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A Comprehensive Retrospective on Kinect's First Year

Today is November 4th, 2011, which means that the Kinect has been on the market for one full year. In that time, the Kinect library has expanded from 17 titles to over 60 worldwide. Kids and adults have been able to control their Xboxes for a whole year by simply waving their hands. The Kinect, the only video game device that does not require a controller, has caused Xbox 360 consoles to fly off the shelves, allowing the Xbox 360 to dominate the monthly sale charts. It’s been an eventful year for this little innovative piece of technology, and we’re going to take a look back at it in our retrospective history of Kinect’s first year.

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LaurenKB1232228d ago

I have one, use it a little bit - excited about the future...

dirthurts2228d ago

I agree. Not a lot out there right now, but there is certainly some potential there. Especially when used in subtle ways.

darthv722228d ago

after having played it at a costco kiosk. When we go there, they play it every time.

I can say i am a bit intrigued with the use of it and the new dash coming soon.

EVILDEAD3602228d ago (Edited 2228d ago )

Owned mine since day one...

Out of the 3 motion control devices I've bought almost 3 times as many Kinect games as the two otherscombined. And this is coming from someone who loves motion control gaming.

Didnt realize how much I use Kinect for everyday life until the other day. We were watching a movie and when anyone would get up for a quick break, they would yell for the Xbox to 'pause' or yell for it to 'play' or 'rewind' etc.

When a friend who I hadnt talked to in awhile came up on Live we had him join our party and everyone in the poom was talking casually through Kinect.

From everything to games, the dash, to music, movies etc., we seem to naturally use both the controller and Kinect without consciously thinking about it.

It reminded me how back in the day when Tivo introduced pausing Live TV, the DVRs were standard in cable boxes, now we don't even think about it.

Who knows if Kinect can gain the momentum it had last year throughout the holiday, but for me between the recent games Kinect Sports: Second Season, Dance Central 2, Motion Sports: Adreniline,Gunsinger,etc. Kinect is better than ever.

New Kinect drinking game of the year..Fruit Ninja tied with Forza 4 Kinect driving verses.

Evil

gamingdroid2228d ago (Edited 2228d ago )

Fruit Ninja Kinect is just an awesome game!

... but yeah, I'm a huge Kinect fan and can't wait to get my hands on the new dash as I'm in the beta! :D

Now I'm considering getting one for my mom to help ease her into exercising regularly.

EVILDEAD3602228d ago (Edited 2228d ago )

@ gamingdroid

How is the Beta??

I have the 3 big exercise games. I loved Fitness Evolved so much that I ended up grabbing EA Active (when it went from $100 to $49) and Biggest Loser (love the show)

Fitness evolved is hands down the best exercise game of all time on ANY console...period

gamingdroid2228d ago (Edited 2228d ago )

The beta hasn't been released for me yet, so I'm just trying to be patient.... tick, tick, tick

I heard bad things about EA Active. Is it as bad as people say it is?

On the flip side Fitness Evolved sounds great. Might pick that up... ehermmm, for my mom of course! :D

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tiffac0082228d ago (Edited 2228d ago )

I know 3D is considered a gimmick right now but imagine Kinect + 3D gaming.

I think that would be the closest thing we can get right now to what Robert Downey Jr was doing in Iron Man. :)

alexcosborn2228d ago

Can't wait to see what devs come up with in the future

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Studio-YaMi2228d ago

The device has potential,but am guessing that it will show more on the next xbox,not on this gen,I mean seriously unless it's an on rails shooter or a dance/exercise game,pretty much there is nothing stunning for Kincet.

Hoping that microsoft upper plays the field with core games for this thing rather than just supporting one casual game after the other.

FlashXIII2228d ago

What makes you think Microsoft are suddenly going to have a change of heart and start focusing on core kinect games?

Not having a go and trying not to be biased but I'm still left scratching my head a little at the sheer amount of people out there who still can't see and accept Kinect for what Microsoft wants it to be.

Potential? Yes.. it has a LOT of potential but potential as a core gaming device, so far very little.

Studio-YaMi2228d ago

Well that's why I said that I "hope" that Microsoft focuses on the core audience and stop it with all the shovel ware casual games.

I agree with your comment

tickticktick2228d ago

More Crytek and less RARE

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