After months of hype, and an aggressive marketing campaign, Kinect is finally here. With it’s main competition being the recently released PlayStation Move, one has to ask: will you be getting Kinect?
Unlike the Move or Nintendo Wii, the Kinect doesn’t require a person to hold any remotes in their hands. It also has a unique feature: voice command. There have been complaints already on how some people might not realize that the Xbox 360 console is required to use the Kinect, how you have to have a really large room in order to avoid bumping into furniture, and that it might not be as accurate as it’s being advertised.
I personally feel that Microsoft has been rather clear about how the Kinect is merely an accessory to enhance the way you can use your 360, rather than it being a standalone product. The Kinect is being bundled with the newer slim consoles after all. With the larger room issue, have people already forgotten about the space needed to play some Wii titles? Wii Fit, one of the titles for the console, not only has a large board, but a lot of space is involved. Same with Just Dance, another massive hit for the console.
Finally, in terms of accuracy, I have no frame of reference to go off of. While I haven’t had a chance to test out the Kinect in person, there have been plenty of live demos at E3 and other large gaming conventions. In fact, I think that the Kinect will be more accurate than the PlayStation Move.
As it stands right now, the Kinect has a more impressive catalog to choose from, and will continue to do so for many months ahead. It also is something different, and not a blatant rip-off of what Nintendo has done and perfected. With the Kinect being one of the hottest items this holiday season, and thanks to all of the crazy marketing Microsoft did, I have a pretty good feeling about it. Only time will tell.
So, are any of you getting Kinect-ed? Feel free to tell us why or why not in a comment below!