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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.

Microsoft Kinect Xbox 360

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.

Kinect Problem Comment

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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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

Microsoft Kinect Priced $149 on GameStop

Microsoft just announced that would go on sale starting November 4th, however, they did on reveal the price of the device at the E3 2010 event.

Microsoft Kinect Price

Turns out that GameStop already has the Kinect for Xbox 360 listed on it’s site and the price according to GameStop at-least for the Microsoft Kinect is $149. GameStop also has an elite bundle of Kinect Elite Bundle for $399 and Kinect Arcade Bundle for $299.

GameStop is also allowing pre-orders on Kinect, however, the device will only start shipping on November 4, 2010. Check out all the Kinect pricing at GameStop here.

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Microsoft Kinect To Be Launched On November 4

Microsoft has confirmed that which was earlier known as Project Natal will launch at retail stores this year in November. Microsoft unveiled Kinect to the world and demoed how the motion controller device would change the dynamics of gaming.

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Microsoft Kinect will be available for the Xbox 360 platform starting November 4 2010. However, Microsoft has not yet revealed price details at their keynote at E3 2010.

If you are clueless about Microsoft Kinect, you can read our detailed description on What is Microsoft Kinect or watch some videos of Microsoft Kinect in action.

Watch Microsoft Kinect in Action – New Videos

Yesterday’s Project Natal extragavanza was a camera free event. So, baring a few shaky YouTube videos, most of the world is still waiting for a glimpse of some of the Kinect goodness that Microsoft unleashed in their launch party. Fortunately for us, IGN has managed to get their hands on the trailers of some of the games and features demonstrated yesterday.

We have already covered Microsoft Kinect (previously Project Natal) extensively. Check out our previous coverage, if you feel the need to catch up on all the buzz surrounding Microsoft’s new controller-free gaming experience.

Kinect Adventures

Kinect Sports

Dance Central

Video Controls

Last year, Microsoft showed us what it envisioned the future of gaming (or at least casual gaming) to be, and left us floored. Now that the Kinect is here, does it live up to the expectations? Check out the official gameplay videos and decide for yourself, but color me impressed. Sure, I would still prefer a gamepad for hardcore gaming, but Kinect does look to be genuinely fun. It definitely looks a lot more impressive than PS3 Move and is at the very least capable of stealing Nintendo Wii’s thunder.

What is Microsoft Kinect, Kinect Details and More

So, it’s official now. Project Natal will indeed be rechristened as Microsoft Kinect. I don’ know about you, but as far as I am concerned, “Project Natal” definitely sounded way cooler. In case you have been left bewildered by all the hoopla surrounding Microsoft Kinect, you have come to the right place. I will try to explain in brief exactly what Microsoft Kinect is and why everyone is so excited about it.

Microsoft-Kinect

In many ways, Nintendo kick-started a gaming revolution with Nintendo Wii. Wii replaced a traditional gamepad with a motion sensing controller and made gaming fun again to a wide section of the population (not just the hardcore gamers). As a result, Wii has been selling like hotcakes ever since it was released.

Kinect is basically Microsoft’s response to the Wii. With Kinect, Microsoft has eliminated the controller altogether. Simply stated, it is an add-on for Xbox 360 that uses a sensor, containing cameras and microphones, to enable you to interact with the system through gestures, spoken commands and other objects. If you are having difficulty in wrapping your mind around this concept, have a look at the videos embedded below.

Last night, Microsoft officially announced Kinect in an elaborate spectacle at the Galen Centre. Amidst extravagant performances by Cirque du Soleil, Microsoft demoed some of the games that will be using Kinect.

They include:

Joyride: This is the racing game shown in the first video. You can control your car through various gestures executed by your hand and body, including rotating an imaginary steering wheel and changing (once again, imaginary) gears.

Kinectimals: This game lets you train and play with 20 different virtual cats including lions, cheetahs and tigers. As adorable as the game is, Microsoft really needs to fire the guy who keeps coming up with these bewilderingly stupid and confusing names.

Microsoft-Kinect-Demo

Kinect Sports: Given the raging success of Wii Sports and Wii Fitness. It’s no surprise that Microsoft has decided to imitate them. Kinect Sports includes boxing, bowling, beach volleyball, track and field, soccer and table tennis. Once again, you will be using your entire body while playing. So expect the experience to be a whole lot more physical than your typical gaming session.

Kinect Adventures: With Kinetic Adventures, you don’t even need to head outdoors to get a taste of adventure. Finish obstacle courses or participate in river rafting time trials by jumping, swaying and executing other full-body movements. To make the experience even more fun, you can play K.A. with up to four friends.

Dance Central: This one is developed by MTV games and basically brings “So You Think You Can Dance” to every household.

Other games demoed include an unnamed fitness game for yoga and martial arts practice, and a truly kickass Star Wars game. Microsoft has tied up with content providers like Disney to ensure that plenty of games are available for the Kinect at launch.

Kinetic will definitely be launched in time for this holiday season. We are expecting an October-November launch; however, we will have to wait until Microsoft’s E3 keynote for the official word. Pricing is another aspect, which Microsoft has declined to comment on. Subscribe to Techie Buzz for more Microsoft Kinect updates.

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Project Natal Will Be Called Microsoft Kinect [Leaked]

Earlier today we told you that Microsoft will be revealing their Project Natal tonight as part of E3 or Electronic Entertainment Expo, however, before the event could even kickoff there was a leak by USA Today which confirms that Microsoft’s Project Natal will be called Microsoft Kinect.

Project Natal Microsoft Kinect

Microsoft Kinect is the re-christened name for Project Natal and will be available in the holiday season of 2010. There are no details available about the pricing or release date yet, but you might see some announcement coming out today or during the course of E3.

By the way, if you are looking to catch up all the action on E3, you can checkout how to Watch E3 conference online and also take a look at what you can expect at E3 to learn more about it.

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