Gaming hardware and software are changing so rapidly that many people have a hard keeping up with anything but the biggest innovations. New technologies have made for smoother gaming experiences and improvements in graphic design have pushed video game characters closer and closer to looking real. This year though, it’s time for the public to take notice of gaming advancements thanks to two pieces of technology that made quite the splash at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Both the Microsoft Kinnect and the Nintendo 3DS were received quite favorably and stand to make an impressive impact on the consumer market thanks to their intuitive designs and impressive technological advancements,
The Microsoft Kinnect is the company’s response to the Nintendo Wii. This addition to the popular Xbox gaming system makes motion sensor technology a part of the gaming experience, only without the now clearly cumbersome remotes. This system has been very well received by not only consumers who love the integrated gaming system and smart motion sensing hardware but by industries all across the board that are eager to incorporate this seamless motion sensing technology into their own fields. The medical community is particularly excited about the potential to integrate this technology with both education and enhanced patient care.
Nintendo made its first appearance in 16 years at this year’s CES. It premiered its 3DS, a 3D version of its popular DS portable gaming system. This design is so seamless and fun to play it took the Best of CES Gaming Award this year. The audience and judges clearly responded to not only the 3D gaming and WiFi access port but also the 3D movie playback and the ability for the integration of Mii characters from your home Wii system. Nintendo’s first appearance at CES in close to two decades was clearly worth the wait.