Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360: Why it will fail

By Peter Chubb - Jun 17, 2010

Earlier this week we learned that Microsoft renamed its Project Natal for the Xbox 360 – Kinect. This is their latest attack against Nintendo and Sony to stay ahead of the game – as they have such high hopes for their motion controlled gaming technology. However, John C. Dvorak from PC Mag believes that it will fail – judging by the comments he is the only one who thinks that.

Dvorak explains that although it will be great with its fight against childhood obesity – there are a number of reasons why the Kinect for the Xbox 360 is doomed from the start, one of them is with its Microsoft hardware.

Dvorak said that the Xbox 360 is not a console that you want to workout on, it is something that you play after you have been working out. This is true for the most part – but you have to remember that consoles can evolve. Once upon a time we never thought that we would be doing any workout regime on a games console – now look at the Nintendo Wii.

The article then goes on to explain the limitations of Kinect, but there have been a number of reports that the Sony PS3 Move is more limited. I do not want to be biased and say that the Kinect is going to become a huge hit with gamers, but it seems that the article in PC Mag wants to condemn it before it has a chance to prove itself.

Dvorak even mentions the fact that people will not want to jump about in a room unless it has solid floors as they will shake too much – again this has not affected sales of the Wii in any way.

Have a read of the PC Mag article from the link above and let us know if you agree with it.

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