People have been going crazy trying to get a hold of the latest Sony PS4 and the Microsoft Xbox One in time for the holidays. The PS4 launched a week earlier than the Xbox One and both companies have already announced sales over 2 million units each shortly after their launches. I am sure it will continue to be a crazed race between both of these.
What has always fascinated me is the Kinect sensor. It beats the PS camera in my opinion. Both can listen for voice commands. The Kinect uses facial recognition to sign users in, offers wider control of the system and is more accurate. The PS4 camera allows users to stream games live on Twitch and will zoom in on your face to show your reactions during gameplay. Neither of them is perfect but they have both come a long way.
The new Kinect 2 sensor for the Xbox One is even more accurate than the original, in fact 10 times more accurate. It sports a high definition camera and infrared sensor which can now capture even the smallest of body movements in any light condition right down to your fingertips. They have implemented algorithms to interpret all of the data the Kinect 2 acquires to map your muscular and skeletal movements, it estimates your heart rate, and attempts to track your emotions!
The Kinect 2 comes with the Xbox One which accounts for the higher price while the PS4 Camera is a $60 add-on that must be purchased.
It is super interesting to see all of the Kinect hacks that people have done with the sensors.