The Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii all look to be popular gifts once more this holiday season. However, interest this year lies in an innovative new addition: motion-sensor accessories, designed to compete with the highly popular feature already found on the Wii. This looks to be Microsoft and Sonyâ€™s attempt to tap into the family-friendly market the Wii has had so much success with.
Our guide will cover the Xbox Kinect, PlayStation Move, and Nintendo Wii, as well as a handful of motion-sensor games offered by each console.
Microsoft Xbox 360 and Kinect
Whereas the Wii and PlayStation use physical video game controllers to sense a playerâ€™s motion, the Kinect uses a small camera and Infrared sensor to follow a playerâ€™s movements in front of the screen. In a racing game, for instance, players grasp an invisible steeling wheel and the turn their hands left or right to steer their car. Being a camera, the Kinect can also be used for voice and video chatting via Xbox Live.
Microsoft Xbox 360 Slim and Kinect Bundle
Microsoft Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures!
- Retails for $149.99.
- Backwards compatible with your current XBox 360 console.
- Comes with the game Kinect Adventures!
Microsoft Xbox Kinect Games
Following in Nintendoâ€™s footsteps, Microsoft hopes the Kinect will bring the whole family into the living room to play their games together. With this in mind, many of the Kinect games rely on movement and multiplayer.
Kinect Sports $47.99 at Amazon.com
Your Shape Fitness Evolved $46.99 at Amazon.com
- Features tennis, soccer, beach volleyball, bowling, and ping-pong.
Dance Central $46.99 at Amazon.com
- Personal training and fitness games that help you track weight loss.
Kinect Joy Ride $46.99 at Amazon.com
- Dance to 90 of your favorite pop, R&B, and hip-hop tunes.
MotionSports: Play for Real $49.99 at Amazon.com
- Go-Kart racing simulator with wacky jumps, stunts, and obstacles.
- Play hard-hitting pro sports like football, boxing, skiing, soccer, and hang-gliding.