Home fitness games and game consoles are becoming a popular way for people to look after their fitness. There is a choice of 3 main consoles. The question that has to be considered when first getting into this form of fitness training is to determine the best one to achieve one’s personal fitness goals. As with any of these types of choices it will depend to a certain extent on what the individual is looking to achieve and their level of fitness.
The three main consoles each have their own different motion sensor program for exercise and fitness gaming. The Wii console has the motion sensor is part of the normal set up for all different types of gaming. The Xbox and Playstation have add-ons to enable the motion sensing. The Xbox 360 has the Xbox Kinect and the PlayStation 3 has the Playstation Move add-on.
Each console has different ways of working. Despite this, they have many of the same fitness game titles. This means that it is possible to chose the best console for fitness gaming by looking at how the detect motion and how well the best fitness games work on each one.
The Nintendo Wii was the first motion detection sensor gaming console on the market. It works with a wireless remote controller which works in 3 dimensions to sense motion. By using Bluetooth technology a sensor unit above or below the TV screen records movements. The remote also includes an accelorometer which also helps in detecting movement.
The standard Wii set up does have the functionality for fitness games. But, it is through the Wii Balance Board that this console makes it name for exercise games. The Balance Board comes with the Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus titles and looks like a weigh scale. It works to measure the center of balance and weight. It combines seamlessly with the Wii remote for a great gaming experience and can be used in many different games.
The Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus sales are over 40 million so they are very popular games in fitness games market. You can combine stretching exercises, yoga and simple cardio exercises to make a great way to start a home fitness program. The Wii and Balance Board can monitor your weight and progress which help to keep you on track toward your fitness goals.
The PlayStation 3 Move
Considered by many to be a copy of Wii, this is a little unfair as research into the Playstation Move began in 2001. It does work in a similar way to the Wii -as both of them use a motion controller that the players operate in their hand.
The Move controller is a bit more advanced than the Wii remote controller. It uses a sensor to track the movement of the remote. The remote contains an orb that the sensor tracks that tells it velocity and distance at any time. And also included in the remote are internal sensors and accelerometer to detect movement. Although it is similar to the Wii in this respect, it much more accurate in its readings of movement and thereby allows for a lot more precision in the gameplay and feedback.
As you don’t use a Balance Board with this console it is for a different type of exercisers than the Wii. It uses two controllers in many of its exercise games. The EA Sports Active 2, that was originally released as Wii game, and adapted for Playstation 3 is one of the top selling fitness games. Due to the similarity of the controllers it works well on this game platform. The exercises are more energetic and animated and are more appropriate for the typical PlayStation 3 owner. However, the Playstation Move only tracks the movement of the controllers it is possible to fool the game into recording that you are doing more than you really are. Having said that, if you do want to get a real workout with the game you can get it as long as you are not trying to trick it.
The Xbox 360 Kinect
The Xbox Kinect works in a different way to the Wii and PlayStation 3 Move. It doesn’t use a controller to track movement. It tracks actual body movements instead. This is why it uses the line “You are the controller” in the tag line of the game. You don’t need to use a controller to use the games.
When using the Wii and PS3 Move the tracking of movements is limited to what can be sensed by tracking the movement of the controllers and through the board. Whereas the Kinect can record and analyse all body movements and this allows more wide-ranging workouts.
The game Your Shape Fitness 2012 is probably the best fitness game available for the Kinect. It does give you a wide range of different exercises and results in more intense workouts. It records and analyzes all the movements of the body and not just the movements of the motion controller as you get with other game consoles. You can only score points when you are fully committed to the workout because it will pick up when parts of the exercise are not completed properly. You can find with the Wii and PS3 Move when exercises involve movement of both arms and legs it will pick up the movement of one of them.
Which Games Console Is Best To Buy for Fitness?
There are a number of things to think about when looking at which console to get for fitness training. The first thing to consider is whether they are going to use the console for other types of games. If, the idea is to play other games then you need to also look at your favorite games and type of games you want to play. But, if you are looking at it from the view of fitness outlook it is a bit easier to choose.
The style of fitness games available with Wii provide you with moderate to gentle exercise. If you are looking to start getting more active with a gentle introduction to exercise then the Wii makes a good choice. However, if you are looking for more intense workouts and training routines than one of the other 2 consoles is a better choice.
For those that want to take their exercise more seriously then the Kinect is the one to get. It can keep exercisers on the straight and narrow as it points out where they are making mistakes in their training. The Kinect will let you know if your posture is wrong or you aren’t performing the exercise correctly. Serious exercisers can get a very good and intense workout with this console.
Unfortunately, the Kinect is not suitable for everyone who wants a more intense workout. You need to have the right amount of room when using the Kinect, and if you don’t you will need to consider the PS3 move. It isn’t as good as the Kinect but you can still get a reasonably good workout with it. And you are buying the most popular all round gaming console.