Nintendo Wii vs PlayStation Move vs Microsoft Kinect

In 2004, Nintendo NDS came into being. Compared with PSP, it has not game play, nor high-def graphic display, the dual screen games console brought a new trend and became a mainstream game console. With the success of NDS, in 2006, Nintendo broke the traditional game console design, brought us a new Motion Control game console, Wii. It had been the sales top for a period among current-generation game consoles.Alough motion control brings fresh air, it also got criticism to traditional game plaers.

With Microsoft Kinect for Xbox360 released, all three major video games console players are involved into the motion control business, Kinect for Xbox360, Playstation Move for PS3, and Wii Motionplus. With the infor on the market, let’s make a brief analysis on motion control peripherals, their differences, and what they wins & loses.

Wii

System

Wii remoter how to work had been talked a lot, here we make a breif intrustion on its system. With a CMOS camera on the top of Wii remote, an accelerometer tracks movement, while an IR sensor monitors the positioning of lights emitted by the sensor bar.Initially, movements with the remote were reflected only approximately in games with gestures and broad motions. Then Wii Motion Plus comes out that brings a gyroscope sensor to improve the motion detection greatly.

Cost

Wii is the cheapest game consoles of the three set-ups, costing just $199 for the default Wii bundle, including the system, a Wii remote, a Wii nunchuck, the Wii MotionPlus accessory, and copies of Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort. Or if you already have Wii, it will cost you $40 for an extra Wii remotes with MotionPlus.

Games

At E3, Nintendo gave us Wii Sport Resort and The Legend of Zelda:Skyward Sword for Wii Motion Plus. In the past five years, it has developed a very large games library for Wii players. Some of the more notable games that take advantage of the Wii’s motion-sensing abilities include Mario Kart Wii, Rayman Raving Rabbids, Boom Blox, Red Steel 2, and many others.

Playstation Move

System

PS3’s motion control system consists of PS Eye camera and PS Move controller. The Move Motion Controller, or “wand,” combines a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetic sensor to track the controller in three dimensions, while the glowing ball at the end gives the PlayStation Eye camera a visual reference for handling aiming, cursor movement, and other motion. During gameplay, it needs room, 5 to 9 feet is recommended between the player and the Playstation Eye.

Cost

If you already have a PS3, and you only need a Playstation Move. We recommend Playstation Move Sports Champions Bundle for you, only costs $99, in which, you will have the PlayStation Eye, a Move Motion Controller, and a copy of Sports Champions. If you want to go all-in with a new console, the $399 Playstation3 with PS Move bundle includes everything in the Sports Champions Bundle, plus a 320GB PS3 system.

Games

Except bundled Sports Champions, some games requires the Move system, like SingStar Dance, Start the Party, Brunswick Pro Bowling, Heroes on the Move, TV Superstars, Sorcery and The Shoot. In addition, EyePet, Kung-Fu Rider, etc. are also Move-specific games.

Kinect

System

With controller-free gaming experiences, the camera is key to Kinect work; a single color camera for image recognition, and two monochrome cameras for determining players movements in a three-dimensional space. Then, game players are free of controllers. A microphone array adds voice recognition to the mix, letting users control the system using voice commands or hand-waves. As it’s ony needs camera sensor, gamepaly requires a lot of space. Microsoft recommends 6 to 8 feet between the Kinect sensor and the user.

Cost

$150 for a Kinect with a game bundle Kinect Adverntrues, or $299 for a 4GB Xbox360 and Kinect. Want more storage space, it will cost $449 for Kinect and the 250GB Xbox360.

Games

There have bee more games available for Kinect. Here quoted some game review score online:

  • Kinectimals     OXM’s rating: 8 / 10
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved     OXM’s rating: 8 / 10
  • Dance Central     OXM’s rating: 8 /10
  • Kinect Joy      Ride CVG’s rating: 5.3 / 10
  • Kinect Adventures       CVG’s rating: 6.3 / 10 Kinect Sports CVG’s rating: 7.9 / 10

Bottomline

It’s really hard to say that one system is better or best, to a different market, more of a highlight is what gameplayers prefer. Wii is the first one who step in motion control field; Move in precision, accuracy and gameplay excitement bring more fun to players; Kinect make players completely free of controllers. While new ways of gameplay will create new games, but more importantly, it should make gameplay more smooth and more enjoyable.

Wii

Pros:Inexpensive. Huge game library.
Cons: The least accurate motion sensing of the three systems. Not high-def.

Move

Pros: Least expensive entry bundle. Very accurate motion tracking.
Cons: Requires a wand, sometimes two, depending on the game, for each player.<

Kinect

Pros: Totally hands-free. One Kinect accommodates multiple players. Voice control is very cool and works well.
Cons: Requires a lot of space. Slightly more lag whan than Playstation Move. <!– Add Art 5 –>

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