Prices, dates and key games for the 3DS, Move and Kinect
Thursday 30 September 2010
Nintendo recently detailed pricing and release dates for their upcoming 3DS - a handheld console with a no-glasses 3D screen. Microsoft and Sony have also been busy launching controller accessories for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. So how do they stack up?
While Sony spent their FIFA World Cup advertising campaign pushing 3DTV, Nintendo were proud to unveil their own portable take on the technology - a successor to the 100-million selling Nintendo DS which sports a 3D screen, without requiring viewers to wear special 3D glasses.
Users will be able to create and swap Miis on the 3DS, just as on the Wii, and the strength of the screen's 3D effect can be increased and decreased thanks to a slider on the side of the casing.
Back in the living room Sony and Microsoft are both bringing out motion controllers in an effort to mimic the astonishing mainstream success of the Nintendo Wii and its intuitive Wiimotes - the difference being that both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are much more powerful than the Wii.
The PlayStation Move controllers are like super-accurate versions of the Wii's Wiimote controls, while the Xbox 360 Kinect takes a technological leap with a hands-free camera control system.
Portable successor to the best-selling Nintendo DS
Official website: http://e3.nintendo.com/3ds
Launch dates: Japan, February 26. March 2011 in North America and European regions.
Launch price: ¥25,000 ($299/€220). Up to 20% less in NA and EU regions.
Key titles: Nintendogs + Cats, Metal Gear Solid 3DS, Animal Crossing, Kid Icarus, Resident Evil: Revelations, Mario Kart, Street Fighter IV, Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle.
Motion control wands for PlayStation 3
Official website: http://www.movemadeabsurdlyeasy.com
Players: Up to four
Launch dates: Europe, September 15. North America, September 17. Japan, October 21.
Launch price: Move controller, $29/€49. PlayStation Eye camera, $39/€29. Move + Eye + game pack, $99/€69. With PlayStation 3 console, $399/€349.
Key titles: Sports Champions, Start The Party, EyePet Move Edition, SingStar Dance, EA Sports Active 2, Heavy Rain Move Edition, Hustle Kings (pool & billiards), John Daly's ProStroke Golf.
Hands-free motion control camera for Xbox 360
Official website: http://www.xbox.com/kinect
Players: Two with full body tracking, up to six with partial tracking.
Launch dates: North America, November 4. Europe, November 10. Japan, November 20.
Launch prices: $149/€149 with a game. $299/€299 with a basic Xbox 360. $399/€349 with an Xbox 360 and 320GB of internal storage for music, video, and game data.
Key titles: Kinect Sports, Kinect Adventures, Kinectimals, Kinect JoyRide, Dance Central, EA Sports Active 2, DanceMasters aka DanceEvolution, Brunswick Pro Bowling.
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