Motion gaming is starting to come of age. The three big companies in gaming, Nintendo, PlayStation, and Microsoft, are now all at the table, each with their own motion based products. Nintendo was first to innovate in this space with the Nintendo Wii. Then came PlayStation with PlayStation Move, and shortly thereafter, Microsoft joined up with Kinect. All of them aim to get you off the couch and physically involved in your games but each of them differ in how they accomplish that.
So which one is right for you? Let's find out.
How it works: The Nintendo Wii is all about the remote control. Through built-in accelerometers and infrared technology the WIi detects every movement you make with the "Wii Remote". A sensor bar is placed near your TV to detect that infrared signal.
Who might be interested: This console is great for families and playing with a group of friends. Many of the games are designed for younger audiences which provides a good selection for families with children. Many of them allow up to 4 people multi-player fun!
What else?: Offers an excellent interactive fitness tool with Wii Fit and exclusive Nintendo titles you won't find on other consoles such as Mario and Zelda games.
How it works: PlayStation Move, like the Nintendo Wii, utilizes a controller with motion-sensing technology as well as a camera, called the PlayStation Eye, mounted near your TV to track the glowing orb on the controller with precision accuracy.
Who might be interested: The PlayStation Move has a little something for everyone. Games range from sports to family/party to shooters. As with the Wii and Kinect, the Move could be the life of a party, with great multi-person gameplay.
What else?: With highly accurate detection of the remote, the Move offers a precise level of control that set it apart from the rest. Also, the PlayStation Eye accessory opens up new possibilities with games such as EyePet & Friends, which puts you right on the screen with your very own pet.
How it works: Kinect makes you the controller. The Kinect will detect full body movement in a 3D space for multiple people without the need of any controller. Not only that but Kinect also integrates sound as an input method and will recognize voice commands.
Who might be interested: As with the Move and Wii, Kinect has something for every type of gamer from casual to hardcore players. Without the need to hold a controller, Kinect offers some of the best dance gaming experiences with games like Dance Central 2 and Just Dance 3. The elimination of the controller also offers an easy learning curve for younger audiences.
What else?: Kinect isn't just for games but also facilitates navigation of the entire Xbox 360 menu system. You can swipe your hand in the air to move through pages or search for anything you want by just saying it, which makes searching for your entertainment, well, entertaining.