Popular Science Names PlayStation Move, OnLive and iPad 'Best of What's New' in 2010

By Xav de Matos, Nov 23, 2010 3:00pm PST In its annual "Best of What's New 2010" awards, Popular Science gave the nod to three game-related devices: Sony's PlayStation Move, the OnLive service, and Apple's iPad.

The PlayStation Move was named the "Most Immersive Game Controller" in the 100-product long guide for 2010, which is featured in the December issue of the Popular Science magazine. According to the guide, "Sony's Move is the first motion-capture game system accurate enough to attract the hardcore gamers who consider the Wii and Microsoft Kinect to be kids' stuff."

The OnLive streaming video game service was given the title of "Gaming for Everyone," noting that the only thing that stands between players and "graphics-heavy" gaming is an Internet connection. "No high-end rigs or pricey graphics cards are necessary: OnLive's servers do the work." Both Move and OnLive were listed in the home entertainment category.

Finally, Apple's iPad was named the "Top Tablet," taking top honors in the gadget category. "Apple made what everyone wanted: a sleek device with a gorgeous screen and a dead- simple interface that makes you want to sit back and play," the listing says. So, how did apple break the puzzle of making the "top tablet"? "Rather than shrink a computer, enlarge a phone." Just don't try holding it to your head in public.

Last year, Popular Science awarded Microsoft's Kinect--still "Project Natal" at the time--top honors in the home entertainment category.

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  • I agree with their logic. The PS3 Move can actually be used for a lot of traditional games, can get a lot of ports from Kinect (due to the webcam), can get a lot of ports from Wii, and can have its own unique games that combine the Wii control scheme AND webcam, too. It gives you force feedback along with superior motion control.

    It is the more practical of the two control schemes. Kinect is built for amazing people who play it a couple times. Eventually, when you get tired of doing jumping jacks in front of your TV and you realize you are a horrible dancer, you look around and realize you moved your coffee table and couch to make room for... a game that should have gotten 2's.

    And even if you DO like those 2-worthy games, PS3 Move'll have them, too.

    The BEST solution would be to combine the two. Improve the webcam on the PS3 Move to add TRUE skeletal mapping OR add hand controls to grant Kinect fine control and force feedback. Or do both. It's inevitable, anyway.

    Meanwhile, I suspect Nintendo will create a new console around wearing a headband and mind controlling your character into doing what you want. Coming 2013! The Nintendo Brainiac!