It appears that Microsoft has a hit on their hands with their new Xbox Kinect. Amazon has sold out their inventory and is selling them through their Featured Merchants network. Of course Ebay has them which is normal for popular items that sell out. Why is it such a hit? By getting rid of the controller, the Xbox Kinect puts you right in the middle of the game. No controller, no joy stick; you become the avatar for the game. You make that avatar come to life right on your TV. With this, you break what is known as the “fourth wall” of gaming, taking you deeper and further into the gaming experience. Your interaction with the game will change the way you look at motion control.
It moves with self tracking, through its infrared; and red, blue, and green camera. It makes every game you play so much more enjoyable, and a real experience like no other. If friends come over while you’re playing this, they can jump right in, no restarting necessary. With its 48 point tracking and its amazing facial recognition software, it is further blurring the line between the gaming world and the real one.
If you and some friends feel like staying in and watching a movie, you can just say “Netflix” out loud, and the Kinect will load your Netflix right on your Xbox, letting you choose what movie you want with a simple wave of your hand, or just saying the title of the movie you wish to see.
What’s that, the pizza guy just rang the door bell? Just reach up and “grab” the pause button in thin air, or say “pause” and your game will stop, so you can run out to answer the door.
The Xbox Kinect is changing the home entertainment experience in new and innovative ways. It’s not just for the younger crowd, either. It even appeals to people of all ages by getting them off the couch and into the game. This is the kind of thing that people see, then just have to try for themselves.
The closest thing to the new Xbox Kinect is the Nintendo Wii. Unlike the Wii, the Kinect doesn’t have controllers. The Kinect offers much more versatility with your freedom of movement. You actually feel as though you are part the game, as opposed to just being beside it.
The Sony PS3 also has movement capture technology, but it also has controllers, limiting your interaction with the game. With the Xbox Kinect, it’s set up to link to multiple platforms within the Windows empire. Your Windows phone, Live Messenger, and other devices, all interact with the Xbox Kinect, using its cutting-edge technology.
The launch titles that come with it are truly one of the coolest ones out there. The Kinect comes with Kinect Adventures which allow the whole family can get into the game. With the 20 levels and the amazing interaction with you and the game, you and your family are sure to have a good time. Leave it Microsoft to know exactly what the next generation of entertainment will be. Get a jump on the Microsoft Xbox Kinect this holiday season, and give your family the ultimate gaming and home entertainment experience.