This Xbox accessory contains a sensor that scans 20 points on your body, letting you control games simply by moving. The movements were easy to master, and we had a blast playing boxing and river rafting, though the games were a bit simplistic.
A cool upgrade for hard-core gamers, the D-Pad has four separate directional buttons instead of the connected axis on standard Xbox controllers. As a result, we threw punches in Street Fighter IV and switched weapons more easily in Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Rock Band, available for a variety of consoles, has unveiled its first keyboard, which has 25 velocity-sensitive keys and a two-octave design. You can press color-coded keys or play it like a real instrument.
cost: $60 for the game; $80 for the keyboard
This starter kit includes a motion controller (pictured), a camera that tracks its movement, and a sports game. The controller was highly accurate during heated sword fights and Ping-Pong matches, but the games are as basic as the Kinect's.
-- John Brandon