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Submitted by darkride66 1479d ago | review

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. (Casual games, Kinect, Microsoft, Xbox 360) -

Credit url: smgamers.com
Cloudberry  +   1479d ago
OK.
.
Good written article.

And...

This is review / preview anyway?
SkullSmasher   1479d ago | Spam
cgoodno  +   1479d 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...
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YourCall  +   1479d ago
Dude please
"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.
ARBitrator  +   1479d ago
@cgoodno
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.
darkride66  +   1479d ago
No mention of lag here.
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.
asyouburn  +   1479d ago
youre not gonna be able
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
cliffbo  +   1479d ago
just got owned in the Halo pic fest thread so i thought i'd come here to lick my wounds. lol
Dread  +   1479d ago
lol

you did get owned in that thread.
IdahoPkwy  +   1479d 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.
Hades1337  +   1479d 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_Drake  +   1479d ago
Not a a new way, eyetoy basically does the same thing
IdahoPkwy  +   1479d 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.
strickers  +   1479d ago
Most aren't opposite.They say voice AND motion tracking don't work accurately.
Ivan Drago IV  +   1479d ago
Kinect..
Day 0.. Move Day 1
YourCall  +   1479d ago
haha
your forgot to say "xbox, don't own."
tiamat5  +   1479d ago
Another review of an unfinished product. What real journalist gives a review before seeing finished product? Might as well give my review of Killzone 3, Gears of War 3 and while I am at it Street Fighter X Tekken. I know many people are eager to kiss Microsoft's @$$ again as quickly as possible, but please spare us the premature reviews to get hits on your sites.
Dread  +   1479d ago
everyone is eager to kiss MS ass!!!

again with the conspiracy.. why dont you fix you tin foil hat instead of posting this SDF mantra.
Blaine  +   1479d ago
Another comment without reading the article.
This wasn't a review.

The CBC is not a gaming website--it's the Canadian Broadcasting Company. Their audience is the average consumer, those who would have no idea what Kinect is. Thus this isn't a review, it's an introduction to Kinect.

You may notice the total absence of inflammatory, or sensationalist material, that's Canadian journalism.
Dragonfodder  +   1479d ago
Thank you for that very eloquent answer. My own comment only pales in comparison. Bubble for you! :)
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Dragonfodder  +   1479d ago
You're referring to the CBC as though it's just so lame-ass news site that's desperately trying to attract traffic. You clearly have no idea what you're talking about.
strickers  +   1479d ago
That's odd because the Move previews say that does work and it's not released yet.
Urmomlol  +   1479d ago
Will be good for the casuals I guess.
Denethor_II  +   1479d ago
One day, somewhere, years from now we'll be stroking on are beards, smoking a bit of the pipe, playing our Hyper PlayStaion 8's, and then someone will prop up from his rocking chair, and say, "Remember that device that was supposed to revolutionize gaming?" A cloud of silence will fill the air until someone says "no".
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Blaine  +   1479d ago
I would say:
"You'll have to be more specific!"
lelo2play  +   1479d ago
LOOOLLLL.... As usual, like every Kinect article, PS3 trolls are more preoccupied with Kinect then X360 players. They are alway commenting/trolling on them.
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Denethor_II  +   1479d ago
Because Move works and Kinect doesn't. Its easy to criticise something like Kinect because MS made all these promises at E3 09, but then in E3 10 it turned out all you can do is use your voice to stop a DVD and play kiddie games. Where's object scanning? Advanced voice recognition? More than two players? Milo? Fable support? The list actually continues.
strickers  +   1479d ago
I own all 3 consoles.Does that allow me a comment on something that seems very flawed?
They(Kinect/Move)are ripe for comparison,they are competing devices(and Wii).Don't be sour just because Kinect is the least liked by game journalists.
New PSM3 review said Move is amazing,works and has huge potential.They said Wii feels like a DVD menu compared to Moves game menu.ie sharp and responsive.
Kinect just does not work well yet,or do what it was claimed to.
That's just how it is.However,being software based it may well improve over time.Problem seems to be lower res than expected,higher CPU usage and only 30 fps.These may not be solvable.
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tiamat5  +   1479d ago
Everyone is so touchy. If these things aren't reviews then why do they state that it is? If they are so professional why are they stating that it's a review as if what they are saying is the final verdict?I never said CBC were some two bit journalists but if it is introduction to Kinect, then say that. Or else you sound like an advertisement for the system and sound bias instead of neutral. You people need to calm down. Notice no one ever says Move review for either game or controller.For Kinect supporters you guys get way to angry. Not very friendly at all.
Theonik  +   1479d ago
I'm getting Kinect on the 30th of February. :)
Shadowstar  +   1479d ago
"At the same time, a third RGB camera..."

Um. Far be it from me to criticize the CBC, but... doesn't it only have two cameras?
on your back   1479d ago | Spam
swansong  +   1479d ago
Health Hazard
Five years down the road they will find out that Kinect causes cancer. You never know!!!
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