Motion-controlled Virtua Tennis 4 adds Kinect, Wii to docket

How's this for a complete 180? A motion-controlled game that was first announced for the PS3 is now getting Wii support too. And Xbox 360's Kinect is getting in on the action too, as Sega turns Virtua Tennis 4 into a complete multi-platform product.

Assumedly designed on the PS3 as the lead platform, the new Virtua Tennis title has full support for PlayStation Move, and it's completely rendered in 3D for anyone who actually cares about that. Sega first announced it as a PS3 title with no mention of other platforms.

But just like most other third-party publishers, Sega sees Kinect, Move, and Wii as three marginally different versions of the same technology.

In addition to an offline World Tour mode that lets you live out your fantasy of being Roger Federer at all of the globe's great tennis stadiums, there's also the obligatory online mode. In other words, it's a Virtua Tennis game. What's new is the motion controls across all three consoles.

Among all of the marketing speak about how "only Kinect can do this" and "it's only possible with PlayStation Move," it's always nice to see impartial companies give the true story.

So whether you have a Wii Remote, a black wand with a color-changing orb, or a $150 camera and a big living room, you'll be able to bring out your inner Rafael Nadal when Virtua Tennis 4 when it's released this spring.

Jan 21, 2010


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