Microsoft Kinect – 10 Things You Should Know

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Xbox 360 4GB Console with KinectThe long awaited Kinect for the Microsoft Xbox console was finally released to much fanfare today. It will probably be the biggest selling video game accessory this holiday season. The Microsoft Kinect will probably be the biggest selling product this holiday season. What is so great about it. Are there any problems with the Kinect?

In a nutshell, this is what you should know about the Microsoft Xbox Kinect:

1. The Kinect plugs into the Microsoft Xbox video game console. Players can then play all Kinect games without use of controllers. The Kinect has microphones, cameras and sensors which can take in everything happening in the room. You control the games just by moving.

2. Many more games, especially sports, can be made for the Kinect, than for the Wii, because the Wii was limited to what could be monitored with one hand. Try downhill skiing for great fun.

3. You can also control the Microsoft Kinect through voice commands. This includes not only the video games but everything else you do with Xbox 360 Live, such as chosing a movie to watch. Very cool.

4. The Microsoft Kinect games only work when you are moving. What an incredible way to get exercise. I don’t have my own yet, but I’ve been to a few demo parties, and there was a great deal of sweating going on. The new saying will be, “The family that plays together, sweats together”.

5. The Kinect is great for families. Most of the games made for it so far are very family friendly such as sports, dance and exercise. Also, I find that most of the time when the parents can’t keep up with their teens is because parents aren’t as good with controllers, not having grown up with them. Games without controllers might help level the playing ground.

6. The Microsoft Kinect bought alone retails for $150 or you can purchase the Kinect with a brand new 4 gigabyte Xbox for $300. They each come bundled with a Kinect Adventure game. There will be 16 games available in time for the holidays.

7. The Kinect can be very slow at times which can be very frustrating. This happens sometimes when giving new commands.

8. You need a large area to use the Kinect. If you are purchasing one to be used in a small college dorm room or a small apartment you might be in trouble.

9. Direct sunlight on your body is a problem. Kinect will not be able to see you. You are best off setting up your Xbox 360 with Kinect in a room that doesn’t get a great deal of direct sunlight, or else get very good shades.

10. Using the Xbox Kinect is fun, fun, fun and the best way to get exercise without realizing it ever. It is also one of the best ways for families to connect that I’ve ever seen.

Do you plan on buying a Microsoft Xbox Kinect for your family this holiday season?

See also:  
12 Video Games for Teens – Holiday Gifts 2011
15 Best Video Game Holiday Gifts for Teens and Tweens

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