I have been gaming all my life and I have owned the; ZX spectrum, BBC ACORN, Nintendo Gameboy, Sega Megadrive, Atari ST, Playstation, Nintendo 64,playstation 2,Xbox,Xbox 360,PS3 and various gaming PCs.Anyone who may read this Blog might get the impression that I’m a Playstation Fan boy. However, this is not the case and if check out my profile you will see that I have both an Xbox and PS3 gamer tag. Please remember that this Blog only represents my opinion and that any figures quoted regarding the costs of individual items in the Next generation bundles are generalised and do not represent true prices but are used to illustrated a point.
The story of the Kinect begins with the Nintendo Wii. Nintendo had been struggling with it previous console claiming only mediocre sales on the GameCube and N64. The decision to launch an underpowered system with an innovative motion control was a daring move which paid off for Nintendo and resulted in unexpectedly high sales, most of which came from the non-gaming community, in fact the Wii was the must have item for every gamers ; mum, grandmother , aunty and little sister. The Wii was so successful that it caused both Microsoft and Sony both to have knee jerk reactions by releasing their own motion control systems, the Kinect and move respectively.
The Sony Move was pretty half arsed in fairness. Fortunately however, this allowed Sony to continue with their original business plan and they continued the production of many first party games. Microsoft coveting the success of Nintendo Wii with envious eyes whole heartily launched the Kinect 1.0 and quickly dropped many exclusives that were both popular and highly rated such as PGR and Mass Effect to help support it. However, the target audience of non gamers, which Nintendo exploited so successfully had moved on to other fashionable contempory devises such as the Apple I Pad and had no intension in purchasing and Xbox360 and Kinect.
There was an understandable ire amongst many Xbox gamers like myself. We had previously been spoilt with a plethora of exclusives like Mass Effect and PGR and seeing them being dropped like hot rock to support the Kinect was unbearable. Worst still an unending list of Kinect games aimed firmly at the non gaming market was all that it seemed Microsoft had to offer the Xbox populous in the foreseeable future. My own reaction to this travesty was to go out and buy a PS3 and nearly all my game purchases hence forth were on this system. My reaction wasn’t unique as many of my friends also abandoned the Xbox due to this outrage.
There was one feature of the original kinect 1.0 on the Xbox 360 which was tolerable and that was you didn’t have to buy it. So the decision to forcefully integrate it onto the Xbox one has not gone down well with me. First of all I don’t understand its relevance, as core gamers don’t want to flap their arms around in front of the TV. Also casual gamer tend to play franchises such as Call of Duty, FIFA, Need for Speed etc so Kinect is no use for them either. So in reality whose is it for, yes I know it changes TV channels but I already have a devise that does that for me, it is much cheaper and as a rule of thump come free when you purchase a new television, it is called the TV remote.
So not only is the Kinect irrelevant, it is also very expensive, in fact I have heard rumours that it cost as much to build it as the console itself which doesn’t surprise me considering that when the Kinect first launch it was around £160 in the UK . This should be is worrying for anyone potentially considering buying an Xbox one. Just think about it, if the Xbox one costs £430 and say maybe that at least £160 of that £430 is the cost of the Kinect 2.0 and around £50 is for the controller, then perhaps around only £200 can be attributed to the core components. It is not surprising then that the hardware in the Xbox one is inferior to that equipped by the PS4 which incidentally costs £350 and only comes with an controller £60 and cheap and cheerful head set which can be no more than £70 leaving £280 for the core components.
So in conclusion the PS4 is the more obvious purchase for me. Not only is it cheaper and more powerful, it is also represents better value for money. Money is not the issue here though as I personally wouldn’t mind paying that extra £80 if I was getting £160 more hardware in the form of a better APU or RAM for example but I refuse to pay the extra money for the irrelevant Kinect that I don‘t want.