Product Type: Microsoft game controllers
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Xbox Kinnect made me sell my Wii
Member Name: ebonybeauty123
Advantages: You ARE the controller
My husband went on and on about buying an Xbox Kinect. This really annoyed me because I put no importance on having new technology; to me it's a wasteful expense, especially with a small baby. We already had a Wii and PSP3, so I thought it would just be ridiculous to have another addition to a console.
It was £129.99, which was around the same price as a Wii, which in my opinion was too expensive. However my husband really wanted it and his birthday and Christmas was coming up so I bought it for him as a combined present!!
At the time of shopping around (October/November 2010), the Kinect was still fairly new so I found not much variation in price or discounts. There were bundle deals available, so buy Kinect and two games for £159.99, which was good as games tend to range from £30. However for some reason I can not remember, I ended up purchasing the Kinect which came with Kinect Adventures and Dance Central seperately.
We played it straight away and I tried to pretend that I was uninterested but was sucked in straight away. These games are quite difficult to play at 7 months pregnant, but I found myself jumping all over the sitting room like a lunatic playing Kinect Adventures and trying to keep up on Dance Central.
The Kinect has completely transformed gaming as unlike the Wii, you do not need a controller. You activate it by waving to the screen (which my 1 year old now does automatically to the TV after watching us!) and using your hand to select options. While playing a game, the sensor picks up on all body movements, hands, feet, etc.
You can also set up your profile with Kinect so that anytime you are infront of the sensor it knows it is you and all of your settings or scores from the game you are playing, come up.
After playing Dance Central, I decided that there was no need to keep my Wii as the Kinect, in my opinion, is far superior.
The only thing I find annoying is that you have to hold your hand still for a few seconds to make a selection sometimes. I find that the sensor can be really sensitive and your hand moves, meaning you have to keep repositioning your hand to make the selection. At first I thought that maybe I just have shaky hands but I have noticed that it happens to some of my friends when they come round to play. However this is a very minor problem and the enjoyment gained from controller-less play outweighs any small issues.
Summary: Must have!! Kinect transforms gaming
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