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New motion-based gaming system offers more than Wii

Posted December 13, 2010
Updated December 15, 2010

Motion-based video games, which detect players’ movements, are a hot gift this holiday season.

Nintendo Wii, the first to get into motion-based gaming, is offering an updated, enhanced-controller option.

"Nintendo has created the Wii Motion Plus, which is an accessory that attaches to the Wii remote, which basically helps the Nintendo Wii detect the motion of the Wii remote controller," said Matt Ferretti of Consumer Reports.

Still, players need a remote to play Wii's games and a platform for activities like yoga.

Unfortunately, Consumer Reports says, Wii's graphics aren't great, but it costs about $100 less than the Sony PlayStation Move and the Kinect from Xbox 360. That makes the Wii a good choice for entry-level gamers.

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The Move and Kinect systems cost about $300, but Consumer Reports says they have more to offer.

For example, the PlayStation Move has great graphics, and players only need controllers -- no platform necessary.

Another plus -- the PlayStation system comes with a Blu-ray player, an Internet browser, and the ability to play some games in 3-D.

The new Kinect is unique because players don't need to hold anything.

"You stand in front of a camera and it basically picks up everything your body does," Ferretti said.

So when the player moves, an avatar will do the same thing on the screen. Even though a controller is not necessary, the Kinect does require a lot of space – ideally six feet from the TV set and plenty of elbow room for two players.

But if you've got the room, Consumer Reports says the Kinect is worth the money.


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  • grimreaper Dec 14, 2010

    The xbox device needs at least 6 feet. Anything less and it does not work so well. The detection area is basically cone shaped so if you are too close you will be in and out of the cone as you move your arms and legs and it simply will not work properly. However, with proper distance where all players are inside the cone...it blows the wii and ps3 Move away. No doubt about it.

  • canes017 Dec 14, 2010

    @ firefly, It's better than them both sitting on a couch pushing buttons on a controller. Try to see the good in things, Wii wasn't meant to reduce exercise time, it was made to increase the activity of couch potato time.

  • firefly5 Dec 14, 2010

    What an iconic, sad photo. Two young boys in their living room playing air tennis looking at a screen. Hands empty. No running, no feel of the ball making contact, no feeling of well-earned body-tired.

    How about packing them into the car with equipment and taking them to the Y or other courts so they can know what it's like to feel alive? That is, in their bodies, no just their brains ...