- 08-07-2013, 08:17 AM #2
- 08-08-2013, 01:44 AM #7
Yeah, but given the current reactions thus far, I wouldn't be surprised if they gave in on this feature. Honestly, it's the #1 feature I dislike about the console's bad parts, and offering a non-Kinect version would be something to get me to buy the console sooner (maybe have enough money at/after Christmas for it, but would probably wait until mid-2014 at the earliest otherwise).
- 08-08-2013, 03:21 AM #8
As Coreldan mentions stuff that the Kinect will do in games like Dead Rising 3 - where it uses the mic to pick up sounds in your room that may alert zombies to your location. Leaning sideways in FPS games to give you a peek round corners and im sure game devs will come up with many more imaginative uses for picking up either you or the controller position to affect and enhance how you play your games.
You've got to at least concede that you will have to give it at least 3 months of use before dismissing it entirely as "not for you".
- 08-08-2013, 08:18 AM #9
- 08-08-2013, 08:21 AM #10
- 08-08-2013, 08:22 AM #11
- 08-08-2013, 10:24 AM #12
- 08-08-2013, 10:27 AM #13
As for what it CAN do with games, that's cool. The Dead Rising stuff sounds really neat, but it's not one of the games I would get. I've not played the first two, and I'm not a big zombie person as it is. The FPS stuff, IDK. Call of Duty and HALO don't use a cover system, so I'm not 100% sure how those would work with that idea. The whole leaning thing has always been more of a third-person features, so that's the one thing that MIGHT be of use to me. However, it's still not something that I would consider as worth the extra $100 investment over the cost of the 360.
I mean, I can't really give it 3 months before judging it because I don't see how it's going to magically become useful for me. I mostly play Call of Duty and HALO, and the usability of the Kinect for online FPS matches is limited, in my opinion. Everything you do on a controller is so fast-twitch that I don't think it'd be worth it to retrain my brain to do something like wave my hand to perform and action I typically do with the press of a button.
Now, to finish off, I have to repeat something I've said before. None if this means that I wouldn't CONSIDER the Kinect. My issue has never been with the Kinect itself in this matter. Heck, it's not greatly about the inclusion of it with all consoles (thus raising the price to something I don't care for). My complaints have basically always been with the always-connected requirement of the Kinect. That bothers me, whether people want to call it ridiculous paranoia or not. I mean, add in all of this NSA stuff that's been going on (along with the allegations of cooperation against Microsoft), and it's just unsettling. I mean, I do hate that the thing is $500, and that WILL be a deciding factor as to why I won't be getting this console in the near-future, but my questioning of the usability of the Kinect for me is a fraction of my displeasure with the idea of HAVING to plug in an Internet-connected camera in my room every time I want to do something that I don't even need it for.
- 08-08-2013, 10:29 AM #14
- 08-08-2013, 10:41 AM #15
When you are playing a game and you want to snap an app to the screen like Skype or Internet Explorer, that is when Kinect will be very convenient. There is no way you will be able to snap an app to the screen without 4 or 5 button presses, and it will take even more time if you have a lot of apps to choose from in order to find the one you're looking for.
With Kinect, you can snap an app to the screen with a simply voice command. I don't know about you, but I think a voice command will be much preferred over 5 button presses in this scenario.
- 08-08-2013, 10:50 AM #16
- 08-08-2013, 10:57 AM #17
I'd like to know what those new controller buttons do myself. I assume that one is a multitasking button. I'd bet that it also makes snapping fairly painless. For example, Skype. Say you got a Skype call during a game. It could pop a notification, and tell you to press X to generically answer (leave the app in the background; sound-only), B to ignore, or press the multitasking button to snap it.
In an instance without notifications, you could have pressing that button bring up a list of applications (be they frequently-used ones or a list you make), and you could press the button, scroll, and select. It'd be about a 3-button process. Also, there's a bit of a stretch to assume that everyone LIKES the idea of snapping with a game going on. Myself, I don't care about Skype to begin with. The idea of giving up 20% of my screen to it? That just sucks.
- 08-08-2013, 10:59 AM #18
- 08-08-2013, 11:04 AM #19
If your Kinect breaks because of poor craftsmanship, Microsoft will replace it. Does anyone have any reason to believe that they wouldn't? My experience with Microsoft products is very good, even when the products are faulty they stand behind them until the issues are resolved.
- 08-08-2013, 11:17 AM #22
- 08-08-2013, 12:13 PM #23
One thing I have been curious on, though: They say that the console needs the Kinect to POST, but not to actually run. I've got the slightest curiosity about what would happen if you unplugged the Kinect after startup. Would it crash or pop an error message that won't go away until you plug the thing back in or what?
- 08-08-2013, 12:18 PM #25
I feel Ms should have saved the new Kinect for those who liked it before and those whom are interested in it im not I don't really need a sweet microphone I can turn my console on with the controller im not that lazy on launch day my games will be bf4 and the new cod neither which use the new Kinect so now this thing will sit in my draw( half assed cause it NEEDS to be pluged in for what reason no one knows) for what because Ms thinks I might like it .im sure Ms knows more than half of these Kinect will just be sitting around catching dust till is implemented in every game not just "Xbox on" Xbox off" sounds like the karate kid of the future!!
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