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Microsoft Kinect is an 'interactive method' accessory for the Xbox 360.

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Pros

Great for kids

15 agree

Voice recognition

11 agree

Innovative new control paradigm expands the possibilities of gaming, entertainment, communication

9 agree

No need for a controller; YOU are the controller

8 agree

is the next step to virtual gaming

8 agree

tracking works in all lighting conditions (actually improves the darker the room is)

6 agree

15 supported games at launch

5 agree

motorized stand for automatic calibration

5 agree

Fantastic fun at parties

5 agree

capable of working with all versions of the 360 - separate power and USB data connections for older ones, dedicated port for newer versions

5 agree

a healthier alternative to original gaming styles / controls - improves upon the Wiimote by involving the whole body

5 agree

Brings family friendly gaming to the Xbox 360 - which sorely needed it

4 agree

Kinect ID lets you sign into your profile ridiculously easily, and it's really cool to boot

4 agree

Best way to play dance and fitness games

4 agree

No more lost remotes, battle for the remote when viewing TV, movie content

3 agree

Many possibilties for accessories: clothing, guns, wheels, boards, swords, etc.

3 agree

Comes with a pack-in game

3 agree

Well priced when bundled with the console

3 agree

To join the game, just walk in front of the screen. It just works

3 agree

Does not need "calibration"...it just works!

2 agree
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

Sometimes the abstraction of a controller is useful and can't be duplicated with motion sensor

6 agree

The focus on lowering the barrier of entry to the casual user, may take away from the hardcore gamer's experience

4 agree

Voice recognition might not be available in all languages initially

4 agree

requires you to be 6 to 8 feet in front of your TV - an awkward requirement for the majority of TV-room layouts

4 agree

Quite expensive as a standalone add-one

3 agree

might not have alot of games when its released to the public.

3 agree

like the Wii many of the launch titles are shallow and gimmicky

3 agree

No one can walk in front of you while playing; something people do ALL the TIME!

2 agree

Vaporware

2 agree

Using Kinect to control the Xbox 360 isn't universal, only happens in a specific "Kinect Hub" which is a small subset of functions

2 agree

most interaction is one person at a time - extremely restrictive, takes some of the fun out of collaborative play

2 agree

glossy black plastic - looks cheap and is highly susceptible to dust and fingerprints

2 agree

Very low-res photos of in-game action

2 agree

comes with a draconian privacy policy

1 agrees

Games from demo's seem childish

1 agrees

looks a lot like playstations old eye toy, which was bad

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Edit

 

Microsoft Kinect is an 'interactive method' accessory for the Xbox 360. The device sits close to your television, similar to the Wii sensor bar, and includes both a regular and infrared cameras. This lets the device perform functions such as image recognition through the regular camera, and motion tracking through the IR sensors. Microsoft is touting Natal as a breakthrough in control schemes one-upping Nintendo's Wii-mote as your body is the controller. The Natal also contains a microphone that allows the software to be enhanced with voice recognition technology.

Demo'd during the 2009 E3 conference very little actual footage was shown of the device in real world situations, other than a brief manufactured promotional video and a small sample of prototype applications. From the conference Microsoft is making it clear that the Natal is targeted towards the casual expanded audience that Nintendo has captured with the Wii. Speculations on release date and price point are rampant, but nothing has been confirmed or even indicated.

Features
  • image capture through camera
  • 3D depth perception using IR sensor
  • voice recognition through built-in microphone
  • facial capture
  • track multiple people simultaneously
  • compatible with all Xbox 360s
Post Review
Omar
04/14/2011 12:26

Nice! The update to the Netflix app on the #microsoft_xbox_360 just got released that allows for #microsoft_kinect motion navigation! Unfortunately early reports say that the navigation is pretty limited to a "smart recommendation/instant queue hub" Meaning you can't navigate around the entire Netflix interface and search and all of that using Kinect. You can also control movie playback with Kinect which includes voice control.

Omar
01/06/2011 02:11

In Microsoft's CES keynote last night they had some pretty sweet announcements, though the ones that were most relevant to me are:
* 8 million Kinect devices shipped
* Netflix and Hulu Plus coming AND Kinect enabled

Being able to use #microsoft_kinect to navigate the extensive Netflex and Hulu Plus libraries is going to be sweet! What would be even more sweet is if Hulu Plus starts including all the content found in Hulu. It's crazy that it doesn't.

Oh, and just to put the 8 million shipped in 2 months into perspective.. it's more than the iPad shipped in almost 6 months. Kinect is a HUGE success, which is great for people like me that own one, since it means there's going to be quite a bit more software released for it.

Amanie

Amanie

01/07/2011 11:53

Yay Kinect! Now if only Netflix and Hulu would come to Canada...

Omar

Omar

01/07/2011 02:15

Netflix is already in Canada... it's just that the selection is pretty horrible.

Erik

Erik

01/07/2011 03:43

I wouldn't call "Death to Smoochy" horrible.

Shadowtech

Shadowtech

01/07/2011 07:51

Not to mention it lacks essential functionality like the Instant Queue.

Omar
12/14/2010 02:22

Not sure how many people are familiar with the whole Kinect Hacks thing, but it's starting to get seriously cool. Essentially people are connecting #microsoft_kinect to their computers and coming up with cool programs/applications.

Here's a piano


http://kinecthacks.net is the best site I've seen for seeing new "hacks" as they appear.

Erik

Erik

12/14/2010 03:17

Impressive from a technology/potential perspective, however, musically leaves much to be desired. They need to polish this up quite a bit to be truly impressive.

Omar
12/10/2010 12:26

November 2010 NPD results are in (http://bit.ly/hxmV8F). Looks like #microsoft_xbox_360 is the big winner. Most likely boosted by #microsoft_kinect and #call_of_duty_black_ops it sold 1.37 million units which is the biggest November its ever had. Considering we're in the 5th year of the 360's life, that's pretty darn impressive.

#nintendo_wii did really well too, coming in at 1.27 million units. This bucks the trend that the Wii has been suffering from up until now where it was seeing massive year over year declines. If the Wii sees another big bump in december like in 2009, then it'll actually do really well for the year.

#sony_playstation_3_slim selling 530,000 is pretty sad. Particularly when #gran_turismo_5 comes out in the same month. Not sure what Sony can do at this point... focusing on Europe is probably the best strategy since the US is pretty much hopeless at this point.

And holy crap wow at Call of Duty!! In one month it has become the 7th best selling game of all time. That's crazy. I wonder if next year's installment will sell even more - it seems crazy that it can. But at the same time it seemed crazy that Black Ops would sell more than Modern Warfare 2, so who knows!

Omar
12/01/2010 04:01

Wow! In Canada for TD Canada Trust credit card holders they're holding a sale on December 3rd for the #microsoft_xbox_360 #microsoft_kinect 4GB bundle. It's usually $300, and they're selling it for $150, which is the same price as Kinect on its own! It's like getting a 360 for free.

here are the details
http://forums.redflagdeals.com/td-rewards-mall-xbox-360-4gb-kinect-bundle-149-99-dec-03-super-hot-deal-957816/

Erik

Erik

12/01/2010 04:13

It seems that you aren't guaranteed the deal, but you get a chance to "win the right to purchase" the Xbox. Odds of winning are unknown and depend on the number of entries.

Omar

Omar

12/01/2010 04:14

Yup. I actually like this system, since with a mega-hot deal like this the store's servers usually crash and it's essentially a lottery anyway. At least this way you don't have to sit in front of your computer pressing F5 for 10 minutes.

Erik

Erik

12/02/2010 01:37

True. I'm going to give it a shot (or two). I'll let you know how it goes.

Erik

Erik

12/03/2010 10:42

Giving it a shot now...

Erik

Erik

12/03/2010 11:15

Can't get in. They won't send me the required confirmation email. Odds are very low

Amanie
12/01/2010 10:23

I played this with my 60 year-old dad yesterday and he loved it! We only played Kinect Adventures so the game was pretty lame but it was awesome to see him jumping and stepping with the game. I didn't think it was possible but I think I've become a kinect fanboy(girl).

Omar
11/29/2010 05:09
http://majornelson.com/archive/2010/11/29/kinect-sells-2-5-million-in-first-25-days.aspx

Wow! 2.5 million #microsoft_kinect devices sold in under a month. That is pretty damn big! I can see MS easily hitting their 5 million target by the end of this year.

To put things into perspective, their initial forecast was 3 million for the year. They hit that in 1 month, and December is a much bigger month than November.
Erik

Erik

11/29/2010 09:16

What were the launch numbers for the Wii back in the day? Either way, this is impressive.

Omar

Omar

11/29/2010 09:25

According to VGChartz data (which some don't trust) the Wii's initial launch was from November 19th to December 30th is just under 3 million units. http://bit.ly/fb0PZL

The #nintendo_wii saw a ridiculous increase in sales though in its second year of life. So we'll see if Kinect will be able to resonate with the mainstream like that and grow through word of mouth + smart marketing.

Amanie
11/25/2010 11:43

This is by far the best game for the #microsoft_kinect
It's so much fun to play (and laugh) at everybody's dancing skillz.

Erik

Erik

11/25/2010 04:40

Agreed. It is amazingly fun. It's good enough to buy a Kinect for this game alone.

Amanie
11/25/2010 11:42

I just played this for the first time last night and had a blast! It is super fun (and I'm not a gamer AT ALL). I totally recommend it for people who just want a fun activity to do.

Omar

Omar

11/25/2010 11:45

The big question is, will you still be having fun with it 6 months from now?

I'm really hoping that Microsoft is smart and lets people really explore different uses and turns the Xbox 360 into the iPhone of the TV world. Let people make different apps using Kinect and you'd have some really amazing things coming about.

Also, they better expand the use of Kinect for controlling the dashboard. Using Kinect with Netflix will be amazing.

For now, it's going to be the party game machine (successor to the Wii in that regard) which is fine.

Omar

Omar

11/25/2010 11:45

Oh, and glad to know that you like it :)

ScottP

ScottP

11/25/2010 12:36

I'm thinking about getting it purely for the #ea_sports_active_2

This has to be a little more fun than "Insanity" or P90X. If this game makes working out just a tiny bit more fun I feel like it would give me more incentive to do it. Yes I realize how lazy that sounds.

Omar

Omar

11/25/2010 01:01

I actually own #your_shape_fitness_evolved haven't spent too much time with it, but from what I hear EA Sports Active is for more intense activities while Your Shape is a bit more on toning.

What I experienced though with Your Shape is very encouraging. Having the trainer, and seeing your movements in "3D" adds to the experience. Combine that with the tracking systems and constant encouragement/feedback and I found it all had a very positive effect on my workout. I felt more enthused and hyped up for my workout, so I think it actually works.

Amanie

Amanie

11/25/2010 01:19

So were you, like, actually sweating during your workout? In other words, did it feel like an actual workout, as if you had gone to a gym and taken a class or something?

Omar

Omar

11/25/2010 02:44

I was actually sweating. And this was just in the fit test session, not even the set routine. Looking at the selection of routines it looks like there are some seriously intense options available. I've done P90X and Insanity at home, so I know how intense programs can be by just doing squats, push-ups, etc.

Omar
11/23/2010 03:17

Deal alert! until November 25th, Futureshop has the #microsoft_xbox_360 holiday bundle on sale for $250 and it even comes with 2 extra games! This is actually a really really good deal. This special is not only $50 cheaper than the standard 250GB bundle, but also comes with 4 games!

Though most stores are now carrying the "holiday bundle" which includes 2 games - but this is still a great deal over the regular holiday bundle. If you were in the market for the 250GB #microsoft_kinect bundle it makes a lot more to buy this bundle and then pickup the standalone Kinect unit for $150. Reason being is that the overall price is the same $400 - except with this setup you get 4 extra games, and you get the external power supply with Kinect which costs $30 on its own.

The Kinect power supply is good for taking the Kinect sensor to friends and family's houses that don't have the Xbox 360 slim.

Omar

Omar

11/23/2010 05:26

bump :)

Anonymous

Anonymous

11/23/2010 10:40

Good point about the power supply. I was thinking about upgrading my xbox and getting a kinect bundle, but instead I think I'll go for the standalone.

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