The Kinect is an excellent controller. It consists of a laser-emitting, camera-housing and microphone-sporting controller you place centered with your television. This is much the same thing you do with the Wii's bar. But that's all the Kinect is. There's no need to hold a controller or other device with your hands to ensure that the Kinect knows what's going on, as it can detect pretty much the entire human form. It could probably detect dogs too, if someone programmed a game to do so. The key is your hands. Using your hands, you'll interact with the Kinect system via menus. However, you can accomplish some things with voice as well, with some prebuilt commands allowing you access to a Kinect-enabled game by telling the console what to do.