Xbox 360’s Kinect is giving a whole new meaning to gaming. Why is that? Because you will be gaming with no controller at all. Only your movements and voice control the game. The hardware component of the Kinect includes a color video camera, an infrared emitter, and a sensor that gives it depth perception, a microphone that finds out where you are in the room and a microprocessor to help things run. The software component digests data in real-time from 48 points on the body, plus audio input, and delivers perfectly smooth game control.
Kinect is a whole new way to play, share, communicate, and interact with your Xbox 360.
What is Kinect?
Kinect is a new technology that will change the face of video games forever. Kinect will turn you into the controller for games and entertainment, and it will work with every Xbox 360. Kinect brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary new ways, with full-body play. Arms, legs, feet, and hands, with Kinect there are no controllers, just you. It’s so natural, so intuitive that technology evaporates, letting the natural magic in all of us shine through. All you need to do is jump in.
Why will it be good for your Xbox 360?
Kinect will be good for your Xbox 360 as unlike 2-D cameras and controllers, Kinect will be able to track your full body movement all in a 3-D motion responding to voice and movement commands. “Kinect works with your Xbox 360 to bring you extraordinary entertainment experiences. Kinect’s unique sensor and specially designed games transform full-body movement into gameplay. And the great news is Kinect works with every Xbox 360 console”
Will it be as easy to use as the Nintendo Wii?
As we have found with the Nintendo Wii, there were a lot of lazy ways to play the motion game but as far as the Kinect goes there will not be an option to cut corners, as it picks up from 48 points on the body that will be able to identify if you are sat down trying to play tennis or stood up trying to drive, etc.
Will Kinect be playable over Xbox Live?
Kinect will be available online where you can compete against each other in head to head games, single and multiplayer as well as communication with friends and family.
Multiplayer games online or split-screen?
There is a multiplayer mode for the online link via Xbox live where you can compete against friends and family or there will be a split-screen multiplayer mode but all this will vary from game to game.
What will communication be like?
Microsoft has confirmed that Kinect will have a video and voice chat application that can support up to four users at once where participants will be able to share photos with each other, with face recognition available so that only you will be able to get into your profile. This makes the connection and shareability easy and controllable.
Will the voice recognition be worth it?
Yes, voice recognition will be worth it. This is a whole new kettle of fish, which can pick up on the pitches and tones of your voice as well as a difference of emotion in your voice.
This will make gameplay twice as much fun. Imagine being in a game of family versus friends and everyone’s shouting out answers to win points. Also, there is a voice chat element that goes along with the video chat element.
With the slogan “Here today. Ready for tomorrow.” and the comment of American film director and producer “Steven Spielberg” This is a pivotal moment that will carry with it a wave of change, the ripples of which will reach far beyond video games”. We get the feeling that the Microsoft Kinect for the Xbox 360 is a journey into a new experience and new dimensions of home entertainment, that is well worth looking into.