Today, microsoft finally releases Kinect for XBOX 360 to the world. Last night at the Cross Roads of the World — there was a massive Dance Central marketing campaign. Hundreds of professional dancers took to the streets of Times Square and danced. You’ll realize that you’re about to embark on a unique gaming journey as soon as you calmly talk to your TV to change the menus, as soon as you gesture, “Minority Report” style, to sift through movies. The Kinect is the latest evolution in a craze that the Nintendo Wii started four years ago, but somehow, it still feels like it’s from 2020, not 2010.
At launch, there are about half a dozen games available for the Kinect, including Kinect Adventures, which comes boxed in with the hardware. If you’re thinking of laying down $150 for a Kinect (or more, for the Kinect-plus-Xbox bundle), we’ve gone hands-on with the entire launch line-up, to give you our thoughts on which games are worth investing in.
Kinect is a single piece of hardware that connects to Xbox 360 game consoles letting players use their bodies to interact with the system, eliminating the need for physical controllers. The Kinect sensor is a horizontal bar on top of a motorized pivot that houses three sensors that are used to track players’ movements and voice commands: a 640-by-480 RGB camera, a monochrome depth sensor, and a multi-array microphone. Unlike Sony’s motion-controlled PlayStation Move for the PS3, you don’t need to hold a controller to play.
The Kinect needs the extra power for a host of mechanical features. In addition to a pair of cameras, Kinect has a built-in microphone array that picks up sound, as well as a tiny motor. The motor automatically changes the angle of the camera based on the requirements of the game being played. This alleviates one of the shortcomings of the PS Move, which routinely needs to be shifted and moved and repositioned depending on the game.
You can get Kinect in a number of ways: Xbox 360 users can buy the Kinect sensor for $149.99. If you don’t have an Xbox, you can purchase Kinect in a bundle: There’s a $299 package that pairs the Kinect sensor with a 4GB Xbox 360, or a $399 package that includes a 250GB console along with the sensor.
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