NowGamer: Kinect Review – Part One

NowGamer: "Kinect: is it the dawn of a new age of gaming, a world where you are the controller, or a gaming party that everyone’s invited to? Or is it just an expensive EyeToy?"

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feelintheflow2690d ago

some of the complaints, not being able to use the voice command 50% of the time and the echo form the video chat are completely different from some other reviews. Some reviews said that the voice commands were awesome and the video chat worked perfectly... wonder why this is.

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gigaware2689d ago (Edited 2689d ago )

Bad calibration. You wan't to turn up the volume on your TV/AV Receiver much higher than your listening level vs what Kinect tells you(at listening level) during the Mic phase of the calibration.

plenty a tool2689d ago

you have to take anything negative said about the 360 by nowgamer with a pich of salt. this is without doubt one of the worst sony fanboy sites on the net!

seriously nowgamer is a bad joke

morganfell2689d ago

Anything negative? Have you not seen this:

That isn't the only one. They have reviewed a couple of Kinect games and given scores considerably higher than mainstream sites.

ComboBreaker2689d ago

"Wierd... some of the complaints, not being able to use the voice command 50% of the time and... Some reviews said that... the video chat worked perfectly... wonder why this is."

It's because Kinect is unreliable. Meaning, it will only work half the time. So, sometimes, it works, and peoples are like, it work perfectly. And then sometimes, for other peoples, it doesn't work, so they're like, d*mn, it doesn't work.

In the end, what it means is that Kinect isn't reliably.

Truthfully, $150 for an unreliable device is just not worth it.

Zeevious2689d ago (Edited 2689d ago )

If you used a completely empty room, you could get both audio and video 'reflections' off the walls from the acoustic and reflected IR pattern. (Glass on pictures/posters may reflect IR as well)

From the IR field emitted, it looks like Kinect projects a specific dispersion pattern so your body silhouette creates a substantially different and distinctly trackable shape, but more importantly practically draws an outline around your body based on the way the pattern falloff transitions from the edge of your body to the background.

There can be some setup problems with this approach. Take any IR remote for any TV...aim it AWAY from the TV and often you can find the IR light will reflect and still be detected. This can confuse any IR sensor, and unfortunately to human eyes, things that look completely normal can look completely different to IR. Just take a look at what bee's see in UV compared to what we see looking at everyday flowers for an example.

By the way, here's exactly how Kinetic works:

The audio could be any number of issues, but sounds like basic background/room noise filtering setup problems to me.

I've now tried Kinect, and agree with most of the Average to above (6-7)reviews. Great potential, but check out YouTube...6 years ago -- It's hard not to compare it to an EyeToy+ when many of the same games where already released for that, and the PS2. game is called Kinetic!

These look like great fun, and a great way to have your own personal trainer...but if the EyeToy of yesterday could already do this, why can't the PSEye for the PS3 & Move also do this today right down to the "Minority Report" interface and voice control? (similar video's for PSEye/PS3 show it can)

So far I can say I am impressed with a couple games, but All 3 platforms have taken very different approaches to motion control.

Considering how successful all 3 consoles are and the incredible 70million+ adoption of the Wii before them, I don't expect Kinect or Move to do badly.

I think the 2.0 games will be the ones that really show what both can do...

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a08andan2689d ago (Edited 2689d ago )

Well Kinect is here to stay, thats for sure. It is gonna be very interesting to see how they implement it in different genres. It could easily work, but it won't work as it would with buttons. And I don't mean that in a bad way, it is just an observation. All genres will work with Kinect as they will do with Move, they will just be played differently than what we are used to.

Next year I'm gonna enter the HD-gaming era. Will start off with a ps3, then a Wii and then I will buy the new Xbox when it comes out with an improved version of Kinect, which I'm sure will happen.

Edit: Why the disagrees? And I meant a "Wii 2" or whatever the name will be.

im-12-years-old2689d ago (Edited 2689d ago )

I disagree because you questioned the disagrees, i hate when people do that...

a08andan2689d ago

Well disagreeing with someone without stating a reason will not lead to them changing their opinion. That is why I ask, because I like having discussions, but it seems that there are a lot of people here on N4G who are incapable of discussing.

The real killer2689d ago (Edited 2689d ago )

And i hate people like you just giving a disagree for no reason.

Please grow up or response with argument you don't have.

That's why i disagree with you.
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Buttons is very importend.

a08andan2689d ago (Edited 2689d ago )

@The real killer: Yes they are. For the way you are used to play video-games. But Kinect, as well as Move, will work with all genres, just differently from what we are used to. I'm not saying it will work well or badly, just saying that it will be different from what we are used to.

1233602689d ago

unusable thats the bottom line,there right my mate takes his back tomorrow for a full refund and fifty quid light he has to pay me for the bet.i told that sucker it sucked fifty [email protected] quid lighter he,s seen the light.he couldn,t even get it to set up with out a major revamp of his flat.his missus said no way i can,t stop laughing what a day.