What game console for 2 kids & family?

Hi,

I'm looking around for a game console for 2 kids (6 & 8, one loves football, the other is a dancing girl).
So I know there is Nintento Playstation, Microsoft XBox (one, S, 360 ... and even Windows10??? not sure what differences are?) and WII.
Then there is also the Kinect, what I love as an idea.

Have read something about it and saw two games which are great "Just Dance" and "Kinectimals" which look great fun to me.
Also being able to play with multiple persons (whole family or friends) seems great (f.e. dancing or bowling).

Now I think I have to go for the Kinect, so then XBox is my choice (if you do not agree, let me know), I have a spare Windows 10 laptop (Dell E7250) which I could use ... to run these games? Then I might also find them online somewhere (games)?
Then I only need to buy the Kinect and the games. I do already have Netflix and mediaplayer on TV so those features are not needed. Will not play myself any fancy games (I guess, never played before) so what would be the best option here?


Any input welcome!
J.
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William MillerInventory/IT ConsultantCommented:
Unfortunately this isn't how it works. You would need to purchase the actual console for these games to work. My personal suggestion if you're looking for a console for the family is the Nintendo WiiU. I wouldn't go for XBOX One as while two games look appealing, that's about the real extent of your family interactivity with the system. The Wii was built for family games with titles like Mario Party, Super Smash Brothers, Mario Kart, etc.
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Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
Game consoles tend to be a bit of personal opinion. They will all do what you want, but I found Nintendo tends to be more family oriented. You could use a laptop either standalone or in conjunction with an XBOX, but depending on your situation having a dedicate game console works out much better.
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Doesn t look that great to me this Wii u, the Kinect looks much cooler not needing any controls.
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Just saw Wii u video, that s defintely something I do not want. Ipad with games is already there, don t want an extr a solo slim game controller. The idea is family, with Kinect there is no controller and you stand before tv playing games which looks really fun.
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Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
Happened to find the exact same discussion here that may be worth a read: https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/wii-u-vs-xbox-360-kinect-for-a-family.2359743/

The Nintendo has movement games too... Just Dance is one example.
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William MillerInventory/IT ConsultantCommented:
Except that you do need controls as the Kinect is simply a peripheral (and a highly overpriced one at that). The motion tracking is shoddy and only works in optimal conditions. It has room size requirements as well. You'd essentially be paying 400 dollars for a product you would get extremely limited use out of as the games available for the Kinect are few and far between. The Wii U is very much a better product for family gaming. While I agree that it does look cool, it's an all but abandoned piece of hardware.
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Ok, thanks but I really do not want the extra possibility to play games on the controller itself. A controller with that option I will never ever buy.
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William MillerInventory/IT ConsultantCommented:
You can get controllers for the Wii U that don't have the ability to play the game on them. Also, you can't play them on the controller without the console itself being turned on. At the end of the day, it's a personal choice. I would simply advise against spending money on what is essentially a dead piece of hardware. The Xbox One itself is great, but the Kinect is just a poorly created gimmick with very low quality games. If you like dancing games, sure, the Kinect can work great for you. That's about as far as the useable library goes. Whereas the Wii U is literally a system made for children in your specific age range.
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Christopher RourkeProduct Manager @ Experts ExchangeCommented:
If it is the Kinect that interests you most about the Xbox it is worth knowing that Microsoft has halted production of them.
https://www.polygon.com/2017/10/25/16543192/kinect-discontinued-microsoft-announcement
That also means it is unlikely any future games will be developed for it.

As Brian B. stated, "Which is the better console for family gaming?" questions tend to be very opinion driven. I personally like the Xbox but that is primarily due to console exclusives (like Halo) that were set 2 console generations ago. Games tend to get scaled back in terms of features or graphics for Nintendo Wii ports (not as sure for the Switch), so if you're looking for the top end experience you won't find it there. There are plenty of family oriented games for both the Xbox and the Playstation, they just don't typically get the same level of marketing. Look for indie and "arcade" games available on those platforms for more info.
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
This helped too: https://nl.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lijst_van_spelcomputersystemen

Wii U is almost 6 years old, Xbox one X is most recent console.
Not eager to but technology of that age ....
But if you re that enthousiastic about Wii, I might consider. Then which Wii would you advise, that has no game controller on which you can play games (won't pay or pay for something I won t use)?
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William MillerInventory/IT ConsultantCommented:
The Wii U is the newest generation of the console. They all come with the gamepad. You would purchase another controller separately that doesn't have the screen functionality (Note this is the same requirement if you purchase an Xbox One X as they only come with one controller as well.) The added cost here, I guess, is you would need to purchase 2 Wii U controllers as opposed to one Xbox One additional controller. I wouldn't call myself enthusiastic about the Wii U as a console so much as trying to keep someone from spending money on a product that doesn't deliver on it's promise. To that, if you want the latest and greatest then you should go with an Xbox One X as it has a superior library of games overall, but the larger portion of that library will be games intended for either online play, or more mature audiences (Ages 16+).

The gamepad (The controller with the screen) on the Wii U is still a functional controller as well. It's a gimmick item much like the Kinect but it actually works as a controller as well. If you're going purely on a console for younger children, even with the GamePad on the Wii U, you're getting a better product for young audiences. If you want a better experience overall (Meaning not just for your kids), then the Xbox One X is a better option.
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Can't but Wii u anywhere anymore. What would you suggest then?
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