It all started with the Wii in late 2006. It promised to revolutionize the way we play video games, and to change the stereotype of sitting on a couch to play your new baseball season. It has done exactly that: changed the way video games are played. For example, a baseball Wii game would involve players becoming active as far as actually moving their arm in a throwing motion to pitch or swinging their Wiimote to smash an offering out of the park. Now, parents might think twice about restricting their kids’ gaming due to lack of exercise, because with games like Wii Fitness, Dance Dance Revolution, and Fitness Evolved (for the Xbox Kinect).
After Nintendo’s Wii had so much success, other companies, like Sony (PlayStation) and Microsoft (Xbox), decided to get their share of the motion gaming craze. Since then, Microsoft has released a motion-sensing way to play via a camera that is easily mounted on top of a TV, called the Xbox Kinect. While the Wii only tracks the motion of the Wiimote, Kinect takes full advantage of using a camera and tracks your whole body’s movements: hands, arms, head, legs, and feet. The average price of a Kinect is $140 on top of buying the Xbox 360 to use it with.
Sony got its hand in on motion technology by making the PlayStation Move. If one has a Playstation, as opposed to an Xbox, buying the motion gaming would cost about $40 less: Playstation Move retails for $99. It works in almost the same way as a Wii, using a sensor to see where the controller goes. Like the Wii, Playstation Move has available attachments like a Move handgun, but the Wii has more attachments, like a baseball bat, tennis racket, golf club, and even “lightsabers”.
When it comes to motion-based gaming, which will you choose? Let’s take a look at the financial aspect of motion-based gaming. Firstly, the Wii, which comes with one Wiimote, retails for around $200. Less the price for new batteries, it looks like it’ll cost you about $200 to experience the Wii.
The Xbox Kinect costs $140, but that’s on top of the $300 Xbox 360 price tag. While the Kinect won’t have you replacing batteries, to get started and play your first game would cost you $440.
Given the fact that you could find a bundle with a PS3 and Move for $300, the Wii is still the most cost-effective way to take part in motion gaming.
How will you choose to play video games with your body? With Nintendo’s Wii, Xbox Kinect, or PlayStation Move? The choice is yours.
Happy motion-gaming, video gamers!