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.
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...
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.
Summary: Of course the question all this raises is why anyone would want to wave their hands around and take twice as long to do what they already can, with greater accuracy and speed, using a gamepad or remote control. The answer is they wouldn't. For show, yes, or spectacle at a party or family gathering, but for practical everyday gaming, Kinect comes across as a wonderful idea with tremendous potential, but one that's still in need of a smarter interface and better controls.
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
Summary: Kinect is a no doubt going to be a game changer. If for no other reason than it places the Xbox 360 in the same arena as the Nintendo Wii, and even raises Nintendo's hand. In terms of show-stopping prowess the likes of Dance Central, Kinect Sports, and Kinect Adventures get the message across: it's about body control.