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The war of video games developpers (Part 2)

Microsoft is the last game console developer to create a video game console, the Xbox. The goal was to be competitive against Nintendo and its Cube but mostly against Sony and its PS2.

After years of competitions, Microsoft tries to compete Sony and its PlayStation Move, with Kinect.

Kinect for Xbox 360, or simply Kinect was originally known by the code name Project Natal.

It’s a motion sensing input device by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 video game console.

It’s composed by:

– A webcam add-on peripheral for the Xbox 360 console, it allows users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without touching a game controller, but using gestures and spoken commands.

The main goal is increase the Xbox 360’s audience beyond its typical gamer base.

Kinect competes with the Wii Remote Plus and PlayStation Move with PlayStation Eye motion controllers.

Kinect was launched in North America on November 4, 2010, in Europe on November 10, 2010 and in Japan on November 20, 2010. Kinect can be purchased with either a 4 GB or 250 GB Xbox 360 console and Kinect Adventures.

Kinect was a real success for Microsoft; it sold an average of 133,333 units per day with a total of 8 million units in its first 60 days. And it enters in the GuinessWorld Record as the “fastest selling consumer electronics device”

Like its competitor PS Move, Kinect won an award: the 2011 MacRobert Award for engineering innovation.

The war of video games developpers (Part 1)

Last week, we saw the new Nintendo revolution with the Wii U. This week, we are going to linger on the two other video games tenors: Sony and Microsoft.

In a first part, I’ll be attached to show you, the new technologies created by Sony to conquer the video games market.

Sony tried at the end of 2010 to conquer this market with an all new way to play video games, it’s the beginning of Playstation Move.

The PlayStation Move is an add-on peripheral on PlayStation 3, which acts as a motion controller. It’s also named PS Move, and it’s distributed since the 15th of September 2010 in Europe, the 17th of September in North America and then the 21st of October in Japan.

Its first name was usually Playstation Motion Controller, when it was revealed. But its commercial name was announced as the Playstation Move during the Game Developers Conference the 11th of March 2010. Some rumors announced it as Gem or Arc

The system is composed by:
– The PlayStation Eye: a new camera, replacing the EyeToy, which  track the wand’s position,
– A handheld motion controller wand, including  inertial sensors in the wand to detect its motion,
– A supplementary PlayStation Move navigation controller,
– An optional PlayStation Move charging station.
Up to four Move controllers can be used at once (four Move motion controllers, or two Move motion controllers and two Move navigation controllers).
The PlayStation Move won the 2010 Popular Science Award for “Most immersive game controller”.
There are a large range of video games which allow to play with the PS Move, such as Kill zone 3, Sports Champions, and updates of Heavy Rain Move Edition, RUSE or Dead Space Extraction.
But Sony wants to conquer the entire Video games market, including the handled game console market, which was for a long long time under the control of Nintendo with the range of GameBoy.
We already knew the PSP, the first Sony handled game console, produces to stop the Nintendo DS. Now, we know the next generation of Sony handles game console, secretly names Next Generation Portable, but mostly known as the PlayStation Vita!
It was presented for the first time during the E3 Conference, one of the most important Video Games Salon. This new portable will be sold at the end of 2011, for Christmas time all around the world. It will be a revolution to play like in front of our TVs!
But now, it’s time to look on Microsoft’s side…

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