Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Kinect is a new gaming system out just in time for Christmas. The Kinect expands upon the gaming format made popular by Nintendo’s Wii. Whereas the Wii has perfected the art of motion sensing in a gaming format, Microsoft is just now catching up.
Microsoft takes Wii’s technology further. Instead of holding a controller, a motion sensor senses your motion and recognizes the sound of your voice. It’s the ultimate gaming experience as you don’t have anything to hold or controllers to touch.
We tried it out as a demonstration at Best Buy and we were hooked. We took a console home for $150 and a few games.
The best thing about the Xbox Kinect is the lack of a controller at all. You have complete hands- free movement to dance, kick, spin, and jump. Video games just got even more interactive and the Wii will have competition.
Activity feels good as you kick a soccer ball or spike a volleyball. Both my son and daughter love it. My wife and daughter have dance-offs while my son and I try to score the most goals at soccer.
Simple voice commands allow you to interface with menus. You can even use voice commands to play games which takes gaming to an entirely new dimension.
You can connect to other players via Xbox LIVE and play someone from across the country. In case you don’t want to play someone in your own house you can take your competition elsewhere.
The price to add the console to your Xbox is affordable at $150. Just in time for Christmas, Xbox Kinect will surely be a big seller for that price. Games run $50 like most do these days.
The motion sensing still has a ways to go as far as catching up to real-time human movements. The graphics in the games are also rudimentary because the new system has a lot of programming and sensing to work through.
But consumers need to keep in mind the original Wii games were also cumbersome. Remember when Wii controllers had wires? Remember the graphics were also lame on the first Wii games?
The Kinect can only get better. Give it two years after it becomes more popular and more people buy it. The technology will get better because it has to when demand goes up.
You can only play two players at a time otherwise you overload the interface. As I said, when the system gets better more players will surely be added.
The Kinect is worth the time and trouble. When upgrades come out Microsoft will be there with lower prices and better games. Microsoft is finally on the cutting edge of gaming technology as they have tended to lag behind in technology although they’ve made up for it in quality games. If Microsoft can combine good games, good graphics, and a controller-free interface they will have a fantastic system on their hands in a couple of years.
For right now the Kinect is the newest thing which will sell a ton of consoles. Go ahead and invest in the Kinect because it will help bring about better technology later.