Which to buy: Microsoft Kinect or PlayStation Move?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010; 10:01 AM

Microsoft Kinect vs. PlayStation Move

This holiday season, it's all about the motion control. One is completely hands-free. Which one is better? Which one should go on a holiday wish list or deserves your hard-earned allowance money? Read on for the details.

Microsoft Kinect

What is it: Kinect has a camera that sits on your TV that can detect your face, position and track all your movements without a controller. Players can navigate menus and play games with hand gestures and their voice. It plugs into an Xbox 360.

Details: Kinect costs $150, and it comes with Kinect Adventures. If you don't have an Xbox, a Kinect and Xbox cost $299.

Games: There are 22 titles. Our favorites include Dance Central, Kinect Sports and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

The good: Totally hands-free. Easy to use. One Kinect can accommodate multiple players.

The bad: Requires a lot of space, and there is a slight lag in response time.

Bottom line: The system provides unique hands-free fun.

Sony PlayStation Move

What is it: The Move uses a video camera and a controller for interactive play.

Details: The Move comes in a $99 Sports Champion Bundle, which includes the camera, controller and a sports game.

Games: There are eight titles, most of them disappointing. The exception is EyePet: Your Virtual Pet.

The good: The tracking of the Move Motion Controller is spot on. Cheaper than Kinect.

The bad: You're still holding a controller.

Bottom line: Not much different from Wii.

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