It’s November 10th 2010, and the Xbox 360 Kinect has recently been released just in time for the holiday season. A visit to the Best Buy store if you live in the US or any other electronic store in your home country and you can sample what all the fuss is about.
In recent years video gaming has moved more towards motion game control. It started off with the Nintendo Wii in 2006 with the Wii controls. Sony PlayStation joined the party with Sony PlayStation move. And now finally after all the hype, the Kinect for the XBox 360 has made it’s entrance.
In this article we will look at what makes the kinect console worth having this holiday season.
XBox 360 Kinect
One major difference between the Kinect and other competitor consoles is that it’s totally hands free. There are no hand controls, all you need to do is act out the motions in front of it’s built in camera. The new XBox console uses a small camera and an infrared sensor that tracks a players movement in front of a screen.
There are gamers, who are not necessarily enthused by getting too involved in any video play and prefer consoles where they can sit, relax and play. If this is you, the new Kinect console is certainly not for you.
The new console is aimed at getting you more involved with the game. It is more family and friends orientated where you can play with each other, and against others online. The sensor technology is pretty good. 9 out of 10 is a fair assessment. There is a very slight delay in motion, but you probably won’t even notice it.
In terms of games available, there are some good sports, dance and fitness games. I had the chance of trying out Kinectimals and I have to say it was great fun. It’s really fun for younger kids to learn about animals, movements, commands and play at the same time. Impressive.
The XBox 360 kinect comes in either the 250GB or 4GB memory. The 250GB is priced less than $400 at most stores and 4GB at less than $300. If you are going to purchase online, try getting a seller to provide free shipping.
The kinect is yet to come out with any action or war type games. If you are into those games, you will have to wait until they get released. A fighting game that is due for release is fighters uncaged if you are into such games.
Even though the kinect for xbox 360 has a limited number of games, in my opinion it will be a holiday season must have. At the time of writing there is already a huge demand. Video gaming has moved on towards motion sensor technology. Gaming is no longer just about one player vs the console. Now it’s about competing with friends, family and even online. You don’t have to be a couch potato anymore, with games like Zumba fitness, Your shape fitness evolved and Kinect sports.

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