Microsoft - Kinect for Xbox 360 - Black
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- Compatible Platform(s)Xbox 360
- Product NameKinect for Xbox 360
- Model NumberLPF-00004
- Color CategoryBlack
- Product Height5.86 inches
- Product Width14.8 inches
- Product Length4.79 inches
- Product Weight2.18 pounds
- Compatible Platform(s)Xbox 360
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts1 year
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor1 year
- Cord Length9 inches
- Voice Control(s)Yes
Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 642 reviews(642 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The whole dealPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
First off, I own all three next gen consoles; the Wii, the PS3 with Move, and now the Xbox 360 with Kinect. Here's the breakdown: The Wii has been around the longest and has a proven track record and hundreds of games already out. And it is just recently targeting the hardcore gamer. So now you have a few First Person Shooters to choose from. Aside from that, you have to have a controller that you have to change accessories on based on what you would like to do. The PS3 Move will soon have 24 games that work with the move controllers, a few of which are for hardcore gamers. It has been out a little over a month so this speaks well for the plans for the system. The controllers for the Move are very much like the Wii but you have to stay in range of the camera or you lose movement. The pricepoint on the controllers is quite high when you factor in that many of the games want 2 of the Move motion controllers and you'll want a navigation controller for a number of games. So to fully take advantage of the system for 2 players, you're going to spend as much as you did for the initial system. The Kinect is a single purchase and allows up to 2 players at a time. (Though the voice recognition will accept commands from anyone.) It's been out a whole 2 days now and will shortly have 22 games for it. It's a one time purchase for those two players so you know what you're getting into right away. And it allows controllers to be used at the same time as those players that are in the camera view. (And who's to say that Microsoft isn't developing navigation controllers specifically for the FPS crowd to use.) The camera uses facial recognition software so it sees when a player changes out and recognizes who that player is. This makes for some very seemless multiplayer as players step in and out of the game. (It's not foolproof yet but it IS impressive) Do not judge this controller by how it navigates the menus in the Dashboard. The interface there is slow and clunky but will hopefully get better with time. The gameplay though is pretty phenomenal for the 4 games I picked up. (It's evil... I've played three days in a row for several hours at a time and I'm soooo sore.) It does exactly what it was intended to do and that is get you up off the couch and moving. Unlike the other two systems, you cannot cheat with the Kinect and sit there on the couch with your motion controllers, you have to get up. The real downside is in the amount of room you need for the Kinect system. You can have as little as 3 feet for the Wii, as little as 5 for the Move, but you HAVE to have 9 feet for the Kinect. (I know, it says 6-10 feet but you wont be able to do much with 6 feet.) The play area you will need clean and clear from any obstructions is about 4 feet deep starting 6 feet away from the camera (the camera will track things that are 6 feet to 10 feet away.) and about 7-8 feet across. (This is for two players. You can get away with a smaller window for single player but you'll really want to play these games multiplayer.) This is brand new tech. Microsoft is listening to the players on a number of forums and working with developers in what they will need. I feel that the Kinect is the better overall system and has a lot more potential than the other two but only time will tell how things go. I know that I enjoy the heck out of it and look forward to being sore for the next few months as my body adjusts to the increased activity.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Addition for any XboxPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
A week now with my Kinect and have to say I’ve been quite impressed. Here are my thoughts on it: Space: As everyone else has mentioned, 6 to 8 feet is pretty much a requirement. If you can’t accomate that, don’t even bother picking up. Lag: It occurs and I had some frustrating moments in certain games, like boxing on Sports. But 95% of the time it’s not an issue and some games like Dance and Evolved I barely ever notice any problems. Future games and software updates will hopefully make things work even smoother. Voice Commands: Works almost flawlessly, perfect in Zune, and hopefully will be added to Netflix, which can’t be controlled by Kinect yet. Also I can see potential for use with more hardcore games. Games: The 3 I have and the demos I’ve played have all been great, but they’re no replacement for COD or Halo. It’s hard to see these more complex games being used in this format, most likely small additions like voice commands will be added. There are a variety of other games out there, but from reviews, many are pretty subpar. So do some research when buying. Dashboard: Unfortunately you can’t control as much as Microsoft led us to believe. Very cool to use, but ultimately the controller is still a better option. Besides voice commands, those I like using a lot. Price: $150 is high, but when you take inconsideration that you do not have to buy additional controllers like with the Move and Wii, it’s not that bad. Competition: Though there are 3 options out there, this unit really seems to be a totally different experience from the Wii and Move. It’s pretty easy to say the Move is an improvement on the Wii and compare the two, but the Kinect has a totally different feel when using it. I’m a fan, but have to admit it may not have the accuracy that a Move would have to be used in what I typically play, FPS. I wouldn’t say this is a system switching worthy attachment, but a great addition for your xbox. Bottom line: I think this is a great buy, may not change your current type of games played but it will add a lot of new options. Though the price will drop eventually (I think they cost $56 to make), I still think its well worth the $150 to buy now. There’s huge potential with this and I’m glad Microsoft added something for the casual market and look forward to what else can be done. Also I should comment that a lot of the 1 star reviews seem to be from individuals who do not even own a Kinect and are just Sony or Nintendo fans, so be careful when reading through negative reviews and deciding to buy. There are definitely some faults, but some are being blown way out of proportion.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Forget the Haters, this is Gaming Evolution!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I've had this device for a couple of days now and would like to clear up a few of the concerns that everyone seems to be having with the Kinect. First off, about 80% of negative reviews say this is gimmicky. Well I'm sorry I don't agree. If you're going to spend $150 on something, put a little research into what you're about to buy, don't just buy it and expect the thing to sprout legs and fetch you the remote. The characters in the Kinect Adventures are a bit cartoony, but what do you expect? It's a family game, get over it! The next major issue I see a lot of people complaining about is the lag. This did concern me when I first booted up the system and played without configuring it. Sure the system is going to be laggy before you calibrate it to your room and prepare the proper facial recognition settings. Stop hating on something you can't figure out how to use, and also, for god sake, set your television to game mode to reduce rendering lag. For those of you trying to compare this to Wii or Move, get a life. Seriously? How can you compare it? Both the Wii and Move recognize nothing but the link to the controller. The kinect is actually doing full body recognition, voice recognition, facial recognition, taking pictures of you while you play (much like a roller coaster), allowing me to stream content from ESPN 3 with the ability to pause, stop, play, record, rewind, and fast forward with just my voice, I mean if you have any sort of imagination you can see the possibilities for this device are almost limitless. Now for the game that comes with it, Kinect Adventures. I've been playing this for around 4-5 hours total and have found it to be a lot of fun. As soon as I shared it with my family and friends they were laughing along and having a great time, whether they were jumping in the rafts and riding the rapids or sitting on the sidelines cheering. Xbox has hit a home run with this technology and it's been worth the wait in my opinion. Anyone who's hating on this device doesn't have the intellect to understand how to use/configure it properly and should take it back so I don't have to listen to your complaining online. Thanks Xbox, Microsoft had to do something right!~
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
In a league of it's ownPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Unlike some of the other reviewers, I actually own the Wii, MOVE, and Kinect. All 3 devices have their pros and cons but the Kinect is by far the most impressive. A few months ago I was blown away by the MOVE and mistakenly thought the folks at Microsoft couldn't possibly compete with it. But it only took a few minutes of playing Kinect Adventure to realize just how good the Kinect is. I still can't believe how accurate it is and how it's able to use your entire body as the controller. Whether your moving side to side or jumping and ducking to avoid things, the Kinect captures all of it with great precision, speed and accruacy. And unlike the Wii, you have to get off the couch to get in the game. A simple flick of the wrist even to play table tennis won't work. But that's what makes the Kinect so amazing. The MOVE is good but only for games where precision is key. Table tennis for the MOVE is better because of the way it senses the paddle's movement. You won't get that kind of accuracy using the Kinect but not a log of games demand that kind of accuracy. Another great comparison is beach volleyball. The MOVE feels scripted. In other words, you hold your controllers in various positions to perform the different moves. (serve, spike, dig, hit) But with the Kinect, it's more like a game of volleyball. You have to jump, swing your arms, and move around the court. And best of all, you'll wake up sore the next day just like you played volleyball for hours. As for the price, most reviews I read talk about Kinect's expensive price tag. I purchased both the MOVE and the Kinect this year and I can say the Kinect is a far better value than the MOVE. With the Kinect, you only need the one device. ($150) But with the MOVE, the initial bundle is $99 but it only comes with one controller. Some of the games require two MOVE controllers ($50 per contoller) and that's if your freinds don't play. For the new fighting game or some of the Sports Champion games, two controllers per person are required/recommended. By my calculation, that's $99 for the bundle and an additional $150 for the 3 other controllers. ($250 total) And I won't even mention the other MOVE stick controller I purchased to play resident evil. (another $40) Don't believe any of the negative reviews about the price, it's far cheaper than the MOVE unless you only intend to play single player games using only one MOVE controller. (right) Whatever you do, don't judge the Kinect based on reviews alone. If you own a 360 you need to experience the Kinect in person. It's unlike anything you've ever played before and it's a great value for the price.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
For Sale: My Nintendo Wii!!!!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
This thing is Awesome! No wonder why I have heard it called the "Wii Killer" It was very easy to set up. It's so easy, my 5 year old can set it up and loves to play. Another plus, no controllers to accidentally get thrown into the TV or knock someone out!! I have the old Xbox 360. The only difference is, with the older one, you have to plug the Kinect unit into an outlet whereas with the new 360, it is powered by the 360 itself using the USB cord. On the down sides, we had to re-arrange the furniture in our living room just to give us more space to play 2 players, but that is a SMALL price to pay for playing this! Another issue is, we have a 2 1/2 year old that likes to walk in front of the TV while we play and that confuses the sensor... Pick one up and have some fun!!!!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Greatest Gaming Achievement to DatePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Getting tired of all the microsoft haters that won't admit this is the greatest and most innovative technological advancement in gaming so far. As far as I'm concerned, I think the $150 price tag is a bargain. The possibilities with this technology are endless, and it's gonna blow away anything sony or nintendo can put up. It's a great investment for everyone from hardcore gamers to entry level and family gamers. Sure it won't entirely replace the analog controller, at least for now, but it's an excellent supplement to any entertainment system. Someone mentioned that they can't play on the couch if they get tired...if you get tired from standing in the middle of the room and throwing a few jabs into the air, or moving your feet a bit, then you really need to hit the gym. And as far as the people who don't have room to move around, that's your problem, it doesn't affect the overall quality of the system. Currently sony and nintendo are still developing and improving current gen technology, this is an entirely new generation of gaming. A must buy for 360 owners
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Writing a review AFTER actually trying it!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I don't get why so many people review this when they haven't even personally tried it at all. That is just insane. Then I don't get why some write negatives about it because they are hardcore gamers expecting something hardcore about the Kinect. I believe the Kinect was created to compete with the Wii and Playstation. Microsoft wants the Xbox to be the ONE console that a FAMILY needs, whether it be young children playing, teens, hardcore gamers, or parents using it for workouts. My boys and I tried this at a demo day. I thought it was great personally. It seemed pretty easy to use and it was nice to play without holding controllers. My boys played the bowling game and dancing on it. We are excited about getting this on Thursday. I googled reviews online for this and was surprised that so many have written negative reviews when they haven't played it or based on the games available for it. The Kinect is not made for a way to play Call of Duty people! Get a grip!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Amazing!!!!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I waited to buy this during the holiday return period so I could have a bit longer to test it out. Well I opened it up and CAN'T STOP PLAYING!!! This thing is seriously addicting. My jaw was on the floor when I saw the Kinect sensor adjust iteself when my boyfriend stepped in to play a game with me. You can even set up your Kinect to recognize your face so when it sees you it signs in to your Xbox profile. If you're playing a game and step-out it will take your Xbox Avatar off screen. If you replace someone in a game when it sees your face it will change to your avatar. After you finish a level or short game the Kinect has a couple of snapshots or video of you (or your friends if you're playing with someone). They're hillarious and uploadable. The Kinect Adventure game that is included with the connect is fun....for about 20 mins..... After hooking it up and playing for an hour I rushed to Best Buy to purchase two more games. I was tempted to call out of work today to stay home and play! You really will get a workout. I woke up with sore shoulder and calves. As for the space issue, I was able to play on my own with 5 1/2 feet of space. I moved my couch and played in about 6 1/2 feet of space with my boyfriend (we were in the "better" play, not the "good"). You will need to make sure you have good lighting in the room you're playing. If you're skeptical I recommend buying it and testing it out. Anything purchased after Nov 1st qualifes for a holiday return (January something) so you can test it out. I guarantee you'll end up keeping it and rushing out to buy more games!