Motion-based gaming: Testing the best

FRESNO, Calif.

Motion-based video games are hot. They detect your movements, letting you be part of the action.

Ethan and Jack are using a Wii gaming console. Wii was the first to get into motion-based gaming.

Consumer Reports just checked out the updated, enhanced controller option. "Nintendo has created the Wii Motion Plus, which is an accessory that attaches to the Wii remote, which basically helps the Nintendo Wii detect the motion of the Wii remote controller," said Matt Ferretti.

But you still need a remote to play Wii's games and a platform for activities like yoga. Unfortunately, Consumer Reports says, Wii's graphics aren't great. But it costs about a hundred dollars less than the Sony Playstation's Move and the Kinect from Xbox 360, making the Wii a good choice for entry-level gamers.

The Move and Kinect will run you about 300 bucks, but Consumer Reports says they have more to offer. Testers note that the Playstation Move has great graphics, and you only need controllers - no platform necessary.

A plus - the Playstation system comes with a Blu-Ray player, an internet browser, and the ability to play some games in 3D. The new Kinect is unique because you don't need to hold anything while you're playing.

Ferretti said, "You stand in front of a camera and it basically picks up everything your body does."

So whatever moves you make, your avatar will do the same thing on the screen. That's why you don't need a controller.

What you will need, though, is a lot of space - ideally six feet from the TV set, and plenty of elbow room for two players. But if you've got the room, Consumer Reports says the Kinect is worth the money.

All three motion-based gaming systems come bundled with at least one game. Additional games will run you about 50 dollars each.

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