Since its launch the Nintendo Wii has cornered the market on motion controls, but this fall Sony and Microsoft will try to steal the limelight when they release Move and Kinect. But which of these two should gamers get behind?
Kinect boasts the use of “full body motion” while the Move claims that is has perfect “1 to 1 motion tracking”. What does this mean to you? Well, nothing really. They’re just marketing terms. Both motion controllers will require you to be standing, for the most part, so the difference here is whether you want to have two controllers in your hands. Kinect will use body motions to activate in game actions, while the Move will utilize buttons that cover both wands. So if you don’t care about buttons, then Kinect is for you.
If price is a factor to you, then you’re probably going to find the Playstation Move’s $80 price tag more attractive than the $150 Microsoft is asking for Kinect. Then again, that’s assuming that you don’t want the Navigation Controller, and already own the Playstation Eye. If you require that accessory then expect to pay $100 for the Move Starter Bundle. It includes a game, but you'll still need to pick up a Navigation Controller.
Personally speaking, what helped me make my decision between Kinect and Move was the game library. Microsoft has announced 15 games for the launch of Kinect, and each of them seems to be trying to capture a type of gamer that I am not. Sony hasn’t announced which games will be available at launch, but has released a list of games that will be out before the end of the year and beyond. This list interests me more, as it’s both new games, and some that I have on my shelf already, but also it is a healthy mix of casual and hardcore games. Plenty of people will purchase and enjoy the Kinect games, but they just aren’t for me.
Regardless of these new technologies, hardware accessories don’t usually sell very well. Both Sony and Microsoft will have their work cut out for them to get these products into homes. But whether you decide to go with Kinect or Move, you may as well submit to the fact that you’re going to look ridiculous playing with them.