Is The Kinect Worth It?

A breakdown by gaming groups determining if the Kinect is worth the money or not. Families, parties, casuals, and core gamers each get suggested games and we look at a possible Kinect 2.0 with the 720.

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As a core gamer I would say no as a cool add on that expands the use of 360 I would say yes.

sikbeta2290d ago (Edited 2290d ago )

Nobody cares if "it works or not", it's the new popular must have and it's selling craploads, can't go against that...

WrAiTh Sp3cTr32290d ago

This article is a day late and dollar short...

CarlitoBrigante2290d ago

Who wants to pretend their hand as a gun? Cmon is this 3rd grade PEW PEW PEW

Perjoss2290d ago

True enough regarding the gun, but when you do sports or dancing in real life you don't hold a controller, so Kinect is bang on the money with those genres.

TBM2289d ago

My 360 sure isn't crying over not having this worthless camera attached to it. the 150 i saved not buying this crap went to something better and more useful, and like someone said below if i want to exercise I'll go outside or use my exercise equipment.

LOGICWINS2290d ago

"Is The Kinect Worth It?"

That depends ENTIRELY on what type of games you like to play.

Cennus2290d ago

Exactly. That's why I break it down in the article like that.

LOGICWINS2290d ago

Asking "Is Kinect worth it?" on N4G is like asking a grown man if they would be satisfied with a McDonalds Happy Meal. The answer will almost always be the same.

deep_fried_bum_cake2290d ago


If you offered a grown man a Happy Meal they'd snatch it so aggressively that they'd nearly take your arm off. So it's not really comparable.

BDSE2289d ago

Everyone knows the a Happy Meal is all about the toy.

FurankuTedaka2290d ago (Edited 2290d ago )

All I have to say about this is Star Wars kinect...nuff said.

CHARLIEBROWNE2290d ago (Edited 2290d ago )

The games and kinect work for the kids now as it's their generation growing up.

It doesn't work for us as 20 odd year veterans, so let the young ones discover the "now" games in 20 odd year's time.

Does that make sense?

LX-General-Kaos2290d ago (Edited 2290d ago )

From what I have seen so far. The Xbox 360 Kinect is surely a wonderful innovative piece of tech. From the looks of it there is still much potential power undiscovered, and I am looking forward to watching videos of what it can bring to the table in the future.

So far what I have seen done with industry leading racing sim Forza 4, Mass Effect 3, and Ghost Recon Future Soldier have been amazing to say the least. In the future it would be nice to see kinect integrated into every title found on Microsofts current and future machines.

Rated E For Everyone

Cennus2290d ago

I don't know if I'd say the Mass Effect 3 Kinect abilties are amazing. We know the voice recognition on the sensor is good but I found myself saying the commands on ME3 two or three times before they'd work. Same thing on Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.

StrongMan2290d ago


A $500 million ad campaign push 18 million Kinects in homes but they are now collecting dust because 99% of Kinect games sell past 300k. The Kinect defenders talk about how good Gunstringer, Rise of Nightmares, Child of Eden, and Huant are but none of them actually bought them considerign all of them flopped miserably selling well under 300k.

The biggest budgeted Kinect game, Kinect Star Wars, recently released and sits on Metacritic with a 56 average score which will scare away 60% of the core gamers and the dance mode has already scared away the other 40%. So that leaves Kinect Star Wars fate squarly in the hands of kids of uninformed parents. It's not looking good.

You can only create an on rails or dancing in place to match the character on screen type games with Kinect and the on rails games have been proven to have noticable game affecting lag and that just won't cut it with gamers.

LOGICWINS2290d ago

Saying that Microsoft's $500 million ad campaign is the only reason that Kinect has sold well is just as stupid as saying that the only reason the PS3 is having worldwide success is because of its price drop.

2v12290d ago

u need less bubbles bro.

BakedGoods2290d ago

Wow, logic is really losing these days.

mcstorm2290d ago

Just because it had 500 million thrown at it dose not make it a over night success. Windows phone 7 had the same amount of money when it came out yet it was not an over night success.

For me kinect is a big part of ms future on consoles and pcs. We have seen some of the things that have been done by developers on kinect and the more people play around with the device the better it will become. Kinects biggest problem on the 360 is it was made mid gen so not all developers are going to use it because not everyone with a 360 has one just like the wii motion+ and the ps move.

I think once the next xbox is out and it ships with the xbox from day one alot more developers will integrate it into there games. But if you sit back and look at some of the games like tiger woods child of eden forza 4 steel battalion you can see developers are starting to think of ways of adding the device into there game and for me im all up for developers opening there mind to any new devices that are brought in to help on gaming.

Fylus2290d ago

Windows phone 7 wasn't a success because they launched that in a phone era dominated by Google and Apple. With Kinect, it was the only controller"less" adaptation to be pushed to the mass market. So you're study there is a little flawed.

Tai_Kaliso2290d ago

I'm curious as to where you get your numbers from, because I've been able to find no official numbers for anything that your saying.

I bought all the games you listed and for the most part like them all.

The only numbers I could find that were legit were the ones saying Kinect Sports was like at 4+ million and Dance Central was over 2 million.

I also saw something recently saying Fruit Ninja Kinect had over 1 million downloads.

I think that is pretty successful, even though Kinect Star Wars isn't doing great on Metacritic, it did have a ton of pre-orders and will go platinum with ease.

Kinect has only been out 15 months, that isn't a very long time and for it to have 4, 5 or 6 games that have gone platinum on what many consider a gimmick is a huge success.

I can tell you've never used a Kinect, let alone play the titles that your listing because Haunt, Rise Of Nightmares and Kinect Rush aren't on rails at all.

Its as foolish as the idiots saying Kinect Star Wars is a bunch of mini games, when its actually story driven and quite a large game.

I find it funny that you say things aren't looking good for Kinect, I'd be curious as to what you think of Move, which is far behind Kinect in every category and to the best of my knowledge no Move only game that wasn't bundled has even sold a million.

I'm not uninformed and I'm not a kid but I own a Kinect and I'm very happy with it. It can be used for more than gaming, it can be used to talk to family, friends across the world, it can be used to control anything over XBL and its great for gaming. Even the simple things like the voice commands for Mass Effect 3 are very well done, I cant count how many articles I heard from whining people because they felt left out, no matter how many times they heard that Kinect has its own voice recognition software and basically did the work for Bioware.

Anyway, I can see why you sport only two bubbles, good luck with the trolling in the future.

StrongMan2290d ago (Edited 2290d ago )

Account created 17 days ago.


My comment struck a particular loyalty nerve?

Tai_Kaliso2290d ago

Nice comeback kiddo. You accuse me of being someone else, yet ignore everything I said.

Well played, well played indeed.

I'll take that as a win in this debate, when the opposition cant even work up a rebuttal you know you've done something right.

I know when someone is just trolling or making things up, anytime you want to prove you have a Kinect shoot me a message here and I'll send you my XBL Gamertag and we'll work things out there.

Till then, it was nice slapping you around here.

Keep making up numbers, its classy!

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