This holiday season, the virtual sports world gets a little more physical with the launch of Sony’s PS Move and Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360.
PS Move—consisting of the PlayStation Move motion controller and the PlayStation Eye Camera—offers advanced motion control, allowing gamers to physically react to everything the virtual world throws at them.
PS Move technology tracks every movement, no matter how fast or subtle. The Eye Camera tracks full positional and rotational movements of the controller and detects power and speed (not just wrist action) to create real time on-screen movement.
You truly feel part of the action. And whether you’re swinging a golf club or grappling with gladiators, you won’t stop moving until the rechargeable batteries die.
Bonus: Sony’s 3D technology is incorporated in specific game titles so gamers can be fully immersed in the action.
Don’t own a PS3?
Best Option: PS3 Sports Champions Move Bundle, $400
Own a PS3?
Best Option: PlayStation Move Bundle (game included), $100
Own a PS3 and PS Eye Camera?
Best Option: PlayStation Move motion controller, $50
Kinect for Xbox 360
Drop the controller and simply stand in front of the sensors. With Kinect for Xbox 360, gamers can freely jump, run, throw and kick their way through every level of the game.
Games are controller-free because Kinect showers the area with infrared light. The camera detects and differentiates gamers’ full-body movements and translates them into the game.
Kinect focuses only on participating gamers, not their buddies cheering or jeering in the background. The real life movements of an athlete performing yoga or kickboxing are not disrupted on screen by unavoidable background motion.
Bonus: No need to constantly log in to your profile. After completing a quick succession of scans, the system will always recognize your physical stature and start competing instantly.
Don’t own a 360?
Best Option: Xbox 360 4G Console with Kinect, $300
Own a 360?
Best Option: Kinect for Xbox 360, $150