"Awesome Ground-Breaking Technology!!"4.5 starson by sapper6
Pros: No controller needed; you use your body to control the game on the screen.
Very Accurate, a little lag sometimes, but not much.
Very Physical; I was ashamed that after playing Kinect Adventures for 20 minutes I was smoked
Gets you off of your couch
Cons: Sometimes the motion sensing is inaccurate (I heard it varies from game to game)
Video Chat quality could be better
Summary: I am so glad that I bought this. I actually sold my old XBOX, and bought the $399 XBOX S-Kinect Bundle. It's a great value because the new XBOX is $299, and the Kinect is $149 (if you can even get the stand alone unit). My girlfriend and I had so much fun playing this together. The included adventures game actually takes pictures of you while you are playing. It's so funny to see how stupid you look while your jumping in the air, or crouching low to play the game. I can't wait to see what the dance game, and sports game is like. If you have kids they will absolutely love this!
The menu command is limited to Kinect hub which allows you to launch a few apps such as ESPN. The voice command works very well. I was impressed with the ability to use the Kinect in lieu of a headset. I fired up Call of Duty Black Ops and was using my Kinect to communicate with the party. I was sitting about 8 feet from the unit and my buddies could hear me perfectly. I also had my TV blaring, and somehow the Kinect's microphone did not communicate that sound to my teammates. It must have a few directional mics.
The video chat quality could be better. I hope Microsoft finds a way to get Skype on board so I can Skype using my Kinect instead of using my computer. One cool thing about the video is that ithe Kinect automatically will follow you around the room. If someone else gets into your picture, it will crop out to include them. It will crop closer on you when the other person leaves the room. I found this truly amazing. One thing I did find out from calling Microsoft is that the Kinect will not move left and right, but it will move up and down. Apparently it has a motor to move up and down but not side to side. They said also not to force the sensor to either move up and down or side to side. It looks like you can turn it to the left and right manually, but they said not to do that. I'll probably spring for the attachment to put it up on my TV.
One thing that is scary is that you always have a camera looking at you. At first I saw that it was always on looking at me whenever my XBOX was on. Let's face it, we don't want to make steamy videos for the government, or some perv who can hack into our XBOX. I found a way to turn the sensor off. If you go to settings, then Kinect Sensor, the first option is to turn the sensor off and on. I leave it off unless I am actually going to use it. I also turn it to face the wall because I am paranoid (lol).
Well if you are looking for a great Holiday gift for someone that already has an XBOX $149 is spent well here.