The comparisons are going to be inevitable when it comes to Microsoft’s new Kinect device and the Playstation Move controllers. With two new motion controllers coming out so close to one another, it was bound to happen, but the biggest question is are they really that similar?
It is obvious both Microsoft and Sony took their cues from the Nintendo Wii, but they seem to have gone in very different directions with what they learned from the famed Japanese game maker.
While Sony followed the form factor of the Wii nunchucks, that appears to be about where it ended. While the Wii has had a mix of games, it has very obviously been much more family driven gaming. The games have been built also only for use with the motion controllers. Sony seems to be sticking with its traditional gaming with titles like Killzone 3, and the motion control is more of an optional gaming choice. If you want to go that route, you can, but the games appear to be developed with the traditional controls in mind.
On the other end of the spectrum, you have the Microsoft Kinect following the family gaming path and games designed specifically for the controller. Until we hear of a Halo title using the Kinect, I’m sticking with that idea. It’s what else the Kinect will do that sets it apart from the other devices. This sensor bar is adding all sorts of new functions to your family room with video calling, video controls and more. The Kinect is a far more encompassing device, and also a much bigger jump forward in motion technology.
As Jon points out in the video above, Sony played it safe with the Move. There is nothing groundbreaking here, and that’s a bit depressing in my eyes. On the other hand, Microsoft may have taken too large of a leap into the future. Do developers even know what to do with this thing yet? Is it even possible to develop a game that will use a traditional controller as well as the Kinect?
This battle will be won at the checkout counters, and it may very well take a year or more to sort out, but don’t anyone go thinking that the two companies both released the same device because there is a world of difference.
What say you? Do either of these catch your fancy?