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Old 01-12-2011, 04:05 PM   #1
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The Motion Controller Showdown -- Who Wins?




Now that the Playstation Move and Xbox Kinect have been out for a bit, it seems like the right time to evaluate the motion-control systems out there on the market. With that in mind, here is a categorical breakdown of the motion-control offerings from Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft.


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One of the selling points of any motion-controlled system is the ability to jump in and play while reproducing natural movement as a form of input. People of all ages and gaming experiences can jump into a properly developed motion-controlled game with little difficulty. For all three of these platforms, this holds true.

And when the games and systems are working correctly, the Kinect, with its lack of controllers, is the easiest to get into because you don't have to pick up and play anything to have a motion-control experience.

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Old 01-12-2011, 04:33 PM   #2
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Nice article..

Out of the 3 I own a Wii, but have tried both Kinect and Move.
I Agree with your verdict! I don't own an X-Box but am really intrigued by the Kinect more than than the Move.

Here's my experience trying out both ont he same day at FanExpo 2010 in Toronto:

I was demoing the Kinect w/ the white water rafting game and it was really responsive. I said to the 12 yr old kid playing with me, "Let's do the YMCA! And see if it works!!!!" We did the YMCA in the raft and it was an amazing moment to see it on screen! Outstanding.

PS Move. They gave me Table Tennis to play. it's not even letting me serve properly. And when I try to do it, my player switches positon instead! WTF!!! I made up a rule right then and there: If you're ever going to demo a piece of software/hardware, DO NOT demo a Table Tennis game. B.o.r.i.n.g.

I did try the sword fighting mini-game at a store and that was more fun.. but still...

I find the Kinect has waaay more possibitly and promise. Let's put it this way.. I think the Kinect made people buy an X-Box, but the Move doesn't make people want to buy a PS3. ( and I'm a SONY fan thru and thru!)

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Old 01-12-2011, 04:53 PM   #3
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I have to agree. I own a PS2 and a 360. I don't care about brand loyalty. I don't like Wii as much because I like more hard core games. I got the 360 just because it came out before PS3. I love the Kinect. I got it so I could play games with my family and my wife. It has been worth it. Not having to have a controler and everything being easy to quickly understand has been a blast. Kinect sports really surprised me. We have fun with every game. The boxing game is fun but seems the least skill based to win in. I also like to show off and use the voice and motion controls of the guide. Really cool. I didn't know how much we would play it but it has been a lot. Can't wait to see what games they will come up with to utilize this system.
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I am sticking with standard controllers for my 360 and PS3. I have the Wii if I want to play with motion controls. Kinect looks like it could be fun to try, but that's about it. Already some of my friends tell me their Kinect hasn't been used on in weeks.
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I am sticking with standard controllers for my 360 and PS3. I have the Wii if I want to play with motion controls. Kinect looks like it could be fun to try, but that's about it. Already some of my friends tell me their Kinect hasn't been used on in weeks.
What does that have to do with who wins the motion control battle? I for one play more games with a controller and always will. That has nothing to do with this.
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Old 01-13-2011, 03:39 PM   #6
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All of these comparison articles and those that are touting the Kinect always fail to mention that the device simply does not work with FPS games like Call of Duty and Battlefield. How do you run and shoot people? It doesn't make any sense? Do you stand in your living room and actually run? FPS accounts for something like 40% of online gaming. Kinect is just OUT for the realm. Stick with the Move.
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It's really interesting to see how all of a sudden everyone forgets about the ps2 eyetoy which the kinect is based on. Kinect its not something "no one has seen before". We've seen it, its called ps2 eyetoy. Dr. Richard Marks from Sony was doing tech demos back in 2000 which prove the ps3 Move was concieved long before the wii and also that kinect its now something new. Kinect its cool for playing games that involve catching red balls with your grandma but other than that there's no potential. Its not natural to play some games without holding anything in your hand. Have you seen how stupid people playing kinect look? I assure you that in soe time microsoft will make some kind of controller/device that has buttons for the kinect. Mark my words. Sony was working on making games without a controller but found out the limits of doing that some 8 years ago, thats why they made the Move which is incredible precise. I have played both an the Move is by far the best. Think about it. If you want to be immersed in the game why would you want to see your own body moving in the game? Your body IS ALREADY moving! Also, there's no point of having something track your whole body; its a waste of resources. The important points to track are your hands, head and feet; its not like theres gonna be a game that requires me to play with my *** is it? Kinect its only
Selling because its a gimmick and people are ignorant and think this is the future!! Maybe it is but not right now. Not like this and not in 10
years. For me, the best motion contoller it's the one that its the most immersive, meaning: the one that makes you forget you are playing a videogame and puts you right in the action. So far the Move it's thr one closest to it. No noticeable lag, super precise and you
Dont see your own body everytime and everygame. Kinect does recognizes your body but its a useless waste. It has lag and ypu are remided every second you're just playing a game. Xbox fanboys try to hide kinect's failures by saying "even my grandma can play" or "its the newest technology" but if my ****** grandma can play a game that should be enough prove of how lame it is.
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I love it when Sony fan boys say things that always seems to go in their favor. Again this is all about the best motion controler. Not why Playstation Eye did something first. If you think The Playstation Eye is the same as kinect then you really don't know what your taking about. Your one of those Sony guys who can't like anything other than Playstation things. It's sad. What has Sony done for you other than take your money? I could care less about Microsolf and being loyal to them. I think the Move does some great things. They have impoved on what the Wii does. I just already had a 360 so why not get the Kinect? We have really had a ton of fun with it. How can you debat with that? I love games with a controller more but it's way more fun to play the Kinect with friends and family who aren't gamers than trying to teach them how to play Madden with a controler. How about going somewere else with the clear biased love affair you have with Sony. If you can't be objective we don't need your oppinoin.

For the guy who said you can't play FPS's with kinect. WHO CARES? Who would want to? I wouldn't want to play my FPS's with anything other than a standard controler. I like that the Kinect gives me a easy to pick up and play set of games. You don't have to be able to do everything for it to be good.
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