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Does Kinect 2 Fix the Original's Problems? | IGN

IGN - "We've put in some quality time with all sorts of Kinect 2 games. Here's what we think."

Eonjay906d ago (Edited 906d ago )

Kinect's problem wasn't its ability to detect motion or ability to read your pulse. It problem was that it wasn't fun to use in games. Its not the gaming innovation of the future and it isn't even necessary to play games.

Does Kinect 2 fix that?

abzdine906d ago

problem with kinect is that it want to do everything at once.
I would rather focus on one or 2 things and do them right.
I like the Move because it does the 1:1 tracking well, focusing only on arms movements.
Sports Champions was insanely precise, Killzone 3 does the same.
Of course games are important but if the tech is broken...

shaun mcwayne906d ago

Im not defending kinect, but I did have fun with the kung fu high impact game,
Should have been an Arcade title.

I also liked the kinect features in mass effect 3, but i dont think its worth it just for those things.

Septic906d ago

Kinect 2.0's other supplementary features are what really have me excited.

Things like:

* more comprehensive gesture control- minority Report style

* Voice control- the Kinect has some amazing noise cancellation/voice isolation tech. Just coming how, crashing on the couch and saying Xbox On will be so cool.

* Profile recognition- playing killer instinct with your mates and you hand over the controller to them and it loads their profile. It almost sounds too good to be true. That is brilliant use of the tech

* Facial mapping: importing a 3D model of your face into a game will be brilliant.

* Heart-rate monitor: Survival horror games could employ this brilliantly.

There is a lot of potential for this tech. Lets hope the tech works as well as MS say it does.

arkard906d ago

@Septic

There is a reason hospital equipment still requires it being hooked up to your skin somewhere. I guarantee the heart rate monitor will be a gimick

nukeitall906d ago

@arkard:

the heart rate monitor doesn't need to be accurate as long as it is proportional i.e. that it measures relative amounts.

@shaun mcwayne:

I had a blast playing Kinect Sports and Dance Central. I hope we get more games like that as well.

Boxing games like Punch Out would be awesome.

I also like the idea of Xbox Fitness and Skyping with a friend.

UltimateMaster906d ago

It works better, but they don't want it either.

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Wizziokid906d ago

Yes it defiantly improves upon the issues present in Kinect however as they mention, we still haven't see the 'killer app' for 2.0 and it's still hard to justify paying the extra money for.

DEAD-DEVIL-DISCO906d ago

was there ever a killer app for the first kinect? i honestly dont know cause i bought it for my 6 year old and he gave up on it rather quickly. im not burning on it or anything cause people that like to dance seem to dig it. but i dont dance !!!

aiBreeze906d ago

Dance Central? Facepalms incoming!

DEAD-DEVIL-DISCO906d ago

lol i guess hangin out with some chicks shakin their ass why you and your buddies have a beer would be fun. kinect ftw lol

nukeitall906d ago (Edited 906d ago )

There was, but it was flying under the radar.

Kinect Sports reportedly sold over 8 million copies. The last figure known for Dance Central was hovering around 3-4 million for the first two games I believe.

That is more than some hardcore games do.

MrCastle906d ago

The killer app is the free fitness app for a year. Mark my words boys, this will sell. Much like the wii fit craze.

DestinyHeroDoomlord906d ago

It's problems weren't technical, not having good games was...

Ketzicorn906d ago

Yeah a lot of the first Kinects problems were technical. Trying to get it to pick up body movement,positioning it appropriately,etc. I'm 6'2" and I always had a hard time getting it to track my movements consistently in games.

Ashlen906d ago (Edited 906d ago )

They didn't actually show video of anyone playing it. When I have seen people actually play it it still looks like it has about a second or so of lag.

Shaolen906d ago

For the size of that thing, they should have added a co-processor with it's own memory to give it an edge over the PS4, you know, to give people a reason to have it. Like the great, great, great grand kid of the 32x. Oh well, chance missed.

tigertom53906d ago

Kinect 2.0 measures in at 9.8″ x 2.6″ x 2.63″ (Length x Width x Height).

The Kinect head (the rectangular part) is 11″ x 2.5″ x 1.5″ (w x d x h) and add the base which is The base is 3″ x 3″ x 1.5″ (w x d x h).

so Kinect is not that big compared to its brother the microphone makes it look that way but they did that to improve the audio pick up and any noise from the cpu fan in the back. yes it does have a co processor for the visuals and xbox one has it own dedicated audio processor for kinect and games..

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