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The dilemma of Xbox Kinect

KinectThe Nintendo Wii took the casual gaming world by storm with its motion control, against most predictions around the time of its launch. With the benefit of hindsight, many now are forecasting huge success for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Kinect, which brings full body motion control to the Xbox.

That’s a fair and logical assumption to make, but here’s the thing about the Wii. After a few weeks most gamers seemed to retreat to the sofa, realizing that standing up for prolonged periods is tiring and the Wii could be enjoyed sitting down with wrist flicks. Let’s not forget that the more sensitive and active Wii Motion Plus never really caught on.

So while I love the idea of Kinect and am guaranteed to buy one, I’m curious about how often I will reach for a Kinect game above a more sedentary experience. That might be a poor reflection upon me, but I reckon that playing a full soccer game using Kinect might just get a little tiring.

Without doubt though it will be great for casual gaming, fitness and a new inspirational yet-to-be-invented gaming craze which I’m already looking forward to seeing.  Who knows, if it really picks us up off the sofa for good it might just fulfill the Wii’s initial promise as a panacea for obesity.

Neil Berman

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Jun 16, 2010 - Posted by | Analysis, Gaming, Hardware, Microsoft | , , , , , ,

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  1. […] to my movements instantly, and there was no perceptible lag at all.  After an energetic session my previous concerns about Kinect remain that we might all be too lazy to turn it into an enduring success.  However, just like with […]

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