Best Motion Sensing Console? Microsoft xBox Kinect: One Month Later

By Sidharth | Games

It has been nearly a month since Microsoft’s new Kinect motion controller has been released into the mainstream media and it has already been stirring up controversial as well as extemporary reviews globally.

The voice and motion device released on November 7th is stated to be one of the most sophisticated gaming accessories till date. Sony’s PlayStation Move and Nintendo’s Wii came nowhere close to competing with the Microsoft Kinect.

Originally named Project Natal, Microsoft Kinect offers xBox 360 users the opportunity to do all they ever wanted by simply interacting with their television sets. With the tag line of no controller required, Kinect lives up to its name. Users simply need to use their hands to navigate the Kinect Hub and do whatever they want. Additionally, users can also use voice commands to talk to their TVs and get the job done.

Navigating the Kinect Hub is just one aspect of gaming development. The Kinect console also supports motion powered games where yet again – no controller required. The launch of the xBox accessory came with seven Kinect compatible games, each of which have several reviews available on the web.

If you remember, within the first week of the Kinect Launch, Microsoft recorded a record breaking sale that came nowhere close to any other competitive motion controlling device. There was a recent ruckus created recently about the device’s incapability to recognize dark skinned players but that was rubbished off as rumors by an official Microsoft spokesperson.

The only downside to the xBox Kinect is that for gamers to take advantage of its hardware is that they need to have at least six feet of space between their television sets and the wall behind them. Six feet has been the minimum requirement that Kinect has asked for. Another let down is that of Kinect lacking the NetFlix application.

When Microsoft xBox first showcased Project Natal at E3-2010, they did show off the NetFlix application allowing users to play and pause movies with voice command. For now, Kinect has shown no signs of its amalgamation on the system. Zune is another feature that seems to have been knocked back. While these features do put off the Kinect as a whole, it yet remains a very sophisticated piece of hardware that is sure to do a lot more in the coming months.

For now, Kinect is the best motion sensing console built. And as far as features and minor technical bugs go, it does not seem impossible that a small firmware patch could not fix.

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Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!

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wats up December 13, 2010

jus to let everyone know… lots of the stores in asia n australia have sold out of the kinect 250gb bundle big christmas rush… i’m no xbox fan… i was a wii fan n we havent had xbox before till kinect came out n jus bought it last weekend.. but now after playing some of the kinect games i’m sold!

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Spiku November 29, 2010

“Sony’s PlayStation Move and Nintendo’s Wii came nowhere close to competing with the Microsoft Kinect.” That’s not fact but your personal opinion…like the rest of your article.
Would be nice to have some numbers to go along with your statments : “If you remember, within the first week of the Kinect Launch, Microsoft recorded a record breaking sale that came nowhere close to any other competitive motion controlling device.” really? How much did it sell compare to the others???
Do you see what I’m getting at? with proof to back up your claims it would make this article a much better read and would give you credibility as a writer…
(don’t give up though, keep on writing Kid)

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xboxhoe November 26, 2010

that’s right, just the facts.

kinect is the best motion sensing device. better than any other wand & waggle crap.

the end.

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keysy November 26, 2010

kinect was dead a long time ago everyone hasnet realized it yet. no device in history has been successful that didnt grab the hardcore gamer without us you will not sell gamesso kinect is a super waste of money by ms they didi the whole launch wrong they could literally be owning nintendo if they did it right.

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    DarenG November 27, 2010

    Huh?? No device has ever succeeded that wasn’t geared towards hard core?!?!!?!? Where did you get that from? You do realize that hardcore gamers make up a minority of gamers right? The Nintendo Wii is successful because of the casual user. The casual user market is the demographic every console makers tries to capture.

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o0HERO0o November 26, 2010

John,

I purchased the Kinect and about 7 games with it, and I personally love this thing. I am a hardcore gamer with mostly RPG’s and FPS’s in my library and after playing with the Kinect all I have to say is “This thing rocks”. My wife loves it too and she doesn’t even like games. So you might want to check it out first before you bash it because it’s obvious you never have messed around with one. And FYI the voice commands work flawlessly even with a surround sound system turned up pretty loud.

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Terry November 26, 2010

It does work head

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John November 26, 2010

Give me a break – this piece of trash is not some new ground breaking tech! It doesn’t even work properly (i tested it at a microsoft gaming event), its a gimmick for people stupid enough to fall for it, explain to me; what serious game would u expect to use kinect for? There is no real precision, voice commands DO NOT work, and you have to stand a good distance away as there is no wide angle lens on their camera. This Kinect accessory is a joke and a complete rip-off, u think the sales figures are good? They paid people to buy the kinect, and giving it away to people and so called bloggers for free, does not count as a sale, even though they count it! The dumbass who wrote this article is an obvious dirty ass muncher, cuz NO ONE who has used the kinect will have anything good to say about it on an actual gaming level.

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    Sidharth November 26, 2010

    Never received the console from them. Just posting the facts.

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      CaptainJY November 26, 2010

      And excellent facts, they are! Nice post! Agree completely! Looking forward to more Kinect-related posts man!

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    TheZilla December 31, 2010

    dude, your an idiot. instead of running around screaming bloody murder you might wana try it out. now granted im a hardcore ps3 fan and would easily debate 360 buffs on why ps3 is superior, i have played the Kinect and that thing is rediculously awesome. although the games are pretty much mario partys sports and one to many dance games, i found myself surrounded by my sisters hot friends dancing and having fun. now i could go into my room and play some COD but what bad could you really say about an add-on that offers a refreshing spin on gaming AND attracts hot girls who would otherwise think your just some couch potatoe dead beat game freak? nothing!! its like adding fruity flavors to beer, yea it might seem kinda gay, but its refreshing and fun and take the stick out of your ass and just enjoy it man. sheesh.

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