From advanced 3-D to advanced virtual reality, the latest generation of videogames is poised to redefine entertainment. VIEW OUR GALLERY of the best, craziest, and most far-out products at this week’s E3 Expo.
Damian Dovarganes / AP Photo,Damian Dovarganes 1. Nintendo 3DS
The Nintendo 3DS release was expected, but that hasn’t put a damper on the excitement for the new console, which touts three-dimensional, portable gaming without the need for special glasses. The 3DS includes developments in graphics and enhanced effects and can interact with nearby consoles even when the machine is off. It also has two front-facing cameras that can snap 3-D pictures. An added bonus: A new Zelda game will be available on the 3DS, as the much-adored hero Link returns with Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
Phil McCarten / Reuters,© Phil McCarten / Reuters 4. Sony’s PlayStation Move
With the new Move controller, navigation wand, and PlayStation Eye camera, the PlayStation Move is Sony’s way of delivering interactive videogames. The Move controller is topped by an orb that lights up in different hues based on its distance to the camera and position, and includes an accelerometer and gyroscope, which means more precise reactions to players’ movements. In a
, users can target specific body parts of an opponent’s body by throwing angled shots in real life.
8. Casio’s Green Slim projector
Casio announced a new projector that promises to make virtual reality much larger. The Green Slim projector uses a hybrid light source that is mercury-free and lasts up to 20,000 hours without changing the lamp. It has a projection size of at least 100 inches and is compatible with all game consoles, though an adapter may be necessary.
10. Microsoft Kinect
Slowly but surely, the line between gaming and real life is getting thinner. Microsoft takes another step with Kinect, an XBOX add-on that makes the console completely controller-free, in a bit of one-upsmanship with the Nintendo Wii. The market will determine whether the Kinect model will dictate the future of consoles, but the novelty is clear. Family and fitness titles will dominate Kinect when it is released Nov. 4 in North America, and a Star Wars game will be added in 2011.
12. SplitFish Evolution Motion Controller
To the rescue of left-handed gamers, SplitFish announced a new PlayStation 3 controller at E3 that can be tailored to accommodate right-handed and left-handed users. According to SplitFish, the Evolution Motion Controller allows better control and operation because of the six-axis motion control and adjustable motion sensitivity. The controller also has programmable motion triggers and “wrist-flick” button triggering.