Microsoft Employee Says Kinect Buggy and Not A Wii Killer

Ok, go slow and take this with a big pinch of salt, this may not be true at all, but no one has used the extensively, so this cannot be untrue too right now.

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One of our posts made it to the N4G home page recently, and while browsing through the comments on the post (comment #4 by mricecreamman), I saw something interesting which says that there might be some problems with the sensors right now.

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Here is the comment text from the image above (emphasis added):

i work for microsoft here in out west and gotta say it’s pretty fun, but it’s not a wii killer. if too many people is around the sensor it becomes non responsive and sometimes it has latency. this is just a replica of when sony came out with the eyetoy..which it didn’t do so well.

Now there are a few things here, the person in question says that the Kinect is pretty fun but not a Wii killer. I have to agree with that fact, because Wii is in a different league altogether. Wii is for fun gaming, exercising, dancing, playing Mario and more and not for playing Call of Duty, for which you will of course use the Xbox 360. Wii in itself has a cult status amongst its users for motion gaming.

Another important point this person brought up was the fact that if too many people crowd around the device sensor it become non responsive and has latency, so this means that the device is definitely not ready for house parties yet and is a bit buggy. Once again, this might be a non-issue when Kinect actually comes out on November 4. Another aspect of this claim is that neither has Microsoft demoed Kinect with a crowd and neither will be there games which will require lot of people to be near the sensor at once.

This issue might not be a big issue at all, however, it could be a problem when you have a crowd around or maybe use the Kinect to play Wii like games :).

Last but not the least, the person compared the device to EyeToy, a digital camera device which Sony came out with for the PS2 which used computer vision and gesture recognition to process images taken by the camera. Now, no Microsoft employee would like to compare their own device with, but like I said it could just be an anonymous person out there. With 100K plus employees you will always get one who does not like the product or place they work for.

Based on the comment by the person, it is fairly OK to say that even if this is true, I never had a doubt in my mind that Kinect would kill the Wii, it would take a real long time for them to do it. However, more importantly the sensor issue (if it exists) still has almost 4+ months to be fixed, so by November 4 you might not even see those issues. However, what if Microsoft can’t fix it or not live up to the expectations they have build up?

Play With Kinect For Xbox 360 At Microsoft Stores

Microsoft had unveiled (What is Kinect?) at the event earlier this month. Though Kinect is scheduled to be released on November 4, Microsoft has announced that Kinect will be available to test and play around with at 4 Microsoft stores in the US.

Play Kinect at Microsoft Stores

If you walk into a Microsoft Store in San Diego, Arizona, California or Colorado, you will be able to play games using accessory for Xbox 360. The above picture is from Microsoft’s San Diego store opening where a user played using hand movements.

Kinect for Xbox 360 is also available for sale at the official Microsoft Store. The accessory for Xbox 360 will sell at $149.

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Counter Strike: Source Gets a Facelift

Yes, a proaction gamer will always have his (and in the remote chance that there is one) or her Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Team Fortress 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 but the giant that is Counter Strike never really had a Counter Strike 2 did it? It received a facelift once with Counter Strike: Source bringing in most of the Havoc physics of the Source engine from Half Life 2. Yet, even with its teeming populace of obsessed gamers, it never felt like playing a next-gen action game.

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Now, with 144 achievements, lifetime player stats, a cinematic death camera (which I have yet to see) and a domination-revenge system and much, much more, playing Counter Strike: Source with the updated Source Engine 2009 feels every bit like playing a next-gen FPS. Playing it through, however, is just the same. Nevertheless there was some difficulty getting games as the Indian servers I used to play in were not responding or their machines had not been updated to the new CS:S.

Yes, there are inane achievements, yes the scoreboard looks weird and yes there will not be a custom name for your player within the game (your player name will be the same as your Steam community name). With Steam pushing in a 66% discount for buyers as well as introducing Steam Play (i.e. the game can be played on the same servers from a Mac) the game looks set to be bigger than ever.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to hunt for some newbs who have been baited by the 66% discount.

Get Both Deus Ex Titles for $2.49 Each on Steam!

June 22nd marks the 10th anniversary of the smashingly awesome FPS-RPG-stealth hybrid Deus Ex. Built on the basis of real-world conspiracy theories, you take on the role of government agent J.C. Denton as he sent on riskier and riskier missions. Soon he unravels a far reaching conspiracy that threatens the existence and world and trust me when I say that this game has very little clichés on the way.

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Every mission in Deus Ex has more than one way of going about and for a game released in 2000, this is a big achievement. You could either go gung ho towards your objective, killing anyone and everyone standing in your way, or you could depend on some stealth and sneak through to your objective, or use a backdoor or an alternate route to reach the goal. Add to it nanotech augmentations that make J.C. more than human, and you have the seamless blend of Role-Playing powers and First Person immersion.

But enough of the game true fans will forever remain true fans of this cult classic. Steam is offering both the original Deus Ex and the slightly flawed sequel Deus Ex: Invisible War for a 75% discount! This means that both games are up for a total of $4.98. Go buy this classic this instant and prepare yourself for Human Revolution!

Download Medal of Honor PC Beta Client

EA has announced that they will be hosting the Beta client of Medal of Honor PC version on FileFront. The closed beta of Medal of Honor starts from June 21, however, you can get in on the PC beta through FileFront if you are a Gun Club Member.

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However, the file requires you to have a beta key to play, which can be acquired by becoming a Battlefield: Bad Company 2 VIP or joining the Gun Club. The beta key will also be available if you pre-order the game. (Pre-order Medal of Honor)

EA will be releasing the beta client for PS3 and PC users on June 21st. The Xbox 360 beta has been slightly delayed for now.

More info and the Medal of Honor Beta Client download for PC can be found here.

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First Microsoft Kinect Ads Hit YouTube In A Big Way

I just spotted Microsoft advertising on in a literally big ad. Microsoft have bought an ad which stretches through the width of YouTube and spans across almost the full first scroll.

Though I did not spot this ad on regular videos, I did spot this on a video I was searching for but was removed from YouTube. Feast your eyes on the first ads of below.

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By the way, clicking the ad will take you to the official Xbox page on YouTube which can be viewed here. Learn more about Kinect or Pre-order it on GameStop.

Update: You can also view these ads when you visit Youtube.com

Need For Speed Hot Pursuit E3 Trailer, On Sale This November

EA will be releasing a new refresh for the Need For Speed – Hot Pursuit this November. The game will go on sale on November 16, 2010 and pre-orders are available right now.

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EA recently demoed the game at and a preview of the game is available to watch online.

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The game has some stunning graphics and hot new cars and will challenge you to become Seacrest County’s top cop or most wanted racer. The unique part of this game is that this is the first time you can choose to play on either side of the law, which means that you can either play a cop or a top racer. NFS Hot Pursuit is available for pre-orders, you can pre-order a copy at Amazon for $49.95. Pre-order NFS Hot Pursuit at Amazon.

Watch the Need for Speed Hot Pursuit trailer revealed at E3 2010 in the video embedded below.

Watch Sony E3 2010 Press Conference Online

Sony will be holding their press conference at being held in Los Angeles at 12PM PT / 3PM ET (check your local time) on June 15. This will definitely be a great press conference and you can expect a lot of new announcements from Sony.

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There are rumors that Sony might unveil a new range of handheld devices in the form of PSP2. In addition to that, Sony might also refresh their PSP3 device and introduce a new one. You can also expect to see a new preview of The Last Guardian.

You can check out some of our expectation and also details about E3 2010. Excited about the Sony press conference at E3 2010? 

Sony will be broadcasting their E3 2010 press conference live online. You can watch the stream live at 9AM PT / 12PM ET. Please click here to check the local time in your region.

Ready to watch the Sony E3 2010 Press Conference? Head over to the Gamespot live streaming channel and satisfy your gaming urges. Everyone is invited and all the attendees will get front-row seats :-).

So what are you expecting from this year’s E3 2010 presentation from Sony? Do share your views and opinions with us.

THQ Announces Three New WWE Titles [E3]

THQ has renewed their agreement with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and will be launching not one, not two, but three WWE related titles in the near future.

WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 is the centerpiece of THQ’s WWE offering. The latest edition will boast of one of the largest rosters in franchise history, with more than 70 of today’s prominent WWE superstars and divas. Among other things, it will also feature an improved physics system and enhanced graphics to pump up the realism. It will be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation3, PlayStation(R) 2, PSP and Wii on October 26.

THQ will also launch an online edition of its wrestling games for North Korea. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw Online will be available only for the PC and is scheduled to ship in early 2011. Players will have the option of creating their own characters or selecting from the in-game roster of current WWE Superstars, including John Cena, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho and Rey Mysterio.

Finally, THQ WWE All Stars will pit today’s most promising superstars against the yesteryear’s legends. THQ claims that All Stars will have a distinctive, fluid, intuitive and original gameplay style for an over the top and exhilarating gameplay experience. This game will be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation3, PlayStation2, PSP and Wii in early 2011.

Razer Introduces New StarCraft II Range Of Gaming Peripherals

Razer one of the leading gaming peripheral maker has introduced a signature StarCraft gaming gear at E3.

The signature range includes a keyboard, mouse and really smart looking head phones. Razer says they’ve worked with Blizzard to implement better integration with the game. Details about the three new devices:

Mouse: Razer Spectre

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  • Lightweight, Fingertip-Grip 5 Button Mouse
  • 5600 DPI Laser Sensor
  • Ultrapolling (1000Hz Polling / 1ms Response)
  • APM-Lighting System
  • Button Force Adjustment
  • Always-Onâ„¢ mode
  • Ultra-large non-slip buttons
  • 16-bit ultra-wide data path
  • 60120 inches per second and 15g of acceleration
  • Zero-acoustic Ultraslickâ„¢ Teflon feet
  • Gold-plated USB connector
  • Braided 7 Foot USB Cable

Keyboard: Razer Marauder

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  • Full keyboard layout with integrated number pad keys
  • Ergonomically optimized wrist rest
  • Reduced desktop footprint
  • APM-Lighting System
  • Laser-etched keys
  • Optimized Key Travel & Spacing
  • Ultrapolling (1000Hz Polling / 1ms Response)
  • Braided 7 Foot USB Cable

Headphones: Razer Banshee

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  • Circumaural Design with 50mm driver units
  • Volume & Mic Control Buttons on the Headset
  • APM-Lighting System
  • 8 preset EQ
  • Detachable Microphone Boom
  • Braided 7 Foot USB Cable

The headphones look splendid, not so sure about the keyboard and the mouse though.