GamesRadar: Oh dear, my house is not compatible with Kinect

GamesRadar: "Six feet. That's how far away from Kinect you have to stand in order to play it. Sounds fine, right? Knowing I had plenty of room in my living room for said six feet and more, I took home Kinect for the evening. But six feet is the minimum you need and that doesn't give you all game features. Namely, two player mode. And here I hit a problem. I've recorded it on video so you can compare it to your own situation and see if it would affect you too."

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GeoramA2812d ago (Edited 2812d ago )

Wonder what MS's damage control will be...

ryuzu2812d ago (Edited 2812d ago )

Kinect is like watching a car crash....

The whole gaming press, industry, public... everyone has been pointing out since "Kinect" was unveiled, that it is derivative, facile and in some cases just broken.

I'm beginning to feel bad for MS now - they've come up with a stinker and it's just sheer arrogance that has brought them to this point. Even so, no company, and certainly no loyal customers, deserve this level of enmity directed at them from the "community".


Mr_Bun2812d ago

The 360 community had no problem with the RRoD plague...I doubt this will phase them either

Nicaragua2812d ago

You say that MS dosnt deserve this but we as gamers dont deserve the level of bullshit that MS has fed us over the past year in order to try and decieve people into buying this glorified webcam.

Im insulted that MS thinks its fanbase are so stupid and gullible to swallow its fake demonstrations and marketing bollocks.

darthv722812d ago (Edited 2812d ago )

I also have 3 dogs that love to rough house in that very same room. Always jumping on the couch and the recliners. I'd hate to lock them up when I want to play. Or stick them outside on cold rainy days to get my kinect fix. Oh well, as with anything in life. Sometimes we all must make sacrifices.

"3 dogs looking for good home. Must have lots of food."

j/k. 2 of them like to dance. I could train them to do dance central. Now THAT would be something to see on the kinectshare site.

hay2812d ago (Edited 2812d ago )

@Nicaragua: The sad thing is most customers are stupid and will buy it.

Silly Mammo2812d ago (Edited 2812d ago )

Just get rid of your dogs. Why own real animals when you can have...Kinectimals!!

doG_beLIEfs2812d ago (Edited 2812d ago )

I just don't understand....why are people so dumb?

"Video chatting is also neat. The call quality is good and the sensor follows you if you move around your living room. A number of technology companies have unsuccessfully tried to get video calling onto the television – Microsoft may just be the one to do it by sneaking it in tied to video games."

The PSeye has been able to do 6 at a time video chat since its launch. I have used it from time to time and it works very well. The PSeye also has four OMNIDIRECTIONAL* microphones that can pick up 4 different voices at the same is also very sensitive as I can be over 20' away from it and talk normally and the other person that I am talking to can still hear me even if my kids are talking as well. is clear that Kinect is a step up from the far...who knows? What is also CLEAR is that Kinect keeps getting credit for something the eyetoy PS2 or PSeye PS3 has done is doing for years.

Why? Why bash Sony for copying the Wii (when in reality they worked on Move for 10 years) when at the same time give MS credit for so many things that Sony is doing or has done years ago?

What purpose does that double standard serve?

Voice recognition (Singstar)
Facial recognition (ctek 2009)
Augmented reality (ctek 2009 and NOW with Move)

Other than 3D depth perception and infrared....there is very little difference in capabilities between the 2 other than price. is SOFTWARE that makes these cameras do all they can do....not so much hardware.

End Rant is the official page with official specs

notice the OMNIDIRECTIONAL microphones FOUR of them

As far as I know....Kinect just has four noise canceling LOWER technology.

Notice the other features like VOICE RECOGNITION and so on.


pocketaces112812d ago

I'm sorry I don't feel bad for them they would have known all these things before hand just by testing the product. This is there own fault and no one to blame except them. They released RROD knowing it was a problem and somehow walked out relatively unscathed IMO so Karma I guess finally caught up with them.

doG_beLIEfs2812d ago

Here is the correct link for the explanation of what an Omni-directional microphone is and its CLEAR advantages over an un-directional microphone.

HolyOrangeCows2812d ago

[33.5 x Sin(68.5)]/Sin(21.5) = 85.05 inches (7.09 feet)

7 feet back just for the camera to see you (If you're of average height or even slightly shorter - I used one of the shorter estimates of average human height). And you'll need at least 2-3 feet more in order to take advantage of 3D space.

10 feet IS an issue.

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tinybigman2812d ago

I live in a studio apt with barely any room so from the off this was a no go, especially with nothing of interest on it.

Oddly enough not the much room is required for the Move to work properly.

zeddy2812d ago

95% of the people on here hate kinect but it will still sell well which annoys the heck out of me.

Keyop2812d ago

It only does interior redesign...

DeadIIIRed2812d ago

No joke. This needs to be the new Kinect commercial. Just replace the faucet with Kinect.

slate912812d ago

Ok trolls please stop.

Anyways, I had a to move around my tv in my room. Haven't tried co-op yet but I probably will face problems. That's a downside to Kinect definately.

poindat2812d ago

Downside? That's a bit of an understatement. No matter what, you should NEVER have to move around your TV just for one small device to work. What about those with gigantic HDTVs? You'd be a fool to risk trying to move one of those heavy and expensive suckers around the room just to try and find a spot where Kinect works.

This is a cock-up, no other way around it.

visualb2812d ago

and actually, I see two design rules Kinect breaks:

"Good design is unobtrusive

Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.

Good design is honest

It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept."

thats why Kinect pains me. People fall for the marketing snake too easily, and it saddens me to see that:

it doesn't matter whether what you do is good design or not, so as long as you have the marketing behind it. -___________- as a design major, that hurts my soul.

beardpapa2812d ago

"you might want to buy a house with a specific room for kinect."

GamerSciz2812d ago

Hey guys come on over and check out my place. Over here we have the kitchen, then the dining room, the game room with PS3 and Move and oh, over here we have my kinect room solely dedicated for "kinect".

I'm calling it now, you will see this on Cribs if it ever comes back.

Beahmscream2812d ago

Good to see Gametrailers haven't been paid off by MS to say good things about it.

Shazz2812d ago

id be seriously pissed if i bought kinect looking forward to playing it only to find out my room isnt big enough or living room for that matter .

Cueil2812d ago

how tall are you... if you're over six foot you'll need that 6 foot of space if you're smaller then you're probably going to need less...

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