Pros can't say any good points as i can't get it to work
Cons EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE PRODUCT AND MICROSOFT'S LACK OF CUSTOMER SERVICE RESPONSE. I URGE YOU TO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT AS MICROSOFT TAKES NO RESPONSIBILITY WHAT SO EVER FOR VERY COMMON TECHNICAL ISSUES KINECT CAUSES.
Summary WHAT A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY!!! i bought the kinect last week for myself as a birthday present, opened it last night. hooked it up to my pristine original xbox 360 (used literally about 4 weeks in the last 5 years, stored the rest of the time in original factory box) and popped in a brand new dance central disk. nothing. i thought maybe the disk was flawed, opened and put in a brand new your shape. nothing again. only an open disk signal where the games should be listed.
so then i put in the game i had been playing before i tried to install kinect, oblivion, then fable, then sonic (all xbox 360 games, pre-kinect). they all start and work fine. retried the kinect games, the xbox doesn't recognize they are in the drive. called xbox suppory at 11:00 this morning. 6 hours later, 5 flummoxed tech, 2 supervisors, and NOTHING!!! my xbox is working fine (with xbox disks) the kinect is working (captures my image and movements) BUT THE CONSOLE DOES NOT RECOGNIZE THE KINECT GAMES! everyone i spoke with and troubleshooted with at microsoft can't explain the issue - at first they tried to blame my console but after repeatedly playing xbox games they had to admit it was working fine. so it is a compatability issue between xbox and kinect - meaning unless you have a new xbox, the connect doesn't work properly. i'm out money for the games i bought, although i can still return the kinect as i bought it this week. but i am furious at their lack of action - they either need to stop advertising that it works will ALL xboxes or fix the problem (at their own expense) when it doesn't. sure, i can spend $100 to fix my console (which isn't broken), or i can upgrade to a new console (add another $200+) but that is the only solution they will give me. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY - microsoft KNOWS there are issues but isn't interested in fixing them. after searching on the internet today i saw that the bbc has written an article about it, as well as the guardian. not sure why microsoft isn't legally forced to deal with the issue that kinect seems to be destroying and or not working with about 30% of older xboxes, all the while advertising that they do.
"I'm Obsessed."on by MadameCupcake
Pros No additional controllers, wires, or crap to worry about. Very responsive and accurate so far. Gets me sweating more than the Wii ever did. SO MUCH FUN.
Cons Does need a good bit of room, and shouldn't be mounted higher than six feet, which was a bummer since we were thinking to put it on top of our wall-mounted TV.
Summary I am in love with this thing. We have a 50-inch plasma and a big living room, so really we are ideally situated for this particular system. I can't stop playing, it's very accurate and so much fun, there are so many possibiliities with something like this! It comes with an Adventure game that looks awesome but I haven't tried, we have been playing Dance Central, which is totally addicting and has great dance songs. I can't wait to get some fitness games. LOVE IT!!!
"waste of time"on by jeremys18
Pros it can "see" me
Cons everything from lag, to glitches to not tracking at all.
Summary dont waste ur time or money. go with the ps3 eyetoy thingy. wait till xbox fixes the kinect or updates it!
Pros Interactivity--I could say more but when you *are* the game, it's really all there is.
The hand-wave menus on ESPN and other video applications. So cool.
The voice-recognition menu. It's utterly brilliant.
Cons Would like an even wider game playing field
The jump-in/jump-out feature doesn't work as well if you aren't a familiar figure to the camera
Game availability (though this isn't really a fair criticism since it's new)
Summary The first time you saw someone carrying a mobile phone that wasn't the size of a Sear catalogue, you knew it was the future. The first time you saw someone checking their e-mail on something called a "Blackberry" that was blue, you knew it was the future. The first time you logged on to the Internet and you saw CNN or National Geographic or searched for information, you knew it was the future. And the first time you use the Kinect, play with it, use it for video and other applications, you know this is the future. Is it perfect yet? Of course not. I'd like it recognize instantaneously when using my hand control as opposed to deciding too quickly that I am not. I'd like it have a bit wider field so I can play in one area and then sit down on my couch and have it still find me. But that's like criticizing an iPhone because the video stream is sometimes a little herky-jerky---as someone once said, folks this is the worst the technology is ever going to be!
I am not a gamer and never have been. The only other system I have owned was a PS1 which I won in a contest. I played it for a while but eventually put it down as it just wasn't for me to sit down and play games for hours, no matter how fun it seemed. However with an active 8 year-old son combined with the fun we've had playing other peoples Wiis, I decided to get one and take advantage of the nice pricing. However, just hours away from my Wii purchased I began noticing advertising for the Kinect. I poked around online, saw all the demos, noticed the price point wasn't too steep over the Wii (an extra $100), and decided to give it a go, purchasing from Best Buy because of their excellent return policy. If I didn't like it, I'd bring it back and get the Wii which I know I'll like. Well, this is not going back, ever. It's a gamechanger. You will wonder why you should ever hold a controller again. You will demand that more games come out immediately. You will insist that the NFL, MLB, NASCAR, and every shoot-em-up you've ever played to come out with a Kinect version instantly. You will get happily exhausted playing games, you will lose weight, you will have more fun playing a game than you have ever had. And if you do get tired and want a break and still want to play games, well, it's still an XBox so put in your favorite controller game and sit back for a while.
But believe me when I say, Believe the Hype. It is the future and we get to play it now.
Pros - No controller.
- Cool way to navigate menus.
Cons - Laggy to a point of infuriation.
- Spacial requirements are out of hand.
- Won't work with core experiences.
- Menu navigation is slow and cumbersome.
Summary The problem with Kinect is that without a button, direct input isn't possible. Games like Gears of War 2, Halo, and Fable are what define the console for me, and to not be able to play these with a $150 peripheral in any way is a huge waste. The games the Kinect does have, and has been announced to have for the next year, are all mindless and are as simple and standing still while moving the arms and legs in certain ways. The lag is really a problem, and at times it feels like you have to adapt to understanding how to do motions before they are needed to make up for it.
This device completely fails to target the market of the Xbox 360, and I think Microsoft did a horrible job of recognizing that. I do not recommend this device to anyone, and once the price is under $100, I can recommend it to families with young children, but nothing else.
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