Kinect Review

Kinect Review

Below you will find a selection of the Kinect reviews that are out already. With each Kinect review the conclusion is quoted, so you can read the scoop of what other websites think, right from this page. Expect our Kinect Review to be up as soon as Kinect becomes available in Europe too!

IGN Kinect review

As high as our hopes may be for the future of Kinect, we still have to look it as it exists today, and there are definitely some issues standing in the way of its true potential. The system requires a lot from users in order to work effectively, and rearranging your room to play games is far from ideal. Delay between the player’s and the screen is also a significant problem, and while many may not notice, it will certainly stand in the way of more advanced gaming applications.

On the other hand, Kinect can be a tremendous amount of fun for casual players, and the creative, controller-free concept is undeniably appealing.

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Kotaku Kinect review

It was ironic that in searching for an electric socket in which to plug my Kinect a week ago, I had to unplug my Wii. I now need to find a second socket. Kinect doesn’t replace the Wii any more than it does an Xbox controller. It’s not even a sure thing as a games platform, not until it has its first great game. But it doesn’t have to be. If Kinect becomes nothing more than a replacement for the TV remote, it’ll prove to be a winner. For its launch price, though, it needs to be more. If Microsoft keeps supporting it, and if its flaws can be patched and improved through software, Kinect can be revolutionary.

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Gizmodo Kinect review

I’m conflicted. Although the potential of the Kinect platform is evident, it’s still unclear how more mainstream titles like Gears of War or Dead Rising or Fable can use these new gaming mechanics. Will you act out chainsawing soldiers and zombies with an invisible saw in your hand? Will you gesture and wave to your peasants as you stroll down the streets as king?

It’s also hard to justify the $150 price tag right now—especially when you need to purchase a whole raft of new games at $50 a pop just to use the thing. You also need a lot of space—way more than either the Wii or PlayStation Move requires, and this is a big problem.

Having only 1 title out of 17 launch games truly do something compelling and new isn’t a very good launch, especially for people who don’t like dance games. Right now, the answer to the fundamental question of “are you having fun with Kinect” is, unfortunately, “not really.” Unless you like dance games. The potential is there, but you need to think of Kinect like the launch of a new console: Wait until the games you really want are available—or maybe even the next generation.

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CNN Kinect review

I didn’t get to test out the 11 other games that Microsoft says will use the new controller. But my experience with the initial six titles shows where Kinect will shine and where it will stumble. Games that feature full-body movement make best use of what Kinect can offer. Syncing up your movements with the movements on the screen is a lot easier and more natural with Kinect than with a normal controller.

It’s also hard to compare the Kinect to Sony’s Move — the two systems are like apples and oranges.

I was pleasantly surprised and amused by Kinect‘s ability to record video while you are playing. While I was doing hurdles in “Kinect Sports'” track and field, my kitten decided to join the fun and began jumping as I jumped. Needless to say, the resulting video of us provided many laughs after the game.

But games that would be better enhanced with a physical device in hand feel flat. On Kinect, they’re just not up to the demands that players make from those types of games. You will probably not enjoy racing games and first-person shooter games as much with Kinect that you do with regular controllers.

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Joystiq Kinect review

For all the talk of revolutionizing the Xbox 360 experience and making gaming more natural / accessible, it’s bordering on absurd how broken Kinect is when it comes to something as simple as working in your home. I find the technology itself fascinating, but the fact that I know a lot of people who simply won’t get Kinect to work in their rooms beyond troubling. Given that Microsoft conducted a beta program with actual consumers, this issue is doubly surprising, but it could just be that Kinect just works that way (or doesn’t, given your room) and there’s no way short of redesigning the sensor to fix it.
If Kinect does work for you, congratulations: you have what amounts — for now — to a novelty peripheral that is in no way geared towards the day-one buyer or “core” gamer. Microsoft conceived a potential game-changer with Project Natal, it just seems like Kinect was born prematurely.

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ars technica Kinect review

The Kinect, in a vacuum, is a cool piece of tech. The games are fun, although very few of them are worth the asking price. It’s also clear just how limited the technology is. The Move and the Wiimote can do so much more when it comes to controlling games, and that’s because of one thing: buttons.

It’s telling that when I play a game with the Move after spending a week with the Kinect everything seems more satisfying with the Move. The cursor has less lag on the screen. When I want to make a selection I just hit a button instead of hovering it over my selection for a few moments. Without buttons, there are many things the Kinect can’t let you control, which makes the games feel dumbed down in places. A core game like a third- or even first-person shooter? Nearly impossible. Look at how many games here have your character standing still, or being on a moving platform, or the game does things for you because there is no way to control them with motion? It’s a major problem, and it’s unclear whether or not anyone has a solution. I’d love to be proven wrong.

We had fun with the games and the hardware, but $150 for the camera and $50 per game? Not yet. Close, but not yet.

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USA Today Kinect review

Kinect does a solid job of keeping its attention on the main player, but it was inconsistent on occasion. When my cat walked by my foot, Kinect mistook it for movement and my avatar’s leg started shaking out of control. It leaves me wondering what happens when several people occupy the space.

Price is another key factor. The sensor, which includes a copy of Kinect Adventures, sells for $150. Consumers new to the Xbox 360 can purchase a Kinect bundle that includes the console for $299 (4 GB hard drive) or $399 (250 GB). However, it’s difficult not to be impressed by Kinect. It will be interesting to see how game developers make use of this technology. Still, for those players afraid to take the plunge into video games, this might be the chance to connect.

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Shacknews Kinect review

Kinect lands a solid hit with the tech but its real-world practicality remains in question to me. All of the current games are intended to be use in a full-size recommended play space. That will require special setup for many. It also means that when I’m not “Kinecting” I most likely won’t have the sensor setup, rendering all the gee-whiz navigation functionality moot. When Kinect becomes the device that lets me sit on the couch and interact with my 360 and some games it will earn a permanent place on my gaming center, until then it’s reserved for group game night.

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Techradar Kinect review

We like Kinect a lot. But it’s not a perfect product by any means, and many hardcore gamers out there are going to be disappointed by it. However, we think it’s an impressive piece of technology, and in the months and years ahead we envisage it spawning some truly revolutionary games. For the moment though, the launch titles seem a bit weak and that £125 price tag looks just a bit too much.

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Kinect won’t cater to the hard-core gaming market — it’s just not accurate enough. But it’s rollicking great fun. Exhausting and ridiculous, you’re guaranteed a giggle if you get the kids involved or set it up at your next party. Just bear in mind that you’ll need plenty of space.
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If you’re excited at the prospect of Kinect, or simply love new gaming hardware, you should absolutely pick a unit up. The sci-fi frisson of new technology it provides is something we haven’t experienced in the last five years, and if you’re that way inclined, it’s worth the £130. At that price it’s a lot cheaper than the only current alternative, a 3D telly. There are some good, if not great, games available right away, and it’s a wonderful family toy.

If you’re a floating voter, you should wait. Kinect will get better with time and its defining games are still to come. Here’s hoping Microsoft and its partners can rise to the challenge of this new form of gaming better than most have with the Wii. Kinect deserves it.

That’s it for the experts but if you want you can head to the forums and tell us what you think about Kinect by writing your own Kinect review! If you’ve made up your mind after reading these Kinect reviews, then please check pricing and availability in your country of the Kinect here.