Summary: Verdict: Kinect is a fantastic accessory that will extend the Xbox 360's user base to new audiences. That said, for the moment there's no killer game that will make the Xbox 360's current fan base run down to stores with their wallets. This is compounded by the fact that the Kinect on its own retails for US $190, almost the full retail price of the least expensive Xbox 360 console.
Pros: Exceptional tracking capabilities, even basic games are hugely fun when playing with friends and family, easy-to-setup.
Cons: You’ll need a lot of space and a well lit room for the best results, expensive, lacks a killer title at the moment.
Excerpt: Coming Soon: Look for a chance to win an Xbox 360 with Kinect in the January 2011 issue of Boys’ Life magazine. Microsoft’s Kinect was released to great fanfare, including a party in New York’s Times Square. But does the cool, high-tech camera that lets you play games without a controller really deliver the goods? It certainly does—with a few exceptions. Kinect itself looks really futuristic. And it’s easy to set up.
Conclusion: Kinect isn't a hardcore peripheral. Developers aren't going to be able to create the deep, compelling experiences hardcore gamers crave without the privilege of using buttons. However, if dancing or getting in shape is your passion, then Kinect is going to open up a whole new world of possibilities untouched by Wii or Move.
Excerpt: When Microsoft first announced Kinect in 2009, they promised a device that would do nothing short of showering players with miracles. Want to play a racing game? Hold your hands out in front of you, pretend you’re holding a steering wheel, and voilà! You’re playing a racing game. Not only would Kinect recognize faces and voices and allow gamers to hold invisible steering wheels, it would also do the Wii one better by exorcising the game controller from the experience...
Summary: "You are the controller." It sounds so simple, so friendly, so patently cool. Take an Xbox 360, plug in the new Kinect motion-sensing camera, devote a few minutes to waving your arms around like a traffic controller, and you're gaming without a gamepad.
Excerpt: When I first saw the Kinect in action , back when it was still known as Project Natal, I thought it looked like a gimmick and little else. It seemed to have potential, but potential doesn’t sell units, and the possibilities of what may come weren’t going to replace my beloved buttons. After using the Kinect at E3, my opinion was strengthened, and after playing a game where the whole point was to slide a root beer down a bar top, I left convinced that the Kinect would not...
Pros: Just plain fun, Limitless potential, could move beyond gaming., New, innovative technology will only get better
Cons: $150 price on top of Xbox 360 console, Half-second of inherent lag, Fairly basic games, Only handles two players at a time
Excerpt: The shiny new Kinect is here. The star child of Microsoft certainly gives you a feeling of wonderment when first trying this technological wonder. While the device certainly is an item that bridges much of the age gap in gaming, maybe even bringing families together for active playtime in the home, one can only hope that it inspires more than the novelty games.