The Price of Motion

E3 is bound to have most of you looking out for news of the next big thing, the truth is however, that the Big Two control what you get to see, so this year the big thing is.. "Motion sensors". Yes, when a Kyoto based company says it is, they are wrong but when Tokyo, or Redmond say it is so... well it has to be so.

Rant aside, the Big Two in console gaming have finally got their budgets together and both are unveiling their big motion gaming projects. By now you are probably familiar with how celebrities are able to use these wonderful new tools but what does that mean to you?

The first indications are that MS is really counting on Kinect and believes so much in it, that it is willing to risk going over the speculated ceiling price of $99.00 and will ask gamers to part with $149.99 for it. The motion sensing camera will also be bundled with consoles and if the pricing structure we have been hearing about sticks, the Xbox 360 Arcade console with the "motion" gear will be a mere $299.00. The price for the Kinect kit on its own still seems lower than what Europe will be asked to pay for it, if the Swedish "Game" store (and a couple of others) early listings are any indication ($190.00).

SONY on the other hand has learned to deal with the "expensive" tag and has created an entire school of marketing in its attempts to overcome it. The "Move" gear will come in three offerings (more complicated as the "Eye" is involved), one of which will be a budget offering, bundling the "Eye", the "Move" controller(s) and a game for less than $100.00. So even if the price turns out to be $99.99, it is still a relief to those who had found that getting to see the "SONY" tag on a product had become something of a voyeuristic pastime.

As far as games are concerned, Microsoft is hinting that it does have a "hardcore" gamer title to accompany Kinect; what will be even more useful is if they commit to dates for further "hardcore" titles for the platform as one game will clearly last as long as most hardcore gamers will, trying to play it.

SONY, with a more mature "Move" strategy, has already announced SOCOM 3 and has demoed Move Party and Sports Champions but more importantly, has released an impressive list of 3rd party developers supporting the new platform.

What we need now is some solid dates and titles during E3.

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Kinfected

You guys are buying into the advertising Msoft slapped into every major website.

Easily brainwashed, you should be ashamed of yourself for liking that outdated crap graphics, dvd only piece of junk called xbox360.

You cant game properly with out some sort of device in your hand, unless you just want workout and dance games.

knowing how crappy the wii is

knowing how crappy the wii is for hardcore games, even if a company made a good one, the controls kill it. and seeing has how sonys remote is... well almost freaking identical to the wii's I can't see it being that much better.... Kinect might be better but I feel it'll likely still be awkward

they are for different game

they are for different game types, kinect is good for games that doesnt require you to "hold" onto things. games like boxing, dancing games

move is good for games that you need to "hold things" . with the “shooting attachment" and others for the future, it will be more fun than kinect for these game types.

" and will work with 3d games

" and will work with 3d games " nice pointless comment there considering last time I checked Kinect works just fine with 3d... also have you seen sony's remote (and no I'm not saying kinect will be any better at all I have my doubts about that) but sony's controller looks much like the wii's.. you try playing any shooter games with that. its pointless the controls are uncomfortable, and pathetic at best. you can't reach half of the buttons easily, and aiming just feels awkward with a bounding box

oh it sure will, Kinect is

oh it sure will, Kinect is alot more advanced , costs more to make , n will have to be sold at a higher price. that being said, Move is going to have more hardcore appeal, with support for KZ 3. and will work with 3d games

lol, hardcore gamers its

lol, hardcore gamers its first year, lol. yah. We will still be 5 years or so out before motion sensor and 3d will hit hardcore and be enjoyable as the movie gamer in sorts. Maybe 10 years but technology is moving so fast, who knows. At least its progressing so there is nothing to bitch about

lol, hardcore gamers its

lol, hardcore gamers its first year, lol. yah. We will still be 5 years or so out before motion sensor and 3d will hit hardcore and be enjoyable as the movie gamer in sorts. Maybe 10 years but technology is moving so fast, who knows. At least its progressing so there is nothing to bitch about

Never played 'Heroes of might

Never played 'Heroes of might and magic' ?
He says hardcore games referring to actual games rather than that sported by Nintendo Wii and now Microsoft.
I was expecting alot more from the 360 but the graphics are pretty much identical to the Wii!.

The 360 will be better at handling multimedia other than games, as in flicking through films, only thing I can see its good at.

Worst thing about the Kinetic, proper games cant be played on it.
Racing games, the two demo'd at E3 had no accelerator or break, u just turn the wheel. Same with all of its games, any game that involves movement across more than one scene will need a rail system. Which was shown in the Star Wars trailer.

Basically, they've gone back to Arcade machines, ok House of The Dead games were good but multiplayer FPS won't change on the 360 with Kinect.
At least with PS3's Move they're going with a tried and tested product but improving on its use-ability and you get to keep the glorious graphics of the PS3, linked with 3D, a free PSNetwork (for now) and Blu-Ray :).

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