Six reasons why we think the Xbox Kinect is better than the PS3 Move

The motion sensing wars have well and truly begun with the international release of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Kinect last week. With Sony having released its Move controller a few weeks ago, we can say that the era of motion sensing gaming has well and truly begun. Ironically with Nintendo, the company that actually made motion sensing gaming mainstream with the Wii, seeming to be fading out. Well, we have managed to spend some time with both the Kinect and the Move, and although it is very early days, we must admit that the Kinect seems to be the superior. Here are the six reasons on which we base our claim:

  • Easier to set up. All right, there is going to be some battle over this, but right up front, we must concede that the Kinect is a whole lot easier to set up than the Move. You do not have to worry about charging up a controller, for one!
  • Hey, no controller. Yes, it is obvious but we still cannot help but keep repeating that it is easier to play games without a controller rather than hanging on to one while playing them.
  • More than one person can play on the same unit. Yep, the Kinect costs more than the PlayStation Move but if you want to play against a friend, you will have to make sure you have another Wand controller to spare or that your friend has one. No such problems with the Kinect, which is why we think it stands a better chance of succeeding in your living room!
  • Your entire body comes into play. Playing by basically moving your hands to playing with your entire body – not really a contest in our opinion. Again, this is likely to make the Kinect a bigger hit in living rooms.
  • Simpler interface. The utter absence of any buttons to press makes Kinect easier to use. On the other hand, you need to keep track of all the buttons on the Wand (and yes, there are a few) to ensure that you do everything right.
  • Much better social networking integration. We love the fact that you can make a video of yourself playing on the Kinect and send it to your social networks via Xbox Live and KinectShare. The Move really ain’t got anything similar to offer yet.

Of course, we would like to stress once again that these are VERY early days. Just which of the two systems comes out on top will depend on how stable they are and most importantly, the kind of titles that come to each (And since we are on the subject, we might as well confess that our current gaming fantasy is being able to play Assassin’s Creed on Kinect). Needless to say, we will be keeping our eyes very firmly on them, but as of now, we would say that it is round one to Microsoft in the motion sensing game battles!

16 comments

  • haha WTF are u talking about?? lol easier to set up? lol people if u want the true comparisons go and read IGN.coms reviews of both Kinect and Move. We all know IGN usually favours the 360 however in this case they favoured the Move easily. And on that note I will leave this useless site never to return lol oh and if this is moderated and doesnt make it onto the site then note to moderator: tell your editors to get a life lol

    • Agreed. And to rebut your point # 3: Kinect currently cannot track two individuals at the same time – only one at a time. Sorry.

  • lol it also makes you get changed if ur not wearing the right gear………………………….
    “hey billy ur m8 from newcastle is here”
    “hey sanjeev hows u?”
    “im good lets play kinect”
    “ok but u cant play…. u clash with the walls so the game thinks ur wearing camo….it cant tell ur here…and ur too fat to borrow my clothes…unlucky………porky”

  • Meh, Kinect and Move both have great possibilities, but really only Move is showing me a few games that I might be interested in trying out. I just don’t see Kinect as having as many applications to games we know now, and whatever future games are developer with MC in mind.

    Shooters are obviously out, RTS is out, Third Person Shooters are out. Kinect seems more geared towards games we’ve not yet seen, or casual/party games (something I’m not really interested in, but I do understand that some people are). Point is, as a person who caters to the more hardcore style games, Kinect simply has zero relevance to me at this time.

    Move, while it doesn’t have many in this area, it still has more viable application than Kinect, to the types of games I want to play. Plus, I don’t have the living room space to support Kinect either. 6ft for 1 person, 8-10ft for two…and that’s just the distance between you and the device. Doesn’t count the space you need in between the two people playing.

    Dunno, I’m definitely interested in the possibilities that Kinect offers, but right now, I’m simply more interested in Move.

  • Kinect is laggy and inaccurate compared to the Playstation Move.

    Kinect looks more like an eyetoy wannabee.

    I mean all this “Your body is the controller”…. marketingcrap….. Wasn’t that the point of the original Sony Eyetoy? Eye Play, Eye Sports, EyeToy Kinectic mini games and such controlled by just using a camera…

    But the Eyetoy makers discovered having buttons is also important!
    http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/11/03/eyetoy-innovation-and-beyond/

  • Move needs every as much space as Kinect you need to get your facts right, quoting the ultimate setup and the min requirments is a totally different thing.

    Try looking at the Move Q and A page it recomends EXACTLY the same distances as Kinect.

    And Mike posts that Kinect can only see one person !!!!! GOD these fanboys really haven’t got a clue.

    MS have announced
    “Five new exclusive core Kinect games coming from legendary Japanese creators”
    Google it as I don’t think I can put a link up on this site.

    Move has nothing to offer me I had the Wii and sold it I don’t want more of the same the only difference being that they have bolted on Move to some old PS3 titles.

    I am really intrested in Kinect it does more than just play games and te the main sort of games it can do best it does better than any other system. , I don’t want to use any kind of motion controller with FPS type games there really is no point but I will be intrested to see what the 5 core games from the legendary Japense devs play like.

  • I have Move and Kinect, except for I will be returning Kinect back to Wal-Mart. Why? because it sucks!

    # Easier to set up. All right, there is going to be some battle over this, but right up front, we must concede that the Kinect is a whole lot easier to set up than the Move. You do not have to worry about charging up a controller, for one!
    – Bull Crap, there were more steps setting up Kinect than Move. Both externally and via XBox interface. Plus if you have the older Xbox, you have to use an extra power outlet. Setting up Move is soooooo much easier. I also could go all over the XMB interface, not just a certain area, and it even works with Netflix. (The ball doesn’t have to be lit in order for it to work, except in games) With Kinect, you have to wave, to go to a certain area for it to work. There were just one game, Kinect Adventures, then only one demo Joy Ride a day later. The Move included a demo disc plus Sports Champions.

    # Hey, no controller. Yes, it is obvious but we still cannot help but keep repeating that it is easier to play games without a controller rather than hanging on to one while playing them.
    – Bull Crap Again. Maybe for a few games(very few) but buttons are easier than non buttons. Heck I couldn’t quit a game in Kinect.

    # More than one person can play on the same unit. Yep, the Kinect costs more than the PlayStation Move but if you want to play against a friend, you will have to make sure you have another Wand controller to spare or that your friend has one. No such problems with the Kinect, which is why we think it stands a better chance of succeeding in your living room!
    – You can share the controllers

    # Your entire body comes into play. Playing by basically moving your hands to playing with your entire body – not really a contest in our opinion. Again, this is likely to make the Kinect a bigger hit in living rooms.
    – Until you have to jump in a game and end up breaking something very valuable.

    # Simpler interface. The utter absence of any buttons to press makes Kinect easier to use. On the other hand, you need to keep track of all the buttons on the Wand (and yes, there are a few) to ensure that you do everything right.
    – Stop being such a big baby. China should be laughing because y’all are fussing over how buttons are such an inconvenience. Also saying commands like “Xbox – play” or waving at it, is downright ridiculous.

    There is in fact some integration between Move and facebook.

    The only complaint I have with Move is that there is not enough sports games out yet.

  • This has got to be the dumbest casual garbage article ever, and it’s clear that the author has tried neither Kinect NOR Move. The author thinks that he can just make quick judgments based on some things that he/she has simply heard or read.

    This is the reason why the casuals are scoffed and mocked so much. They are so dumb and clueless about technology.

  • @ Das:

    Sorry man, I’m going by the suggested specs for both from their manuals and confirmed with reviews alike. Move states suggested distance between you and Camera as 3 – 10 feet.

    Kinect states 1.8m (6 ft) for one person and 8 feet for two (not including the distance between the two of you). I probably have a good 3-5 feet of space in my living room so naturally Move is a more logical choice. Why spend $150 on something that everything you read tells you won’t work properly in your home?

    Common sense and Logic aside (as I know gamers rarely rely on either function), the _Games_ that are currently announced and in the pipeline or already launched for Move, are more appealing to ME than those of Kinect. This isn’t a slant, or a fanboy rave against Kinect, nor does it discount Kinect’s obvious potential for the future. What it does state, is that I see more titles coming on Move that I’m interested in. If you have a problem with that, I’m pretty sure that would make you, the Fanboy, so stop throwing around baseless accusations.

    As stated previously, I feel both peripherals have great promise for the future. Microsoft is currently marketing and supporting Kinect, for the entry level casual/party audience which is fine, in the future I’d want to see more games oriented towards my tastes before I’d even consider dropping that much money on it. And by the way, a controller-less Steel Battalion is not what I consider a logical or viable use for Kinect, so scrap that one.

  • author is a layman…a duffer…i m sure he neither possess kinect nor move.He just copied & paste facts from random sources.MOVE IS FAR FAR BETTER THAN KINECT…..plz dont do judgements just by reading someone else review or analysis…either be honest or experience yoursilf.

  • It’s good to see so many of you loyal to Sony. I admit that I love Sony too – 52″ LCD – Bravia, Speakers, Stereo/Receiver, Wifes DSLR, PS2, PSP, etc…But for gaming i made the decision to go with the Xbox over 2 years ago and I haven’t regretted it since. I picked up the Kinect last weekend from ToysRus and saved $40. I think I’m the perfect target market for Microsoft since I’m looking at this to bring my family hours of fun and get everyone off the couch and moving. My only regret is that i haven’t set it up since i bought it for my oldest daughters eleventh birthday this Friday. But we put in many hours of playing both the Move & Kinect at BestBuy kiosks. I agree with the author of this article but also understand that everyones entitled to their own opinions no matter how fanatic they truly are.

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