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QOTD: PlayStation Move or Kinect for Xbox 360?

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It's been a busy week for gaming. Both Microsoft and Sony detailed their motion sensing solutions and with Kinect for Xbox 360 launching in November and PlayStation Move hitting this coming September, we're expecting a huge face off when the holidays hit.

Though they're aimed at the same demographic, Kinect and Move are quite different. While Move, similar to Nintendo's Wii, requires one or two controllers, Kinect tracks the player's body rather than a piece of hardware. This makes for quite a different experience because you don't have anything to physically hold but allows for a wider variety of movements that involve your entire body instead of just your arms and hands. That said, a lot of people don't like the idea of not having a controller in their hand and are even less enthusiastic about the idea of jumping up and down like a lunatic in their living room.

Microsoft's Kinect is priced at a simple $149 or $299 for an Xbox Arcade and Kinect. Sony's pricing is a little more complicated in that they've got a few different bundles and Move actually requires two pieces of equipment with an optional third piece for the full experience. There's a PlayStation Move Sports Champions bundle with the PlayStation Eye, a Move want and PlayStation Move Sports Champions, which costs $99.99 and the optional navigation controller (sort of like the nunchuck for the Wii) rings in at $29.99. A Move wand by itself is $49.99 and if you don't have a PS3 yet, you can pick up a bundle containing everything for $399.99.

Today's question of the day is: If you had to choose, Playstation Move or Kinect for Xbox 360?

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    lespy , June 16, 2010 9:33 PM
    is this even a competition? a goofy looking remote or completely hands free?

    i wonder which one will win?
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    mactruck , June 16, 2010 9:40 PM
    I don't plan on buying either, but I'd have to pick the Move. I have had a Wii for years and motion control seems to get in the way of most games rather than improving them. The only games I feel benefit from this tech are FPS games where you can point at the screen to aim. The much greater accuracy of the wand, plus the buttons, make Move more attractive. I cannot see myself ever playing a racing game with Kinect like they demoed at E3, and I have no interest in learning to dance like MJ. The Wii sports rip-offs and family shovelware will be equally boring on either console.

    I'm spending my money on games instead, or maybe a 3DS.
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    nbk_redspy , June 16, 2010 10:29 PM
    For exercise, dance and party games, I think that Kinect will be better. I pre-ordered a Kinect for those reasons. I like the accuracy of Move but I really have not seen enough to decide if I want to pay $80 per person (up to 4x) to have a "full" move set.

    But then I like jumping up and down like an idiot to try to get my rear off the sofa and get some exercise while enjoying a game :) 
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    joytech22 , June 16, 2010 9:31 PM
    Kinect, just more interaction being able to control the entire character with your body rather than just their arms..
    Plus the Move looks like a handheld lightbulb, not a controller.
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    lespy , June 16, 2010 9:33 PM
    is this even a competition? a goofy looking remote or completely hands free?

    i wonder which one will win?
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    thekitty , June 16, 2010 9:35 PM
    Kinect
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    alfaalex101 , June 16, 2010 9:37 PM
    @soldier37

    That wasn't an option. I'd say Move because I still don't think you can do an FPS well with Kinect.
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    mactruck , June 16, 2010 9:40 PM
    I don't plan on buying either, but I'd have to pick the Move. I have had a Wii for years and motion control seems to get in the way of most games rather than improving them. The only games I feel benefit from this tech are FPS games where you can point at the screen to aim. The much greater accuracy of the wand, plus the buttons, make Move more attractive. I cannot see myself ever playing a racing game with Kinect like they demoed at E3, and I have no interest in learning to dance like MJ. The Wii sports rip-offs and family shovelware will be equally boring on either console.

    I'm spending my money on games instead, or maybe a 3DS.
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    falchard , June 16, 2010 9:47 PM
    Definetly Definetly the Move. The move provides a controllable solution that can calculate velocity, position, and rotation. The Kinect is just too... limited in its application.
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    stm1185 , June 16, 2010 9:48 PM
    Both seems silly, but I might get Move with the playstation bundle since I dont have a ps3 yet.

    To be honest Id rather they have announced Mouse and Keyboard support for Xbox 360 with new MS sidewinder Laser Mice and Keyboards to go with it.

    FFS they sell mice and keyboards, make them work with your console already.
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    tokenz , June 16, 2010 9:49 PM
    Neither. Why wouldnt I just buy a Wii cheaper?
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    hoof_hearted , June 16, 2010 9:50 PM
    The novelty of the Wii has died off as far as I can see. I don't see many good games being developed in this realm. I know the powers that be at both MS and Sony must study the market. Don't they get that this interface is just a novelty and that real gamers want real games?
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    LATTEH , June 16, 2010 9:52 PM
    both look fun i would have to try both before i can pick
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    surfer1337dude , June 16, 2010 9:53 PM
    Move. Mainly because the game list for Kinect isnt very good. Personally there are some games I would like for the kinect (like The Fight Lights Out [boxing game] because having the full body would be better...although fromt he vids Move does a great job anyways). The only real downside to Move is that it will cost 160 for just the controllers plus a PS eye which is another 40... plus games. But I would much rather use Move for FPS games (over kinect), and Sony has made a pistol attactment (I would like to see a rifle though for games like Socom). But for sure it will be interesting to see what comes out for both ;) 
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    lupinesithlord , June 16, 2010 9:58 PM
    The Kinect seems to be a superior concept. As someone who has both systems I will get a kinect not sure on move...
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    Anonymous , June 16, 2010 10:10 PM
    Both have some way to go. But so far? Move. It's a piece of gaming tech, made for games. It seems far more versatile. Its lineup has the typical casual stuff, but also core stuff. And it can support voice, and things like headtracking, which are IMO the potentially coolest part of Kinect. GT5 is being demoed at E3 right now with head tracking on the ps eye, and it's great.

    Kinect sounds like cool technology, but I think it's being misapplied to games. Despite its advances it seems to have all the same fundamental limitations in terms of the type of game you can make with it, as Eyetoy had. There's just only so much you can do when you take away buttons and precision/speed. 30hz is too slow a refresh rate. The lag looks bad. Impressions suggest it's unreliable, and can feel loose and floaty/imprecise. Apparently it doesn't even work when the player is sitting in furniture. I think its limitations are already reflected in the lineup, which has the same few types of game showing up over and over again. It really seems like MS jumped head first into this without thinking ahead too much.
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    mab664 , June 16, 2010 10:11 PM
    Both technologys are targeting kids (like nintendo), pretty much a waste of money for me, and anyone over 5. Only thing im excited about is ESPN on and eventually Hulu on 360, and 3D gaming on PS3. But back to topic, MOVE is better than Kinect and i own a 360.
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    junkisd , June 16, 2010 10:15 PM
    I will get the kinnect for kinnect games. for the FPS games i will use the normal 360 controller. whats so hard about that idea? i don't want to even use the move controller to play fps.
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    silversurfernhs , June 16, 2010 10:23 PM
    i still think its a stupid name, and their pr of it has been crappy compared to the "kinekt" which is also slightly less stupid of a name...
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    koga73 , June 16, 2010 10:23 PM
    kinect doesnt have buttons... the move may be more accurate than the wiimote, but it looks fucking stupid with that ball on top of it. I would BUY an XBOX 360 IF they added in game support for keyboard/mouse!
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    Sorbert , June 16, 2010 10:24 PM
    I say Move since the games i saw with it just seem better at moment
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