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Submitted by Gekko 1231d ago | opinion piece

Five ways Kinect 2 must improve on the original

The almost universal critical panning of Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor was a nail in the coffin for new Kinect experiences. Microsoft's magic eyeball of potential has more or less been boiled down to a Dance Central peripheral. Yes, there are a few gems like Child of Eden and The Gunstringer, but Harmonix seems to be the only developer (including Microsoft) who has crafted a truly lasting classic using the Kinect. If there is any hope for controller-free gaming beyond dancing games, it's going to take a lot of improvements. Here are five ways the Kinect 2 will have to improve on the original. (Dev, Kinect, Microsoft, Next-Gen, Tech)

Holeran  +   1230d ago
Work correctly for a start.
ziggurcat  +   1230d ago
has it even been announced yet or is this just another stupid article theorizing about something that doesn't exist?
Shadonic  +   1230d ago
it works just not for everyone i mean even with steel battalion and other titles theres still people supporting the game and even showing it working for them so it must be something wrong between those it works for and those it dosent. In a video showing steel battalion working really well he has a pretty good setup and goes over his play space and lighting and from what ive seen of kotakus little kinect demonstration space they dont have much space in there. There are games that work and we cant forget about the PC field and the gaming stuff thats been created on the front which overall has been showing what kinect can really do sadly 90% of the haters of kinect are mostly trolls and dont notice these things.
GribbleGrunger  +   1230d ago
That's five words, not five reasons
Holeran  +   1230d ago
But if it would work correctly that would probably make up for all the other problems.
GribbleGrunger  +   1230d ago
A concept that is wrong -- by its very nature -- will never work correctly
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Shadonic  +   1230d ago
works for me >.>
greenpowerz  +   1230d ago
It doesn't work for you because kinect isn't designed to work with your PS3 ;)
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Software_Lover  +   1230d ago
Worked great with Mass Effect 3 for me.
Works great with Kung Fu High Impact for me.
Works great with Kinect Adventures for me.
Gunslinger is great (but my arms hurt like hell afterward)
Fruit Ninja Kinect, even multiplayer, works great for me.
Hole in the Wall works great for me.
Dashboard navigation (voice and hand) works great.

I could list more but the point has been made. Its all in perspective. I completely understand that the kinect is not gonna replace my controller anytime in the foreseeable future, but it does offer pretty good gaming experiences.

Its funny how people claim its a failure because EVERY GAME THAT COMES OUT FOR IT IS NOT A HIT. Well in that case, every console is a failure also.
greenpowerz  +   1230d ago
Works great in most cases. The tech is ahead of its time. It will get better. Doesn't work so good for PS3 fanboys. Dance Central and Kinect sports are colt classics already. My family loves these games and are among our favorites of any game on any console. I love using kinect for non gaming as well. Most kinect hate comes from PS MOVE failure and kinect's console pushing ability.
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Machioto  +   1230d ago
@green what are talking about?the tech is not ahead of its time,Sony and Nintendo both were offered the tech but nin turned it down and Sony put on hold until it got better,move is not a failure as games that support it are coming out(unfinished swan,new counter strike,resident evil chronicles,portal 2 patched,odd world strangers wrath patched)ifyou want more on move new,implementation check out iwaggle3d on youtube or his website with the same name.

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greenpowerz  +   1230d ago
What the heck are you talking about? What does Sony and Nintendo passing up similar tech that was primitive at the time, have to do with Kinect's success and hate of today? Nintendo being forced to release a new console and Sony in 3rd place and you talk about what they passed up? They don't need people reminding them of their costly mistake lol(not that hardware and their software was anywhere near as advanced as it needed to be to compare)

Nin and Sony passed up years ago when hardware couldn't have made it work to begin with, coming from non software companies that don't know the first thing about complex software lol.
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cstyle  +   1230d ago
We all know the real reason why some here don't like kinect. Its simply because its not for PS3. Sony could never have developed the software for that thing. Its way over their heads. they have a decent R&D but Microsoft's R&D division is 10 times larger and devote more resources to technology like this. Just look at the steady improvements/ updates they release for it.

This is why sony went with a cheaper option in the move. One of Kinects strong points is that you can use it along with xbox live to do voice navigation and hand gestures. Can you imagine using that thing with how hideous PSN overlays look? Its just not built for it. The next version should improve on everything. There won't be hardware limitations holding it back. Overall I think they hit the jack pot with kinect and its a major success. Don't be surprised if sony tries to copy it next gen. That is if they aren't too broke to make any investments in this technology.
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dkp23  +   1230d ago
Just got a kinect for 69.99 refurbished from Frys this weekend.

Surprised how responsive it was as the videos i remember seeing pre-launch looked unresponsive.

Voice recognition to go through apps and searching for contect worked fine. Responsiveness both in daytime and nighttime were pretty much spot on.

No issues here and this was refurbished.

The kinect adventures that came with it however did not read properly, had to install three times to get it to work. Each time the % would go higher and finally installed.
Shadonic  +   1230d ago
well as a kinect owner dude you have to be weary of what reviews you listen too my best advice is to wait like 3 weeks or so before buying a game if there's no demo out and wait until someone posts a video of the thing working because the reviewers these days seem as bias and unbelieving in kinect as 99% of these trolls so just wait until you actually see the game in action and make sure you take notice of there play space and there gestures because a lot of people get really lazy or just plain cant fallow the directions on the screen of how it was intended to be performed you have no idea how many kinect game walkthroughs ive seen with people raising there left arm cursing at the device when the games asking for there right.
dkp23  +   1230d ago
my space is very limited too. Performed great
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Nodoze  +   1230d ago
Any core gamer that bought into Kinect is a moron. This was simply Microsoft's me too to troll some of Nintendo's user base.

I sincerely hope there is no Kinect 2 as the intro to Kinect marked the decline of Microsoft's focus on core gamers.
cstyle  +   1228d ago
"Any core gamer that bought into Kinect is a moron. This was simply Microsoft's me too to troll some of Nintendo's user base."

And it worked beautifully. At least they supported it unlike another that promised and didn't come through.

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