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!