Submitted by Dreadknux 464d ago | opinion piece

Kinect 2: Do We Need It?

SPOnG: "Kinect. It’s a word that strikes horror into the hearts and minds of many hardcore gamers. The Kryptonite for Xbox fans that keeps each Microsoft conference from being 100 per cent awesome in their eyes, with every mention. But, Microsoft is clearly making a new one. The question is, do we need one?" (Kinect, Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Gimmemorebubblez  +   464d ago
I don't but then again I do not speak for the whole gaming community.
yeahokchief  +   464d ago
Nope. Gamers don't.

It's a gimmick to appeal to families and non-gamers.

They take actual gamers for granted. Thinking that "they'll buy it anyways."
SatanSki  +   464d ago
I am a gamer for more then 20 years and i DO need something new and different. Im bored to death with games where all i can and have to do is mindless killing stuff. I need more immersion and i know technologies like Kinect and Oculus Rift, when properly designed and utilised will provide it. I dont give a shit anymore about so called core games as they became so stagnant i cant force myself to play the best of them.
zebramocha  +   464d ago
@Satan kinect and the rift are input devices and not games.
aiBreeze  +   464d ago
@SatanSki - I sort of agree with you.. too many games these days are just repeatedly killing things to the point where I'm bored of action games. So many fantastic games (supposedly) that I have no desire to play what so ever.. tomb raider comes to mind.

Still, Kinect isn't the answer imho. I owned kinect for three months and found the games to be boring and not engaging at all. Funny still, Microsoft used the slogan "better with kinect" a lot yet the truth is, you still want a controller on standby because navigating menus with kinect was a royal pain.

Do we need a new kinect? Probably not. If done right and they actually focus on making it something EVERYONE can enjoy not just families, then I'll give it a look but the first kinect was an abysmal failure from my gaming perspective.. I associate kinect with dancing sith lords.. that's just wrong.
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malokevi  +   464d ago
Everything is a gimmick... until its not.
SatanSki  +   464d ago
@aiBreeze Sure, first Kinect is too unresponisve and not acurate enough for more then kids/party games. Thats why i said "properly designed". Is Kinect 2.0 good enough is to be seen. To be clear, i dont want Kinect to become the only controller in games (well, maybe excluding fighting and party games). What i would like to see is developers start using it as an extension for pad/mouse and keyboard or even introducing new, more immersive for given game controllers which uses Kinect features. It even could be used for better mini games. There is a potential and i hope one day it will be realised. Do wee need it? I dont know. I can only say i do becouse my love for games is dying and i need something fresh and new.
Perjoss  +   463d ago
"Im bored to death with games where all i can and have to do is mindless killing stuff."

slpknt6sic6  +   464d ago
I dont "need" it but if done right I dont see why not. As long as it isnt the main focus of the new xbox.
PooEgg  +   463d ago
I think that the fear for many gamers is that it WILL be the main focus, followed by a secondary focus of making Xbox a cable box replacement.
slpknt6sic6  +   463d ago
That is exactly what I fear. I know im getting a ps4 day 1, I just hope microsoft delivers a quality system to push sony since I dont think nintendo will.
malokevi  +   464d ago
I'm a gamer, and I want it.
lastofgen  +   464d ago
My kids love it, and it's nice to have options.
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Cherchez La Ghost  +   464d ago
Have a kid with energy?! Give'em a Kinect! They'll be done for the night when bedtime comes. LoL!!
yugovega  +   464d ago
yes because star wars Kinect needs a sequel
B1663r  +   464d ago
I realize this might be taken as trolling...

But Disney bought the Star Wars Franchise...

And they are making three more movies...

And a theme park...
yugovega  +   464d ago
I truly mean it. with new people in control there is a chance of making a fun and well done Kinect star wars game. one that feels the promise the first one made.
edonus  +   464d ago
Star Wars kinect does really need a sequel... or even better a n entire new game.

People hated on Star wars kinect because they just hate motion controls and kinect but there were lots of great ideas in kinect Star Wars.

I say drop the Dance section, give it a few more force powers. Cut up the different modes and just make one full campaign. Enable customization, refine the saber combat. Add more free roaming something like Disneyland Adv. or Pixar Rush to promote more exploration.

I would even like a new duels of fate with a versus mode and against more characters. I was wishing they would do DLC and have a fight against the Emporor, or Anikin on the Lava Planet or even a Darkside version were you fought Yoda, Mace Windu and Luke or even expand the fighters and have a fight against Jango and Boba Fett.

I still throw the first one in every once and a while. Once you learn how to play it, its actually quite cool.
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Supermax  +   464d ago
I would like it to switch my tv channel or navigate the ui or have it switch on when I enter the room.maybe use it to customize my load outs in halo or battlefield
XXXL  +   464d ago
Kinect sucks. 2.0 is only going to suck harder
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Wizziokid  +   464d ago
You don't need it it's just a option to have.

Kids love it and tbh it's a good way for them to play other than sitting on the couch playing a game they get to move about which parents can feel more comfortable with.

Older people can even find enjoyment the same way the Wii opened up that audience. it has it's purpose it's just all preference.

For myself I don't need it, I'll check it out and see how it works in comparison to the original but I doubt I will be buying it, but that's my choice.
Typical-Guy  +   464d ago
I don't need it, and probably never will ...
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TheEnigma313  +   464d ago
Kinect is kinda cool for what it is, but I don't need it. I would prefer and bundle without it. Hopefully it isn't mandatory.
MasterCornholio  +   464d ago
As long as it isnt included with every 720 i have no problems with it.
Zcarnut  +   464d ago
I guess it all depends what they do with it.We have one now.Kid loves it. I find the Dance Centrals fun and the voice/movement navigation for other stuff has potential. If its included with every console,the support would be better.
Sitdown  +   464d ago
We need it if it helps keep Microsoft afloat..... selling more consoles which adds more resources for them to make the games we want to play. No reason why Kinect can't happily coexist.
hutness  +   464d ago
It's not an option if it's gonna be the center of attention or will build most of their games for it.
MilkMan  +   464d ago
No. I like my living room nice and empty. Dont need a projector.
g-nome  +   464d ago
It is fine if it is optional , but I need it like I need a kick in the nuts.
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edonus  +   464d ago
Yes we do. And I pray that it is standard. Kinect has so much potential it is crazy. You dont get to perfection by not trying. Kinect was only out for 3 years, and it made giant strides as a peripheral. Now as a staple they can really invest in much more diverse uses of the kinect.

I played some great games on kinect, and I know when people didnt play them because if they did their opinion wouldnt be so negative.

This gen is the real gen of motion control. Last was just a warm up. For everybody. The Wii was to underpowered to deliver and Sony and MS options were after thoughts. This both of them out the gate will have motion capabilities with systems designed to use them.

If the fever doesnt break amongst the core market there is going to be a real shift in the industry. All Isee in these gaming sites is people that want to do exactly what they have been doing for the last 30 years with enthusiasm or open mindedness to anything new. That makes them anchors that are holding back progress.
Solo227  +   464d ago
In my eyes, NO company has figured out Motion controls where its gonna be a mainstay. Wii mastered it, Sony tried it, and Microsoft is trying to milk it.

Microsoft is pushing this yet but hasnt even invested even 25% of those resources into creating a new innovative IP.

360 has been out for 8 years and there isnt a single FPS that has a player count higher than 18 on multiplat COD. Which is sad when most xbox owners will tell you in a heartbeat the 360 is the best console to play FPSs on.

Compare that with games like... Heavy Rain, Little Big Planet, MAG, and SOCOM(being online only).

Definitely dont need Kinect. They need more innovative IPs.
aiBreeze  +   463d ago
This.. they need more new IPs to get people excited for. Literally every RL friend I have who only owns an xbox has came up and asked if they could borrow my ps3 so they can play Last of us. Half of which, I'm surprised even know about the game seeing how they're very casual gamers.

The nextbox needs a game that will do for it what Gears of War done for the 360 first and foremost.
ThatCanadianGuy514  +   463d ago
Do we need kinect: No
Do we want Kinect: No
Is that all we'll hear about: You betcha.
TheSkullkid  +   463d ago
Nintendo.......FOR MOTHEREFFING LYFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Excalibur  +   463d ago
Do we need it? No but some people want it.
Do I want it? No and just like this Gen I'll ignore it Next Gen.

All I ask is just don't force it on us.
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giovonni  +   463d ago
Yes, because the voice commands and motion interactions make for a better gaming experience. Kinect with Mass Effect Three was very accurate and made it easier to stay connected to the action without pausing the game. Spells were easy to use just by saying them, same went for healing your party and saying the phrases on the verbal wheel.
Contrary to popular belief, Rise of Nightmares, wasn't as bad as many made it out to be. The controls were difficult at first, but after the short learning curve the game showed potential. One of the best things I enjoyed in the game was kinect's mic and a certain monster using sound to track where you were. If the mic picked up a sound from the room he knew where you were. Their was a screaming banshee, in order to defeat her you had to cover your ears.
Now, I'm not saying Kinect is the prefect device, but it has added clever things that made me look at playing games differently. So, yes I think we all need it for the evolution of gaming, since it adds not take away.
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Excalibur  +   463d ago
Yes, it is to you and I respect that but for others of us we don't need the gimmicks in our gaming.

As I said in my other post, as long as they don't force it on us or make it some sort of "always on" feature I'm fine with it.
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edonus  +   463d ago
You are a perfect example of what I always talk about. If a person "really" used kinect they wont have such a negative opinion of it. Like you said its not perfect but it is still in its first stages. Rise of nightmares was only the first game of its kind, and it got a lot of things right. My only real issue with Rise Of nightmares was I felt that your walking/running pace was too slow. If you could just travel a little bit faster it would have been just that much better.

I have played many games on Kinect and really liked what they were doing they all had there charm. I eve went back and tried some i didnt get in to before and found them to be really cool like Daibolical Pitch. I slept on that game its crazy and pretty cool. I recently started getting in to Wreackateer and I find it really cool. I wish they would make a Wreckateer vs. were you would build a fortress to protect something and you and an opponent try to shoot down each other fortresses and hit what you are suppose to be protecting.

I cant wait for some more kinect motion based stuff.
PooEgg  +   463d ago
Speaking only for myself, MS will need to show me that their new gaming console is not just a gimmicky toy. Show me the games or lose me.
Excalibur  +   463d ago
Agree 100%.
While some of the streaming feature are nice (and I do use them)I primarily bought my 360 for gaming.

Just like with the Kinect I don't care what devices or APPS you add to it as long as the gaming end doesn't suffer.

I think the reason the 360 has had the drought of games it's had lately is the M$ was shifting new/current I.P. toward next Gen or at least I hope so.

I also think they have been using the 360 as a testing ground for next gen APPS is why we have seen so many.
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horndog  +   463d ago
Dont need it but it doesnt hurt either. If its not mandatory then I couldnt give a damn wether they add it or not.
tweet75  +   463d ago
kinect and motion controls still feel gimmicy to me. Nothing beats tactile button pushing. I dont like to actually simulate actions on screen a button should do that with gaming

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