Submitted by Aclay 423d ago | opinion piece

10 Ways The Kinect Failed Out Of Our Living Rooms

GameInformer- Microsoft had such high hopes for Kinect. Jumping into the giant wake created by Nintendo's smash hit Wii, the Kinect first debuted as the Xbox 360's response to motion-controlled gaming in 2010. A huge marketing push drove early adoption of the peripheral, with sales topping 10 million in just three months. The future looked bright.

So bright, in fact, that Microsoft doubled down by including an enhanced version of the peripheral in the box for Xbox 360's successor, the Xbox One, upon its launch last November. But with Microsoft announcing an Xbox One bundle that removes Kinect from the package, the Kinect's 15 minutes of fame look to be over. With this new reality setting in, we count down 10 ways the Kinect failed Microsoft and consumers. (Kinect, Xbox One)

corvusmd  +   424d ago
This may be slightly too presumptuous at this point. True, it may ultimately fail, I don't have some crystal ball to know either way. However, there are roughly 4.5-5 Mil XB1 owners so far that have it, and of those that do, that vast majority like it...even if they never use it for gaming. It also has not been discontinued, they will still bundle it with XB1 if you choose, and they will sell it individually as well. They are still making games for it, and it still plays a nice role with Skype/Twitch. I suspect it will also help out later with AR/VR tech that MS is working on. Saying it has failed out of our living rooms at this point seems like wishful thinking more than fact.

I also notice that most people that say they don't like it, don't have one (which would explain why Gamestop says they saw a boost in XB1 interest since offering XB1 without Kinect). If it's not for you, it's not for you...no harm no foul. However, I actually love it, I don't really game with it much, but the new Kinect is actually pretty impressive tech wise, and it makes navigating the UI really easy. I'm glad that I have one, I wish more people would give it a chance rather than just dismissing it (if they did). Either way, time will tell...
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denawayne  +   423d ago
I have it, use it everyday, and love it. We haven't even gone through an E3 since it's been out. I guarantee there will be Kinect related stuff at the show. MS already said there will be. I'm predicting a VR device that uses Kinect.
Volkama  +   423d ago
Kinect is too slow for VR.

I like the kinect myself, but the latency can be disjointing even when you can see the world around you and your on screen character is a bit out of sync. When it is your perceived self that isn't responding properly it'd be... Horrible I should think.
DoubleM70  +   423d ago
I love it. It works beautifly and I feel sorry for the people that never gave it a try.
player002  +   424d ago
well said bubble up
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kewlkat007  +   423d ago
Is kinect a discontinued product?
ezop  +   423d ago
No you can still buy it separately ..
strickers  +   423d ago
Nothing dampens Kinect delusion it seems.
lemoncake  +   423d ago
Lack of games and no imagination in the ones they produced,just dance and sport related.
WolvesDude  +   423d ago
The fact that Microsoft built the Xbox One around Kinect and it's an 'essential and integrated part of the platform' is the reason I got a PS4 instead.
DoubleM70  +   423d ago
Really watch video (PS4 UI vs Xbox 1 UI)

kenshiro100  +   423d ago
It had potential but it fell flat.
HRoach616  +   423d ago
I have both the 360 and the X1. With kinects for both. The 360 one was garbage. And the X1 version is better, I can see they def made improvements. But I still can't get it to work like some people claim to. I'm glad they're is people who can get it to work well. But I can't. It doesn't ever seem to work well or fluidly. I find everything much easier/faster with the controller.

Plus even the people who get it to work usually say they don't realy use it for games. But isn't that the point in the first place? If it's not being used for new innovative gameplay then why really have it at all? I really really wish I could see the point of the KINECT. I really do. But for me personally, it's never worked smoothly or well, and there hasn't been any games I wanted to play on it.

Interesting idea. Failed execution maybe. . .
Ghost_Nappa  +   423d ago
Exactly, there is no reason the voice commands can't be done with a mic. The only aaa game that uses kinect in a unique way is Battlefield 4 for leaning and that is way to finicky to use in a firefight
Immorals  +   423d ago
Having to wear a headset to use voice commands is just a nuisance.
Ghost_Nappa  +   423d ago
My point was that voice commands don't validate the Kinect.
Iamnemesis4880  +   423d ago
With the kinect out MS should have a auto sign in like the 360 but no they have not. So next update put it in simple.
Dehnus  +   423d ago
10 ways to <x>
Top 5 <y>
7 most favourite <z>

Why are there so many articles like that? This isn't news.

What's next 8 ways to position your PS4/Wii U/xBone?
JediDiah  +   423d ago
Xbox on.....XBOX on......XBOX ON!! Finally!
InTheLab  +   423d ago
They need to make a series of simple games like that block game for Move. Would mind a nice 3d puzzle where I can manipulate objects and solve problems like the Room on android.

Simple games could give it charm. Instead, they make crap like steel battalion and fable the journey /facepalm
bjmartynhak  +   423d ago
Totally agree with space.

My TV is on the wall above my monitor and I sit slightly to its right, because to the left there is my bed.

Not everyone - hell, on the contrary - has this "living room entertainment center" we see in the adds
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ezop  +   423d ago
but unfortunately for you and many, many other that's what its aim'd at .. living room entertainment, kinect see's you, recognizes you, sign's you into XBL (thus your friends & family know your available) your brother, sister, mum, dad, granny, OMG my dog has been recognised as my daughter once (so funny) .. and GO!!!!! .. chat, game, skype .... connected!

its unfortunately not men't for people who live in there bedrooms, unless you have a lot of traffic in your bedroom :)
Jrmy84  +   422d ago
I purchased it for the xbox360 once it came out, I never used it, just couldn't get into it really. I bought a bunch of games for my kids to play but they just stuck with our Wii. I never cared for the gaming part of it but, navigation and giving commands was a great innovation on MS part I'll give them props for that for sure.

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