Xbox creator Microsoft has got one up on bitter gaming rival Sony as the controller free Xbox Kinect is crowned the Gaming Gadget of the Year at this year’s T3 Gadget Award
Microsoft has dealt Sony a massive blow in the battle of the gaming greats with its controller free motion gaming peripheral Kinect beating the PlayStation Move add-on to the title of Gaming Gadget of the Year at the 2011 T3 Gadget Awards.
Launching shortly after last year’s T3 Gadget Awards in order to capitalise on the pre-Christmas shopping rush Microsoft Xbox Kinect quickly became a consumer favourite breaking records as the fastest selling gaming accessory ever.
Appealing to core and casual gamers alike, Kinect allows gamers to become the controller with limbs and body movements being transformed into gesture based controls used to manipulate onscreen content.
Removing the restrictions imposed by the controller-based Move and the gimmicky, carton-esque content of the Wii, Kinect’s inbuilt camera and proximity sensor can pick out multiple gamers at once allowing for multiplayer motion gaming, and a perfect party accessory.
More than a mere gaming add-on Kinect allows users to control their console and its many features without pressing a single button using gestations and voice recognition commands to play, pause, skip and eject content from the device.
Describing the award winning gaming gadget, Emma Barnett, Media Editor at the Telegraph and T3 Gadget Awards judge said: “Kinect: it’s the first time I’ve ever played something where I felt that I was as involved as I could be.”
Was Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect your gaming gadget of the year or did you cast your vote for one of the other finalists? Let us know via the comments box below, and head over to our T3 Gadget Awards feature for a rundown of this year's winners...