Intrepid but flawed, Microsoft's Kinect motion-sensor for Xbox 360 offers true controller-free gaming at a reasonable price, but suffers from serious accuracy and tracking issues.
"Of course the question all this raises is why anyone would want to wave their hands around and take twice as long to do what they already can--with greater accuracy and speed--using a gamepad or remote control. The answer is they wouldn't."
It seems most sites are giving the hardware an average of 7/10 generously adding marks for "potential" I'd also love to know why so many sites aren't posting scores...there are 6 on the front page of N4G right now with no score: Kotaku, Destructoid, MSNBC, ARS, 360A, etc
In all fairness, the Wii got hype reviews and potential PR also, BUT then we didn't know then what we know now.
I don't know about the others sites, but Kotaku doesn't really give numbered or alphabetical scores if I can remember. They usually list the good and bad points of what they review, explaining each while also talking about what is being reviewed in general.
This will be the axe that decapitates Kinect.
theres been more mediocre reviews for kinect than good 1s so kinda says it all really
reasonably priced? really?
All say its bad. Their negative points are really really bad.
The game sites say it's 'ok' because of the potential. And the mainstream news sites say it is amazing due to the casual nature and what there audiences see. That's how it, that's how it will be more than likely stay.
After 5 Million Kinect sold
Especially for supposed "new tech" that has the wow-factor, just simply because you've got a new toy. Good luck to those who dropped $150 on this, better luck to the clowns who bought the $400 bundle because no single kinect units were left and wound up with an extra Xbox. I know those guys in line @ NY for 36 hours are gonna start feeling really "had" if they agree with this review. Enjoy Kinectimals and raft river jumping. Now we ALL know why the embargo was there, Microsoft fans, just own it, don't argue, just OWN it.
"true controller-free gaming at a reasonable price" Is this guy for real? Reasonable? Dear me, Xbox consumers really are THAT willing to be raped!
One of my bruhs got a Kinect at launch. He swung by the house to flaunt it in front of my face....On the hardware side, Kinect is well built. Its really not too shabby. +1 to MS in that respect. Now as for software it's a mixed bag. There is some inconsistency when it comes to voice control and gesture control in some parts of the kinect experience with the 360, and some places where it would seem logical to have kinect integration, it completely lacks. In my opinion, which is what a review is anyway, at the moment Kinect does seem like nothing more than a novelty. It takes a bit longer to get things done on the 360 if you're using Kinect. Its simply much quicker and easier to just use a controller. Seriously. And the games aren't doing anything new in my opinion. No, not even Dance Central, which my friend bought. Overall, I'd say it's ok tech. I simply can't see people using this more than a controller for very long without the novelty wearing off fast. Also, this is nothing like Minority Report or even close, as some keep referencing. Really, have people forgot what the scenes in the movie were like? Honestly, I don't think it will be that advanced anytime soon. All in all, I'd say Kinect is more an evolutionary step in gaming--definitely not Revolutionary or the future of gaming.
what's a "bruh"? Anyway, GiantBomb had a streaming show going all day with Kinect. I was surprised that they were relatively positive, I thought they would tear it apart.
oh my bad. a "bruh" is another way of saying "bro" or "boy". a friend.
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