Announced last E3 2010, the Microsoft Kinect – previously known as Project Natal – is an upcoming add-on for the Xbox 360, one that will allow gamers to ditch their remote controls in favor of something more engaging, more interactive, and more exciting: their bodies.
Indeed, just like the Nintendo Wii.
But the technology that powers the Microsoft Kinect is very much different from that which sold millions of Nintendo Wii consoles for the past 4 years. Instead of a sensor that will monitor the movement of a remote control, you will get a virtual sensor-camera which will monitor the movement of the player’s body.
But as with every motion-sensing technology, the issue of accurate representation is always raised. The Nintendo Wii failed in this regard – 7 times out of 10 at the average – when it comes to responsive controls. How about the Xbox 360 Kinect?
Well, the games featured at E3 2010 are either awe-inspiring or filled with doubts.
The scene stealer of the show is most definitely Harmonix’s Dance Central. Think of Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution minus the need for the dance pad. This game had everyone dancing at E3, not because of its highly interactive game play, but because visual representation of actual real time movement was very, very accurate. Raise your hands and your onscreen avatar will raise his at the exact same time.
However, though there are Microsoft Kinect games which are destined to be legends, there are a number which raise some concerns amongst avid gamers this early. Fist part titles like Kinect Adventures and Kinect Sports, for example, showed horrendous lag when they were previewed at the Jimmy Fallon Show.
So, which system will rule the motion-controlled segment of the video game industry? Only time will tell, of course.
However, you can be the first to get a free Microsoft Kinect by visiting [http://www.getkinected.info]. The offer is open only to US residents.