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CBC: Kinect review – Microsoft’s jump and play game for the non-gaming crowd

This November, Microsoft will launch Kinect, the latest addition to its Xbox 360 gaming system, with the hope of stealing the crown from Nintendo's Wii console as well as the Sony motion-gaming platform that is also coming out this fall.

The difference is that Kinect requires no hand-held controller, instead using a specially designed camera system to track players' movements, gestures and voice commands.

The goal is not to replace the system's core gaming functionality — the option to use a traditional controller remains — but to make the 360 more accessible to casual players and non-gamers.

"For lots of people, the controller is a barrier that prevents them from getting onto our console and having fun," explains Kudo Tsunoda, the creative director for Kinect, during a demonstration at Microsoft's head office in Redmond, Wash. last week.

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Cloudberry2096d ago

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Good written article.

And...

This is review / preview anyway?

SkullSmasher2096d ago SpamShowReplies(2)
Christopher2096d ago (Edited 2096d ago )

***"For lots of people, the controller is a barrier that prevents them from getting onto our console and having fun," explains Kudo Tsunoda, the creative director for Kinect, during a demonstration at Microsoft's head office in Redmond, Wash. last week.

Unlike other motion controllers, "you don't have to read any instructions. You don't have to learn any button configurations. You can just jump in and play."***

That just rubs me the wrong way. Nothing against Kinect, but saying that casual gamers can't comprehend basic controller actions and can't read the two pages of the manual that actually tell you how to play the game just seems like we're saying casual gamers are really stupid.

@YourCall: ***No one is saying that at all. stop trying to make this into some kind of a we think people are idiots device. ***

I added in the first paragraph above. He is pretty much saying that exact thing. Most games don't require familiarity with the controllers and are already easy to pick up. They're just as easy to pick up as all those people who own Wiis...

***Don't be a douche, you have to be smarter than that. ***

Yes, I'm the douche...

YourCall2096d ago

"saying that casual gamers can't comprehend basic controller actions and can't read the two pages of the manual that actually tell you how to play the game just seems like we're saying casual gamers are really stupid."

No one is saying that at all. stop trying to make this into some kind of a we think people are idiots device.

I play games all the time with my wife and even when she know the buttions she constant forget where they are, so she has to look down at her controller causing her to respond late and things like that. This is simply because she doesn't play as often.

The simply stating the Kinect will be intuitive, and most of the responses you make will be instinctive.

Don't be a douche, you have to be smarter than that.

ARBitrator2096d ago

I'll be honest with you,

"saying that casual gamers can't comprehend basic controller actions and can't read the two pages of the manual that actually tell you how to play the game just seems like we're saying casual gamers are really stupid."

Does soung like you are claim that MS feels that casual gamers are stupid and can't read. So I'd have to agree with yourcall, even if you didn't intend it to sound that way, that's the way I read it.

Anon19742096d ago

No mention of the lag that was apparent at the E3 demo. Apparently the CBC either didn't notice, didn't think it was worth commenting on or it simply isn't there anymore. They did mention that the voice recognition didn't work consistently. That's a pain.

asyouburn2096d ago

to get rid of the lag 100%. im not trying to flame Kinect, but its the nature of the camera. once you do the action in real life, kinect has to process it before sending the data to the game, then the game figures out what to do with the data. you'll never hit the same latency as a game pad. again, this is not a bad thing, just the way it is. unless kinect can predict what your movements will be, it'll never hit 1:1

cliffbo2096d ago

just got owned in the Halo pic fest thread so i thought i'd come here to lick my wounds. lol

Dread2096d ago

lol

you did get owned in that thread.

IdahoPkwy2096d ago

Personal opinion aside, I think Kinect is getting a lot of mixed reviews. Like darkride66 said, no mention of lag in this article, yet they comment on voice recognition. Other articles are the complete opposite.

I don't own a X360, but if I did, I think my owns hands on experience would be needed. Its a new way to play games, I think its worth looking into.

Hades13372096d ago

Agreed, I want to draw my own personal conclusions rather than rely on the opinions of others, especially considering how varied they are.

Nathaniel_Drake2096d ago

Not a a new way, eyetoy basically does the same thing

IdahoPkwy2096d ago

Valid point.

Microsoft has something the Sony does not, marketing. You can argue Sony's has been better, but Microsoft can turn sh!t into gold (ala Halo). It'll be interesting to see what finacially backed 3rd parties and hype can do.

strickers2096d ago

Most aren't opposite.They say voice AND motion tracking don't work accurately.

YourCall2096d ago

your forgot to say "xbox, don't own."

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