In the lead up to the release of the Microsoft Kinect, Microsoft wanted you to know two things: you were now the computer, and the Kinect was the future of video games. Sure, it cost $150, but don't you want to be a part of the future? It's so bright, you gotta wear....well never mind. However, if you haven't purchased a Kinect yet, there are several things you should know about the premium peripheral that you won't find in any promotional material. Here's five reasons why you should hold off on buying a Kinect.
5. Premium Price for Sub-Standard Games
The Kinect is expensive. At $150, it is the same price as a Wii console, and offers an experience that doesn't even include any must-have games. Kinect Sports? I'm sorry, no one cares. Dance Central? Sure, maybe 1% of the Xbox gaming community is interested in dancing. Your Shape: Fitness Evolved? Wasn't that called WiiFit a little while ago? What part of the Kinect library should gamers be excited about? Sure, Forza 4 is on the horizon, but are you really ready to pay $150 just to access one mode of a $60 game? I know I'm not, and I'm the biggest automotive game fan on the planet.
4. Precise Controls Are Important to You
You are the controller. We get it. It doesn't mean you are a very good controller. You know why there aren't that many "core" games for the Kinect? Because doing anything that requires more precision than kicking a soccer ball or striking a few poses in Dance Central just won't work on the Kinect. This isn't entirely Microsoft's fault, as bodies are a difficult thing to track. You've got big ones, small ones, pear-shaped ones, and lanky ones, and you have to account for varying arm lengths and measuring movements in both 3D and 2D space. It's a tricky thing to implement, and realistically, I don't think a low-res camera system that maps your movement with tiny dots of light could be expected to do anything miraculous. Maybe if the original $300 model was kept, we could be more precise controllers, but according to the rumor mill, the Xbox 360 hardware wasn't up to snuff to keep up with that model, and your wallet probably wouldn't have been either.
3. You Like "Core" Games
You know what kind of games have been released for the Kinect? Dance games. Exercise games. Mini-game compilations. Looking at the Kinect library is like looking at the Wii catalog, except there's no Zelda, Mario, or Epic Mickey. Though a lot of people complain about the Wii having no games for gamers, the Kinect really brings this issue to light. In fact the only motion control system that has even attempted to support hardcore games is the PlayStation Move. But that's another article. The fact is there are no shooters available for the Kinect, no fighters, no RPGs, nothing. We've got a Kinect mode coming in Forza 4, but really, I'm not holding my breath for anything epic to come out of there. Plus, we've seen Joy Ride. That was epic in only one sense: it was an epic fail.