It’s a question that gets asked a lot, which is better, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Kinect or Sony’s Playstation Move? The motion sensing controllers have been out for around 2 years now and a large number of titles have been released for both. So which one is better? Well we will leave the decision up to you, and just provide you the details and all you need to know.
The Xbox 360 Kinect is an impressive piece of hardware, it is the only gaming motion sensor that works without the need to be holding a controller of some sort, it uses a sophisticated infrared camera that captures your body movements.
Straight out of the box, you get the sleek sensor that is rectangular in shape and houses 3 cameras situated on top of a motorized stands that auto adjusts to track your movement. The sensor is connected to the console by a single USB cable.
Kinect Adventures Bundle
With every Kinect bundled in is Kinect Adventures, it combines 5 games that take advantage of the motion sensing capabilities of the Kinect, 20 000 Leaks, River Rush, Reflex Ridge, Space Pop and Rallyball are the five titles found on Adventures.
If you own a Nintendo Wii, you have probably seen the terrible sight of a Wii mote hurtling towards your expensive TV. Now with Kinect, the no controller aspect is very appealing and all the games support a sort of hands on guide of how to select things with buttons or controls, and some games even support voice input.
A major issues with Kinect is the amount of space a player needs, the system requires you to stand at least 7 ft away to be able to play, and when your swinging your limbs around the room you need a large amount of space between you and anything else in the room.
The Kinect on its own costs between $100 – $150 and compared to the Playstation move that costs around $50-$70 it’s quite expensive!
The Kinect hand-over hovering menu system is incredibly frustrating and feels quite slow and unresponsive. You often have to hold your arm out over a menu block for about 3-5 seconds before anything happens.
The PlayStation Move incorporates a Motion sensitive camera and a move joystick, and has been praised for its brilliant precision.
The Sony PlayStation Move has plenty more motion sensitive options than that of its rivals, for instance, when playing games like sports champions table tennis, the bat can be rotated in all directions with zero lag between movement and action on the screen, The slightest motion and the PS Move will pick it up.
Simple Set Up and Good Price!
Even easier than the Kinect, the PlayStation Move is just a simple plug in and play from the camera to the PlayStation 3 Console via USB. The Move starter kit starts at around $50-$70 and is decently priced compared to the Kinect, although remember you don’t get a game with the starter kit.
Whilst this could be seen as both pro and a con, the games available on the PlayStation move seem much more adult related, with controls that can be difficult to grasp but when you understand the concept it can make for some great game play. Whilst there is still a number of family orientated games, there are not anywhere near the amount available on the Kinect
The Move controller has one of the worst designs for a controller I have ever seen. But actually it’s not that bad when you have it in your hand, the grip feels comfortable and natural, and the changing orb is pretty cool.
Lack of Games
The number of AAA games for the PlayStation move is very few and my personal move controller is used very infrequent because of this. However “Sorcery” that was released last month was an absolute blast, so there are some hidden gems, it’s just a shame there are so few!
As each product becomes more popular the number of games that support Kinect and PlayStation move input is ever increasing. The latest FIFA 13 game supports both Kinect and PlayStation move and provides some entertainment, if not gimmicky, features.
Although Kinect sales are still greater than the PS Move the gap is closing and my person verdict is that because the PlayStation move really is great value for money we will see it exceed the sales of Kinect.