We discuss the potential of the new Kinect and Smartglass to improve gaming experiences for core games. [Now amended/updated from previous submission]
Microsoft should release kinect as a smart webcam for every computer.
Kinect is a novelty. The fact is, it's never going to replace the controller for 95% of game genres out there. Most people are not going to want to do jumping jacks to run around in COD. Only specific types of games like dancing games will ever work well with Kinect. Not to mention most of these promises are the same things Microsoft said about the first Kinect and those never panned out. I seem to remember scanning in a skateboard and saying players would be able to scan things into games that never happened. As well as them promising that it would be responsive enough to play games also untrue.
Not interested in either of them.
good for you. high five!? (sarcasm)
Ahh... The word potential. The one word we've heard from fanboys about the Kinnect since its original reveal. Back when they showed fake videos of a player interacting with a character on screen or hiding behind a couch as cover and shooting at enemies. Back when they mislead gamers into thinking they would have a Minority Report style of gaming. Back when you could scan in your skate board and use it in game. Back when they pretended on stage at E3 to have a light saber battle. Then for the next few years following that we heard "wait till Games Con..." Then it was "wait till TGS...". And again with Kinnect 2.0 we're still hearing people defend this product by its potential. And before anyone rants about Sony's Move controller, I have one and only use it for the 3 House of the Dead games and Child of Eden. The motion control ship has sailed. Voice control is just a gimmick that you don't even need Kinnect for (Tom Clancy's End War for example).
In all fairness, the voice control in End War barely worked. I have VERY little trouble using Kinect with Mass Effect 3. I truly liked to use voice commands in games like Mass Effect 3 because I didn't have to pause the combat and select what my squad mates would do, I could just tell them to do it.
Another thing people need to realize is sure the first Kinect may have sold 20 million units or whatever but what was it's attach rate? I for one have a Kinect, my GF bought one because she wanted to be more involved in my gaming, she bought it and one of the exercise programs, she used it for a few weeks and then it sat there for 5-6 months collecting dust, I disconnected it and never touched it again, I'm quite sure i'm not the only one with a story like that. Kinect is a novelty and should NOT be forced on users.
There's a few things that people need to understand: 1) The Kinect 2.0 for the Xbox One is NOT the original Kinect for the Xbox 360.. So constantly bringing up bad experiences from the original Kinect doesn't mean that those experiences apply to the Kinect 2.0 2) The Kinect 2.0 is meant to be seen as part of the system.. In the same way that the Wii U tablet is a part of that system.. You take away the Wii U tablet and the console is incomplete.. Sure, the Wii U can still play games without the tablet, but the system would lose its identity.. The same thing can be said for the Xbox One and the Kinect 2.0.. 3) Wait and see.. People (including myself) criticized the Wii for its mandatory inclusion of motion controls and apparently that turned out to be a great idea.. Currently, Kinect 2.0 is the absolute best solution for voice commands, gestures, facial recognition, and full body tracking.. Obviously there's tons of potential there.. At least wait and see before you make final judgments..
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