I recently bought an Xbox 360 Kinect. There's been a lot of hype about the Kinect lately, and here are my thoughts about what I like and dislike about it. Whether you like it or dislike it, one thing is for sure--there is nothing like it out there. It is truly a unique gaming experience.
What You Should Like About the Xbox 360 Kinect
So why should you get an Xbox 360 kinect? Well, beyond the obvious It's fun. Whatever else I want to say about it, I need to start off that I like playing the games on it. There's already a pretty good library of games available, and new games are easy to buy and download immediately. If you come over to my place any day during the week, you can find playing anything from a dance competition to a sports game. I have really had a good time trying out and playing a variety of games on the Xbox 360 Kinect. It's a motion sensitive game console that doesn't require you to hold anything.
Unlike the Wii, the Kinect is basically a camera console that tracks your body movement just by watching you. You install the camera in front of your television, either by mounting it or just letting it sit on a flat surface. And the Kinect has the ability to automatically tilt and adjust to get a good view of you as you move around to various different poses. It tracks the movement and the gameplay reflects it.
What you Shouldn't Like About the Kinect
It requires more free space than I would have guessed. You need some distance between the Kinect and your body and then you also need room to move around. This can be a little tough, depending on where you live. I had to re-arrange my living room to make enough space to really play comfortably without constantly falling into my couch. This won't be an issue if you have a wide open living room or a large extra room to setup to use the Xbox 360 Kinect. But it's worth noting that if you live in an apartment with a small living room, you may run into issues using it.
For average use, you really want about an 8 foot square of space available. You can get by with less, but when you're trying to beat the high score on a dancing game, it's tough to do if you always have to be worried about stepping on the coffee table.
The motion sensing software can be a little difficult to get used to. It's amazing we even have a motion sensing camera game system available, but everything has a learning curve. And depending on your body shape, it can be a little awkward to get the software to correctly register the motion you're making. I have one especially tall friend who barely has to move his arms for it to sense him, because his arms are so long. The rest of us have to really over-exaggerate some of the motions to get them to register properly.
Should you Get a Kinect?
I like it and I'm happy I bought it. The Kinect has already gotten enough play that I feel like it has paid for itself, and I still plan to use it a lot more. So if you're looking for something fun and new in the world of console gaming, I'd say take a look at the Xbox 360 Kinect.
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