Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect: Review Round-Up

Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect: Review Round-Up

Microsoft’s highly-anticipated Kinect device is finally being released in the United States today (Thursday, November 4th), and it looks like the early reviews are just starting to come in. In fact, I thought I would take a look at a few of the said reviews, to see what people’s first impressions were.

The very first review I thought I would take a look at is from Ross Miller, over at engadget.com. As noted in this review, the Kinect device recommends that users should be at least 6-8 feet away from the sensor to be able to play the games, and you can’t have any furniture in the way either.

This might not necessarily be so easy, especially if you live in a small apartment. After setting the Kinect up in several different locations, this reviewer said that none of them seemed completely right. This reviewer says that the menu system has not been designed with ease of use in mind.

The next review comes from Jeff Bakalar over at cnet.com. This review appears to list more bad points than good points, including the fact that the device needs a lot of space to work and also requires a separate power supply if being used with older versions of the Xbox 360 console.

Finally, I took a look at a review from Scott Lowe over at uk.gear.ign.com. This reviewer gave the Kinect device 7.5 out of 10, describing it as a bit of an eyesore. It may be big and bulky, but it’s definitely well constructed. However, the calibration process may become a problem.

Although the Kinect is designed for all ages, this reviewer claims that the setup process is quite intensive. On the upside however are the voice commands, which are much simpler. Another great feature is the video conferencing, which allows users to make video calls to other Kinect users.

You can read the full reviews via the links provided above. Will you be buying the Kinect? We’d be interested in hearing your opinions on this new device.

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