business plan moving forward. As the console nears the end of its lifecycle, Batlow stresses that the Xbox 360 is still the best choice for those looking to get the most out of their HD gaming experience.
“I can’t think of a better console for them to choose than one that has the most games available, the highest rated games available, than the Xbox 360 platform.” Barlow was quoted as saying, going further to add “Like I said, jump off is great and we like the way we’re positioned to pick those customers up. They really should consider an Xbox 360 if they’re looking for the best high definition gaming and entertainment platform.”
While Barlow’s comments come off as being hubristic, there is no denying that the Xbox 360 is still a strong contender in the martket. The release of well-received exclusive titles such as Forza Horizon and Halo 4 has boosted its profile, and the $50 pre-holiday price drop is bound to shift units in the coming months. Xbox Live is also going quite strong, making it the go-to place for many who enjoy online multiplayer, an arena in which the Wii U has yet to prove itself. In terms of which console will provide the “better” HD experience overall, that’s highly subjective and it will depend on many factors. The Wii U is set to launch on November 18, 2012.