Xbox Kinect launches, strong holiday sales expected

By Mike ยท 51 replies
Nov 4, 2010
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  1. taea00

    taea00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    Kinect has so much potential, but I think this is just Microsoft being Microsoft and over the next few months we'll learn it's no where near what Microsoft is proclaiming it to be. It also brings up questions for numerous games. Such as FPS games, how are you able to shoot? They need to get some software that has accessories with it and it'll detect the accessories, or combine the controller with the Kinect to be able to use the buttons on the controller.
  2. Afenix

    Afenix TS Member Posts: 55

    150$ is too much for me. Well it's better than compared to the EU price which is about 130 pounds!
    I live in a second economical range country, and that's just too much. I'll wait till it goes down to 100$ maybe.
  3. n00bzZy

    n00bzZy TS Enthusiast Posts: 39

    Why would you want such crap on PC? Keep the PC for real games and gamers, not this crap. Move Facebook games to Kinect too.
  4. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91


    Ah, it's great when people just say the things I would say.
  5. omega00

    omega00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 38

    I'm wondering if the issue with poor facial detection due to darker skin tones could be rectified with better lighting during game play. One solution to this problem would be to attach detection points on a poorly detected persons face and body. However, such a solution would take away from Kinect's fun factor and ease of use. Plus, such a solution would not be accepted favorably in social terms.
  6. Upon1

    Upon1 TS Rookie

    Is anyone actually going to buy the Kinect? I think they're too late to enter the "wireless motion" market. The Wii has been out for years, and while the Kinect is an improved version, I think Microsoft has missed their mark, same with Sony.
  7. thedrelle

    thedrelle TS Enthusiast Posts: 61   +12

    There is a great deal of potential with the kinect, but i am going to wait and see what kind of software comes out before i consider buying it.
  8. b44g6

    b44g6 TS Rookie Posts: 18

    I think its gonna make a buz for while then everybody will prefer a controller, people are lazy, they prefer moving fingers than there whole body to a play game, (how cool is it if it comes with a hologram controller!), the only good part is that the interface control will be a lot fun and easy,
  9. fwilliams

    fwilliams TS Rookie Posts: 99

    make sure you buy one right away
    do not wait for games to be written or for real reviews to come out
    Microsoft needs your money now more then ever
  10. Johny47

    Johny47 TS Rookie Posts: 157

    I think Kinect won't sell very well because of the crappy Wii looking games that are out up until and around Christmas, the only good fun looking one is Dance Central and that's just my opinion.

    It's a shame because the technology is very good but unless Microsoft developed something revolutionary from 'the ground up' for Kinect then it's just going to fail.
  11. Demons

    Demons TS Enthusiast Posts: 54

    I've learned my lesson from being an early adapter before. I think I will wait until they work out some of the bugs, prices drop, and there are a few more games available. It does look like an exciting product though. I imagine that I will eventually get one.
  12. momir

    momir TS Rookie

    I'll wait for my brother to buy a LED tv,Kinect will have more sense then since i'm playing on a 22" LCD monitor,but i'm looking forward to acquiring it very soon...
  13. Nirkon

    Nirkon TS Enthusiast Posts: 202

    Isn't Microsoft supposed to test their products before the ship them out? Don't they
    have any black developers?....
  14. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    I'll wait it out and see what Microsoft has planned down the road. It's pretty obvious that this launch was geared towards the more casual friendly with family games and not core gamers like most of us. What peaked my interest though was the discussion of hybrid games (Kinect + Controller), which if done right could be amazing. [LINK]

    On top of that one the greatest things with Kinect is what it could accomplish outside of gaming. Kinect clearly has a lot of potential and I don't see why Microsoft won't exploit it and bring this product beyond gaming.

    Regarding the "racist" Kinect issue, it has already been debunked over at Consumers Report. They attribute the issue to low-level lighting which is pretty much identical to the racist HP laptops that the media discovered last year. [LINK]
  15. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    I have always said this is gonna fail. Maybe I am wrong. I can't see ''hardcore'' Gamers using this,
  16. Guru1294

    Guru1294 TS Rookie Posts: 32

    Wow, the Dark skin issue better be fixed or im gonna be in a big debate whether i should get it or not!!
    still i like where Microsoft is going with this and although they did copy nintendo, a little, they still made it pretty well. Although im not so sure whether they'd be able to sell 5 million units
  17. spyx

    spyx TS Rookie Posts: 57

    Not surprising at all kinect seems awesome I guess there isnt really a reason for not getting it unless u already have a wii or u dont wanna pay alot of money (150) if u have an xbox or 399-499 without....
  18. *Microsoft Employee*
  19. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Check out my link, the issue is with lighting over all. And not being recognized doesn't impair your ability to play from my understanding just your recognition in regards to your Avatar.
  20. Just whack on some shoe polish on your face and then you can sue MS
  21. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    You can use this on any xbox 360 from what I read. I will be buying one on black friday, this is the main reason I bought a xbox off ebay a few months back :). To all you dark skinnies clown make up ftw?
  22. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    Btw it only mentions it having an issue with face recognition, thats probably just for logging on, you can do that with a controller, I doubt you will use your face in game lol. Maybe bewitched the game or something.
  23. UT66

    UT66 TS Rookie Posts: 143

    strong sales expected? lol, they better wait seated!
  24. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,378   +168

    @gobbybobby, it's entirely possible that hardcore gamers aren't going to use it, but then again, hardcore gamers aren't that enthusiastic about the Wii, and it sold much better than the other consoles. I bet Microsoft is counting on the same effect. Let's fact it, hardcore gamers are a minority. Not on the 360 (or PS3) currently, but they could become so even there.

    I think that Kinect can be useful for certain types of games, i.e., those where full body motion is natural. Dance games are an obvious example. Can't see it taking over hardcore games, though.
  25. kevin1212

    kevin1212 TS Rookie Posts: 45

    I think its pathetic what sony and microsoft are doing... some of those games are identical to those on the wii, they're by no means new or unique. I'll accept the new ideas but i'm not seeing a lot of those.

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