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Kinect Demoed at Arizona Microsoft Store

An Xbox.com forum regular by the gamertag of “UndgnfiedWrshpr” has recently been able to test Microsoft’s upcoming Kinect device for the Xbox 360 whilst playing Kinect Sports. The hands-on, new hands off gaming preview took place at the Arizona Microsoft Store and he was kindly available to answer some of our questions.

Q1: Did you experience or notice any signs of lag whilst playing the Kinect Sports game?

The only game where lag was an issue was the Break Out game. The thing with the Hurdles is this. You don’t jump when you get in front of the hurdle. You jump when the hurdle turns green (which is a second before you get in front of the hurdle). This is obviously because there is lag, but they recognized it and put the green indicator, so it was no issue. I was able to clear every hurdle knowing this fact going into the game.

Q2: Were you at any time able to sit down and test Kinect whilst seated?

Great question. They did have a couch there, but I forgot to test that feature, besides the games I demoed all required full body motion. I was going to try joy ride and sit while doing it to test this, but didn’t get a chance. Sorry.

Q3: Did you notice anything that didn’t seem quite right?

The Break Out Game was not very good, but we have to remember that the demos are still only in beta form. I imagine it will be better on release date. Other then that, this is going to be awesome.

Q4: Do you think the retail price of $149.99 is worth it, and are you buying?

For sure buying this. I loved it and know my 4 year old and 3 year old will love it. I only got to try the games, not counting the video and voice control/recognition. Well worth it to me, and that is coming from someone that makes about $30,000 a year. I’m not rich and I am getting it - Game $60 + Kinect $90 = $150. So worth it!

Many thanks to UndgnfiedWrshpr for answering our questions and further demo videos are now available to view on his Youtube Channel

Kinect will be released on November 4th, 2010 for $149.99 / ÂŁ129.99 and includes Kinect Adventures.

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Microsoft’s Kinect could be a game-changing platform, if marketers and developers can connect the dots (pardon the wordplay). Not only does it provide unique opportunities for gaming and other more traditional forms of entertainment, but it also has high potential to affect commercial areas as diverse as retail, customer loyalty programs, fitness and education–enabled by various forms of augmented reality and social gaming.

For the rest of this interesting article by a recent Harvard grad, check out this post:
http://stevenduque.com/2010/07/kinecting-the-dots/

Comment by w0rms on 2010-07-23 21:50:58 | Reply

I’m in Phoenix. Going to go play it this weekend and check it out

Comment by manfid on 2010-07-24 06:42:26 | Reply

sure microsoft is overcharging… duh
everything they sold is 3x to 10x overprice
but gamers buy that expensive rock band and guitar hero packs
so… who knows?
maybe they had enough mindless fanboys who will buy anything, and a few more interested in it.
huge success… maybe, but they need a lot more than the fanboys.
maybe total failure like kin, but they had the price card, if not so good numbers come from the initial months, they can cut the price to $50 and still get profit on the webcam and a boost sales.

Comment by Colby on 2010-07-25 02:43:10 | Reply

You can’t really blame them. People will pay $150 for this. I can pretty much guarantee you it will sell out this holiday season. They are in the business to make money. If people will pay it why not charge it? Makes sense to me…Then like you said if they don’t pay it they can drop the price $50 boost sales and still make money. It is really win/win for them.

Comment by Zan Toplisek on 2010-07-25 03:40:04 | Reply

I don’t think there are releasing Kinect to make money but rather to test the device in the market to see if there’s enough interest out there. If there’s significant interest, they will make Kinect the integral part of the Xbox 360 successor. If not, they will focus on other stuff (maybe just specs like with the 360).

Comment by zarbor on 2010-07-27 02:37:11 | Reply

Why does everyone in these Kinect videos look like they are overdoing it? Seem hokie. Something tells me the lag is here to stay. Guess most casual gamers don’t care about lag any ways.

What I don’t understand with the lag, is how can you drive properly in Joy Ride - turning corners etc at the right moment. I have heard the software is improving all the time, maybe before release it’ll be a little less lag time?

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