Product Type: Microsoft game controllers
Newest Review: ... up but takes time. They do provide you with a smiley face on a card to help calibrate your Kinect but this doesn't help the fact that it m... more
A huge leap on from Nintendo and the Wii
Member Name: tangoman84
Advantages: Great tracking quality of movement, looks great, excellent piece of kit that is easy to setup
Disadvantages: Expensive for an add-on but well worth the money
Having been impressed with the Nintendo Wii but disappointed with the lack of HD graphics I was waiting for one of the other big guns in the market to come up with a true challenger to take on the Wii directly. Thankfully the Kinect has come along and blown the Wii clean out of the water. So why all the hype?
The Kinect is a beatiful piece of kit that is designed to look superb and thankfully it goes well with the Xbox 360 itself and most modern tv sets thanks to its black, sleek looks.
Designed to track all movement this is something which has top technologies in it with a video camera that provides 640x480 pixel resolution and a 30 frame per second rate of record this allows for your movements to be accurately captured and recreated within the game of your choice. This is a true step up from the Wii and allows much more movement to be used within the games and thus a deeper gaming experience where you are the controller and truly involved. The controller also has a depth gauge technology allowing the game to truly see you in 3D so as to ensure that your movements are tracked accurately.
The Kinect controller also has an in-built microphone setup allowing for you to voice control many features of your console aswell as in game features.
The controller has a motor allowing for it to automatically adjust the tilt and so ensure that no matter how far you are from the controller it will actively help you to get the best gaming experience it can deliver.
The controller tracks 20 joints per active player and can track 6 people including 2 active players and with features such as face recognition and voice recognition it will enable for players to build up a profile within the console that gives a much more interactive experience.
A great variety of games are coming out now for the Kinect with many more being planned and developed by major publishing studios.
Active play is something all can now experience meaning this is something which makes it more likely all members of family can become involved and play no matter what their level of playing experience with a standard gaming console.
This is an expensive piece of kit to have to purchase as an add-on but well worth it so don't focus too much on the price.
This is a piece of kit that expands on your gaming potential and experience itself so something I have to highly recommend. The level of games are varied with many new genres set to open up in the near future including such simple things as board games being transferred to console whereby you are going to have to shake your hand to enable your dice to be rolled so making it something which will open up this experience to a new generation. The games being HD on the Xbox 360 mean that you are able to play actively off the sofa without the loss of the amazing graphics you have come to expect of this console. I have loved this since I have had it with the bowling on offer from Kinect Sports being excellent and new chance for my wife and myself both able to play this together. If you want to give something new a chance in the world of gaming then this is for you and it will give you the chance to get fitter as you play.
Summary: This is a must have for those looking to try a new gaming experience. Highly recommended
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