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Microsoft Kinect - 10 Things You Should Know

  • Nov 6, 2010
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The long awaited Kinect for the Microsoft Xbox console was finally released to much fanfare today. It will probably be the biggest selling video game accessory this holiday season. The Microsoft Kinect will probably be the biggest selling product this holiday season. What is so great about it. Are there any problems with the Kinect?

In a nutshell, this is what you should know about the Microsoft Xbox Kinect:

1. The Kinect plugs into the Microsoft Xbox video game console. Players can then play all Kinect games without use of controllers. The Kinect has microphones, cameras and sensors which can take in everything happening in the room. You control the games just by moving.

2. Many more games, especially sports, can be made for the Kinect, than for the Wii, because the Wii was limited to what could be monitored with one hand. Try downhill skiing for great fun.

3. You can also control the Microsoft Kinect through voice commands. This includes not only the video games but everything else you do with Xbox 360 Live, such as chosing a movie to watch. Very cool.

4. The Microsoft Kinect games only work when you are moving. What an incredible way to get exercise. I don't have my own yet, but I've been to a few demo parties, and there was a great deal of sweating going on. The new saying will be, "The family that plays together, sweats together".

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November 06, 2010
Thanks for sharing these tips! Perfect timing for this review- @TeamAWAC just asked this question about Kinect versus Playstation Move.
November 06, 2010
Thanks for the tip about @TeamAWAC. I just replied to his question.
November 06, 2010
Thanks for responding to him...he's been waiting a little while and I felt bad I couldn't help!
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Coming this holiday 2010, Kinect will turn YOU into the controller for games and entertainment, and it will work with every Xbox 360. Unlike 2-D cameras and controllers, Kinect tracks your full body movement in 3-D, while responding to commands, directions, even a difference of emotion in your voice.
  • You are the controller. Kinect provides a whole new way to play. It uses a sensor to track your body movement and recognize your face, even listen to your voice. If you know how to move your hands, shake your hips, or speak, you and your friends will be able to jump instantly into any Kinect experience.
  • Full-body play. Kinect provides a new way to play where you use all parts of your body — head, hands, feet and torso. When you're the controller, you don't just control the superhero, you are the superhero. Full-body tracking allows the Kinect sensor to capture your movement, from head to toe, to give players a full-body gaming experience.
  • Personalized play. Kinect provides an in-game experience in which the player’s face and voice are recognized. Greet and speak to characters in the game, or simply step into view of the sensor to log into Xbox LIVE and connect with friends. Kinect is smart enough to remember voices and faces. Fun has never been so personalized.
  • Off-the-couch play. Kinect provides gameplay that gets you off the couch, on your feet and in the fun. Each Kinect experience is designed to get players moving, laughing, cheering and playing ...
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Brand: Microsoft Xbox
Category: Motion-sensing console

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