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In Depth Look at the Kinect Dashboard Update

@XG247: We had a chance to sit down with Robin Burrowes and a have a play around with the upcoming Kinect dashboard update heading towards Xbox’s sometime towards the release of Kinect on November 10th.

He showed us the new avatar marketplace, movies, how you can control everything from your couch and the new video chat feature which will become cross-platform with Windows Messenger on the PC in the new year. These aren’t all the features you can expect out of the update, we were informed that there will be more to be announced.

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coolstuff2966d ago

This actually looks really good. If only the games were this good and Kinect wasn't so expensive.

BeaArthur2966d ago

Yeah if it had been $50 I might have actually been interested just because I think the tech has a lot of potential.

coolstuff2966d ago

Here in the UK it's £130, that's just way too much.

Super-Brad2966d ago

It looks good but they need to improve on the video service, I mean he moved the tiniest bit and it bring up the timer for the video.
Would get annoying and would go of crazy if there was more than one person.

gamingdroid2966d ago

Kinect tracks the person so the other won't mistakenly fast forward or rewind the movie.

Rybakov2966d ago

kinect is that expensive its 100 and coming with a 50 dollar game

tho i hope the dash-bored changes from the tech demo cause i personally don't like this dash i like the current one
.....and the espn feature is hideable cause i don't want that crap on my xbox

Blaze9292966d ago

Yeah the thing that has me the most excited about Kinect is not the games, it never was about the game, but rather the camera and it's tech with the new UI for the 360. Also being able to hook this up to the PC and seeing what clever uses people come up with.

Was never about the games for me, at least not yet. Only game that has me even remotely interested is Dance Central.

On a second note: @5:39...I thought Kinect didn't work while seated?

gamingdroid2966d ago

The next thing people will complain is you can't lay down while using Kinect and then after that, it won't see through walls or people!

Hades13372966d ago

The product hasn't been released yet, but people formulate their judgements based on old builds from E3, only to be left with egg on their faces when the find that Kinect can do all the things they thought it couldn't.

mcstorm2966d ago

I think Kinect is going to prove alot of people wrong when it comes out that video look really good and worked very well. I am getting Kinect when release in uk and for the person who said its £130 here in the uk shop around zavvi have it for £135 WITH 2 games which is a good price.

Im getting it for the media side and so the kids can play the games on it.

I think both sony and ms are on for a winner.

LoydX-mas2966d ago

Does this update happen if you don't have Kinect?

Thrungus2966d ago

Yeah you still get the update, just you can't access it without the Kinect Camera.

Highlife2966d ago

watching a movie might be a problem. Every time you reach for a drink or for popcorn the screen will bring up the hand and the buttons. Could be annoying. Cool concept but controller would be better.

uxo222966d ago

I usually reach forward when I reach for a drink. I typically don't put my hand up around my face prior to reaching for the table to get a snack.

Let's not over dramatize the whole thing.

Also, he said that he was using beta code, so I am sure some of the thing you guys are crying about will be tweaked.

Hades13372966d ago

He said you would need to wave your hand in the final version.

siyrobbo2966d ago

think you can still use the controller if im not mistaken, im sure he mentioned that in the video. you wave to activate kinect

looks pretty good, might be tempted to get it when the price drops significantly

and it works sitting down

Christopher2966d ago

Just don't see the point of using your hands to navigate compared to the much faster controller. I get the tech, but the tech is less efficient compared to what is already there. I don't see myself paying any amount of money for this when I already have a faster method to interact with the dashboard from the controller that comes with the 360.

If there were some true enhancements--because these aren't enhancements, just duplication of current abilities using motion controllers--I might see the point. Perhaps something like using both of your hands to move, resize, and control various elements.

The auto-zoom out/in capabilities for video chat is nice. Good software implementation there. Would like to see more features like that.

Baka-akaB2966d ago

apparently someone can yell xbox pause faster than you pressing a button .

At least i'd hope so given the cowardly disagrees .

uxo222966d ago (Edited 2966d ago )

When I'm snuggled up with my girl watching a movie, I would rather say "Xbox Pause", Xbox Play", etc rather than reaching over her head to pull my arm over, or whatever movement you'll need to reach for the remote on the table.

Or do you hold the remote in your hand throughout an entire movie.

Christopher2966d ago

***Or do you hold the remote in your hand throughout an entire movie.***

First of all, the video is all about motion controls, not voice controls.

Second, voice controls only increase the possibilities of accidentally performing actions. Now instead of just your motions being detected, you have to worry about your general talk being tracked.

Third, there's no way I'm going to pay $150 for a limited controller just so I can say 'fast forward' and 'pause' during a movie that doesn't do the same thing for all of my entertainment area as well as all the elements on the 360 (store, features, settings, etc.). No matter how you use the camera, you still need the controller to perform most of the actions on the 360. I'm not spending $150 on something that doesn't do everything I'd need it to do.

***I frequently misplace my remote, and I don't want my controller on the whole time draining my batteries.***

So, you're still going to need the remote control when you perform any other action with your TV. Remember, Kinect is just for some elements of your Xbox 360, not for your whole entertainment unit. TVs and similar devices would have to be built to recognize and integrate with the camera, none of which is happening.

***Or do you hold the remote in your hand throughout an entire movie. ***

No, but I keep it close at hand. And it also controls every element of my entertainment unit (360, PS3, Cable Box, sound system, TV) from a single device. It's really not that hard to just keep the controller on the back or arm of a couch when you're watching a movie or playing a game.

gamingdroid2966d ago

"So, you're still going to need the remote control when you perform any other action with your TV. Remember, Kinect is just for some elements of your Xbox 360, not for your whole entertainment unit. TVs and similar devices would have to be built to recognize and integrate with the camera, none of which is happening. "

You are right, but I turn the TV on and change it to the correct channel once. I might use the 360 to navigate the available content, fast forward, pause and such throughout the event.

It all comes down to preference, if you are fine with the remote then that really is fine. I like to do voice control, and motion instead of fumbling for the remote somewhere in the dark and look for the correct buttons, which might not apply to you.

Most of my entertainment needs comes beyond gaming comes from my Xbox 360. When it comes to gaming, Xbox 360 and PS3 provides that fix. Wii though, doesn't get used much unless I have a bunch of people over or I play with the family. In terms of fun gaming though, Wii is far the best. In terms of great entertainment though, the Xbox 360 and PS3 rules.

gamingdroid2966d ago

I frequently misplace my remote, and I don't want my controller on the whole time draining my batteries. I never have to look for my remote, nor do I have to worry about battery draining in any of the devices.

It might be slightly slower than a button assuming controller is within reach, but it sure as hell is more convenient for me as long as it isn't like annoying meaning I often trigger the wrong response.

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