30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Amazing, but comes with a few issues,
This review is from: Official Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
After queuing in the freezing cold for the Midnight Launch of Kinect at a high street retailer I got my hands on it and a selection of games. Took it home and set it up.
Now, installing it. It's easy, I did it half asleep at 1am without issue, that is until the size it requires. Ever since I started following this in E3 2009 I knew it needed a lot of space but I never realised exactly how much
You see, it says 6ft minimum, thats fine. But then you need 8ft minimum for 2 players, bit tight in our living room but its possible. However you find getting the camera to see both the tops of your heads and your feet at the same time can be tricky. I tried the camera below my TV and it worked generally okay, moved it onto a TrackIR stand ontop of my TV and it worked good but found if i walk a few paces towards the TV, the camera wouldn't be able to see the top of my head
I don't see this yet being a problem as for both me and my partner there is just about enough room for us both to play, true sometimes we have to lean backwards over the sofa in some games and/or parts of us go out of the cameras view causing us to fall out of sync with the game, but the real problem will be when we have people over. I mean, Kinect will/should shine when you have guests, right? Well when we have people over they will want to sit on our sofa, meaning falling over their legs causing drinks and food to be spilt and no doubt us landing on them backside first and putting us into an embarrasing position
It's not all doom and gloom mind. I only take away 1 star due to the above as it's more of a problem for Microsoft as it will limit who can use the device, in particular kids/teens wanting it in their bedrooms will most likely be out of luck
On a plus side, I think the price is reasonable(if they ensure good game support in the future and the device has a long life span). It does track quite well give or take(as per issues above). The games are very involving, i'm loving Kinect Sports right now, it's a great experience and the Wii really has tough competition.
Ah the Wii, of course the console Kinect gets compared to. Well I on a personal note prefer Kinect. It's more thrilling, interactive, engaging, better looking and has better multiplayer capabilities. It's more streamlined and does more than "sense motion". For example in dancing games and fitness games its easy to fool the Wii with the Wiimote, but with Kinect, it can see if your not doing it properly.
I highly recommend this item, but please measure your living room. Both length from the camera but also width. Ensuring you allow some extra for "elbow space"
Our living room from sensor to sofa edge is: 9ft 3 and width from wall to other sofa is: 6ft < I really wouldn't go any smaller than that as its really tight. I also disagree with people giving the item one star as they've found their living room/bedrooms to be too small, research before you buy. It's a camera obviously it will only have a limited range/viewing angle and i'm sure Microsoft will update the technology as and when