CBC: Review: Microsoft Kinect and Playstation Move

Four year ago, Nintendo launched the Wii, a strangely named video game console that didn’t focus on cutting-edge graphics, top-level processing power or high-definition disc playback. Instead, the Wii went in a different direction: motion control.

The console’s controller, the Wiimote, largely freed games from button pushing, allowing players with little skill in such things to jump right in. Nintendo’s plan worked – the company has sold 76 million consoles so far, nearly the combined total of its two competitors, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Motion gaming clearly spoke to a much larger market than the hard-core gamers Sony and Microsoft were catering to.

Not surprisingly, it’s a market the two companies want a piece of. Microsoft is coming after Nintendo with Kinect, an Xbox 360 add-on that launches Thursday, while Sony has its PS3 Move controller, which was released in September. So, how do the two new entries compare?

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Cloudberry2754d ago

From the article:

"These are the sorts of games that older Wii owners have been wanting more of, and ironically, it’s Sony that is promising them.

The company clearly wants some of the expanded market developed by Nintendo — but of the three players, it looks like Sony is the one that is most looking to satisfy core gamers."

Pennywise2754d ago (Edited 2754d ago )

Anyone with a brain saw this months ago.

Sony was going after what Nin built.

MS was going after pseye game fans.

@vega - EXACTLY.

Sez 2754d ago

What fans do pseye have honestly. Show me people that actually was a fan of pseye

Shadow Flare2754d ago

I think microsoft are going after the nintendo fans, and so is Sony. It's just Sony is also going after it's core fans as well, where as Microsoft *looks at launch titles* isn't

Blaster_Master2754d ago (Edited 2754d ago )

Penny, you obviously dont know what your talking about. Sony has been working on psmove tech has been around since 2002.

corneliuscrust2754d ago (Edited 2754d ago )

And Nintendo swindled them out of TONS of marketshare. Nintendo was the one that took the big risk with motion gaming and an respectively underpowered console.

Sony sat on their move R&D until the dust settled.

Montrealien2754d ago

Well Penny, I have run a videogame store and been on the sale end of videogames for quite a few years now and I must say, I never saw 24 people lined up for a PSeye in the morning as I opened my store.

So either Sony marketed the PSeye wrong, or the market is now actually ready for these kinds of games.

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inveni02754d ago

I don't know if I would say that Sony is going after core gamers...after all, where's a core game with Move at the center? It doesn't exist. Tacking it into KZ3 and Socom 4 is nice, but it's hardly what core gamers are looking for. All that really does is convince us to give it a shot. Personally, I love Move for its casual applications. But I'll have to wait for a core, Move-centric title to make a determination on Sony's respect for the core gamer when it comes to motion.


wow, you are really uninformed. PS Move to seems to be at the forefront of all the Killzone 3 footage. I've been covering the title since it's unvail and that is the number one feature that's at every event being demonstrated for the game...tacked on do some more research before you post please.

inveni02754d ago

I've seen everything there is to see about KZ3. You're generalizing my use of "tacked on". I don't mean tacked on like I would describe the single-player element of UT3. I mean "tacked on" like, "Let's add Move support." If you really listen...if you really pay'll also hear the people demoing Move on KZ3 say that DS3 is still the bread and butter of the game. So, when I say "tacked on" I mean that it's not a part of the core's an option. It's like tacking a sunroof onto your sports car.

I hope that clears it up.

BillOreilly2753d ago

Microsoft is going after ALL people. Sony is going after core gamers, ironicly the ones who already own a ps3. Kinect will expand the 360 user base, while move will sell to existing ps3 owners. Which is better(or they both suck) is subjective. The fact is kinect will sell consoles, the more sold the more money, power, and bigger fanbase it has. To me kinect is cooler but move is more precise although i dont see move sellin consoles.

badz1492753d ago (Edited 2753d ago )

"where's a core game with Move at the center?" It doesn't exist"

RE5, HR, MAG and RUSE are already there available at MOVE launch! these games are using MOVE! last time I check, these games aren't casual at all! on the other hands, let see is there any core games on Kinect launch....NADA!

inveni02753d ago

You've misread. First, I'm not protecting Kinect. I think it's stupid. I've never bought a 360, and I never will. As far as I'm concerned, Microsoft doesn't have games I enjoy.

You quoted me, and then provided games that don't meet the standards of my quote. Yes...all of the games you mentioned have Move. But Move is only an option. There are no hardcore games for which Move is the ONLY method of control. Until Sorcery (which is, arguably, NOT a core game), we're still waiting on a core title with Move as the only method of control.

badz1492753d ago

"There are no hardcore games for which Move is the ONLY method of control. Until Sorcery (which is, arguably, NOT a core game), we're still waiting on a core title with Move as the only method of control." - why do you even want THAT? and if Sorcery is not a core game, then I don't know what else is! even the best games on Wii which maybe SMG2 is not built solely for Wiimote.

dude you really lost me there! there are game specifically for MOVE and there are games where both MOVE and DS3 can be used! I think these core games I mentioned qualified enough because you can used MOVE from get go to finish. what else do you want?

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gigaware2754d ago (Edited 2754d ago )

As if patching Move support for Killzone and Socom etc is going to sell massive amounts to casual gamers. All Microsoft has to do is release these so called hardcore games in the 2nd wave of titles after they got the attention from the casuals hence why Kinect will outsell Move 4 to 1.

Pennywise2754d ago

Are we looking to play our games with casuals now? gigaware, how old are you? 5?

FriedGoat2754d ago

Kinect cant do hardcore.

gigaware2754d ago

Just don't get haters and gaming media. They complain the 360 is too hardcore and now they complain about things being too casual.

perfectCarbonara2754d ago (Edited 2754d ago )

Show me where someone EVER said 360 was TOO hardcore. Just hardcore, sure, but TOO hardcore...?

However, 360 IS too casual now.

MS seems to only know how to deal in absolutes, if it's not black, its white. Not big then it must be small.

They say we're hardcore ? then lets go 100 percent casual...

They should learn some subtlety, like Sony who have always had plenty for the hardcore and plenty for the casuals.

rrw2754d ago

they problem is they to hardcore for casual.

n4gno2754d ago

Why always talking about sells ?

games and accuracy, is all gamers want !

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joydestroy2754d ago

yep those are my thoughts as well. i'm hopeful that M$ will release some games for core gamers but i just don't know if it's going to happen. time to play the waiting game

Anon19742754d ago

You know that if Microsoft had something for the core gamers, anything at any stage of development, they'd be shouting it from the rooftops in an effort to expand the appeal of Kinect as part of their marketing push. They aren't. We saw that on-rails Star Wars game that's nowhere to be seen for the most part. We've seen a couple of Japanese, on rails games which may or may not get released outside of japan.

If you're a Core gamer interested in what Kinect has to offer, it certainly looks like it might be a good idea to play that waiting game and see if anything comes your way before shelling out $150 for Kinect.

Things I took away from this article.

"Sony is the one that is most looking to satisfy core gamers"

"some of the Move games actually felt more natural than reality"

"Kinect doesn’t handle precise controls very well"

This is what people have been saying since E3, now it's confirmed. Core gamers - Sony's the pony to bet on.

Montrealien2754d ago (Edited 2754d ago )

You may be right Cloudberry, however the main problem is that core gamers are not the largest part of the gamer market as a whole. So catering to the core gamer is not exactly the most profitable strategy and the Wii proved that. I also hope Kinect/Move have good core focussed games, but then again, that`s why I have my controllers.

ALFAxD_CENTAURO2754d ago (Edited 2754d ago )

''The company clearly wants some of the expanded market developed by Nintendo — but of the three players, it looks like Sony is the one that is most looking to satisfy core gamers." ''

That's not an opinion, that is a fact.

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Shazz2754d ago

im a core gamer so i want my motion controller to support the games i like and playstation move does that for me .

gigaware2754d ago (Edited 2754d ago )

Oh stop.... Kinect isn't going to be the end of the world for Sony. No need to sit up waiting for Kinect news to attack. Upset the Kinect game averages and the kinect unit average score is starting to climb?

Shazz2754d ago

thats very rich coming from you gigaware lmfao

soren2754d ago

a person who say wii sucks aye?

brstmp2754d ago (Edited 2754d ago )

So it sucks?

get move,..or wii, at least you can play something other than eyetoy games,.. damn

what were they thinking,.. at that price,.. and it's gaming applicability is almost the same as 11 year old 5 usd eyetoy,..
and you need a lot of damn space!

brstmp2754d ago

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alb18992754d ago

l think that the first games are just like demos to start but after 5millions kinect are out we will see more promising games the same with move.

getem2754d ago (Edited 2754d ago )

Here are some people posting videos playing kinect. It is not pretty

Boody-Bandit2754d ago

I wish I could disagree with you being a 360 fan and all but I can't. This really is sad. This is the reality of Kinect but nothing like I was expecting Natal to be.

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