Product Type: Microsoft game controllers
Newest Review: ... bit. But it was an investment that was definitely worth while. I had used a Kinect at my brothers house before and we had always had lot... more
Kinect yourself on screen
Member Name: Ames123
Advantages: No controller
Disadvantages: Can be costly if have no console
I am not one to describe the length and colour of a product because for the majority of the time it is not necessary but for this product that is going to be sitting in view by your TV I feel it would be helpful. The dimensions of the sensor are 11'' x 2.5'' x 1.5'' and it is shiny black. It blends in well with our TV and looks smart and not something you would associate with a games console at all.
The average cost that I have seen for Kinect is £127 including a game. I do think this is good value for the technology and the fact that it includes a game, meaning you do not have to purchase one on top. It can be purchased in many places, from Amazon, Game, HMV, the supermarkets, Argos and electrical stores.
I shopped around for mine and purchased it with an Xbox from the Game website purely for the reason that I was able to gain points on their reward card and that I had found a discount code. For anyone that is interested in purchasing one, it was delivered very fast!
Although I said it is good value, I say this with the consideration that you already have an Xbox and that this is an addition. If you do not the cost bumps up considerably and you have to think about the purpose of purchasing this and whether you would be better suited to buying something slightly cheaper such as the Wii.
This is fairly easy to set up. It has to be placed above or below your TV. For me it had to be below the TV on the stand as the top of the TV is too thin to support the Kinect. I would imagine this is the case for many people however I have heard of people using velco to secure it on the top.
It comes with a simple booklet about where to plug the cable into the Xbox. When you switch it on you have to go through a series of small tests to test background noise and the microphone and it will tilt itself to get the best view. These do not take long and it was only a few minutes later when it was ready to play. I did not set up the voice recognition straight away as I did not know how to. I found and did this later on the menu, but have not had much luck using it yet. I got the menu to come up but that is about it. You are supposed to be able to open/close the disc tray, select options and pause/play a DVD among other things just by saying what you want to do out loud but there is nothing to tell you what commands to use. You can however Google this and it will come up with what has worked for other people.
The only problem I had setting it up was connecting the wireless controller with the Xbox. Not a problem if you already have the console but if you don't and it does not work for you then try switching the console off, taking the batteries out of the controller, putting them back in again and switching it back on.
You have to be at least 6 foot away from the sensor and in our lounge we just about have this if we move the coffee table. It shows you on screen the area in which it picks you up. For two people you are supposed to have 8 foot of space but we do not have this so play sometimes with the space we have. It works well on the whole but sometimes the space restricts and you miss the ball or could end up whacking each other!
Using the menu on games can be different on each one. For Dance Central you stick your arm out and move it down to each option and swipe across to select. For Kinect Sports you move your hand around to wherever the option is you are selecting and hold it there until the timer has filled up. Either option is fine, though I find using the move down and swipe method it is easy to go too far down the menu.
We have had a little play on Kinect Adventures. For an inclusive game it is ok but I wouldn't buy this specifically. You work together to guide a raft through a river or complete other little games such as plug in holes in a glass tank.
Dance Central has a selection of about 30 games to dance to. There are easy, medium and difficult settings for each one. I am not a good dancer and so find even the easy setting hard. No worries however because you can choose to break it down before hand to be shown the moves move by move. The Kinect picks you up well and even picks up things such as standing with your feet apart when they are supposed to together for the move. Good game with different dancers and venues to select but I do not know a lot of the songs.
Kinect Sports is a great game to play with family or by yourself. My favourite game is probably table tennis. Others have noticed a lag with your move and your avatar on screen making the move. I have not noticed this myself and it was only when I actually looked for this that I saw it. So it is nothing major and does not ruin play.
During these games it record/take pictures on you in play which can give a good laugh watching after! If you feel like it you can even share them (though I am not sure you would want to!)
There are a few other titles out for the Kinect but I am sure there will be many more next year.
**Should you get this?**
I find the Kinect accurate in picking up my moves and it is a lot of fun to play. Playing sports games such as table tennis and bowling you feel as if you are actually doing the sport. Your avatar on screen does everything you do, There are other things the Kinect does such as speech recognition and the ability to do video chats like using a webcam on a computer.
If you have an Xbox already then I would recommend this addition. You may be a serious gamer but everybody likes a bit of fun and silliness and you can get this here. If you do not have an Xbox already then it depends on what you are wanting it for. For purely the motion sensor gaming then perhaps buy a similar cheaper alternative brand. If like me you are wanting to have a go on some control based games then I recommend this.
Summary: Great fun!
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