Product Type: Microsoft game controllers
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Advantages: Great fun, exercise potential, future computing!
Disadvantages: Space requirement
In the console wars, Xbox 360 has been the one to go for for years now. The PS3 doesn't have the developer support a console needs, and the online experience is not regulated enough, not to mention the excessive 'patching'. The Wii was never much of a competetor in my mind, but it always had that one thing going for it - the movement. This really is fun for all the family. With the advent of the Kinect Microsoft have gone one better - now you don't need to hold a controller, because you are the controller!
The Kinect was easy enough to set up, but you must heed the instructions - you need a LOT of room. I rearranged the whole lounge room to make enough space, and now it's just about playable by two in a 7x6ft area, but it's a squeeze. Simply plug it in, and turn on the Xbox 360. It will be detected and installed automatically. It takes a bit of time to get used to the commands, and talking to it, but once you have it's great fun and has amazing potential.
This is a fantastic piece of technology to have in your living room for less than a hundred quid - interventional radiologists and heart surgeons are using them to visualize and manipulate detailed scans during operations, just to give you some idea how futuristic this is.
It came with Kinect Adventures, which is a simple bit of family gaming fun but won't win any awards for originality, but does introduce you nicely to the Kinect. I also have Your Shape - Fitness Evolved, which works astoundingly well, amongst other things doing aerobics, yoga, and boxing in your lounge is great!
Aside from the caution regarding space, I would say that it's worth getting a bracket to sit your Kinect on top of your TV, as it works best when positioned at eye level. You can also buy a lens to clip on to the Kinect's camera that will narrow the angle and effectively reduce the required space.
All in all a great toy capable of so much we can't even imagine it yet!
Summary: A great toy capable of so much we can't even imagine it yet!
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