Microsoft’s Kinect impresses; appears to be a step ahead of Nintendo Wii and Sony Move

kinectWhat Nintendo pioneered through Wii’s wand-like controllers that let you play video games more physically, Sony has copied with Move. But Microsoft may already be a step ahead of both, as Kinect lets you play video games without any controller at all.

The $150 device connects to your Xbox and used advanced technology like voice-recognition and motion-sensory to immerse players in a brand new gaming experience. Kinect has been heavily touted by Microsoft, and early reviews actually say the hype is justified. But there are, of course, some drawbacks.

Cons

First of all, there are only 10 titles for Kinect, and while this will obviously grow, for a long time yet it’s going to have a very limited selection of games. Secondly, you need a big room. In a world where more and more homeowners are moving into smaller urban condos, the Kinect distinctly favours those with suburban mansions boasting expansive living rooms. Plus, the technology is new, and new technology is almost always glitchy. The voice recognition system has yet to recognize a lot of basic commands, and players may get frustrated with the reduced reliability that comes from motion sensory over controller hardware.

Pros

Kinect is pushing for a revolution over an evolution, dramatically altering the console gaming landscape permanently. It’s a new way to experience video games that is more apt to appeal to adults and families and create a physical and social environment. The device is surprisingly affordable, especially when bundled with a new Xbox, and the technology can only improve from here.

All in all, it’s a bold and interesting new product from Microsoft, a company that has struggled in recent years to maintain relevance. Xbox users are pleased to see that not only is Microsoft prepared to match Wii’s and Sony’s video game capabilities, it may very well beat them.