Xbox Kinect Launch Update: The Good and Bad

By Gary Johnson - Nov 5, 2010

Now that Microsoft’s Kinect has been out for a day now in the US, we are seeing more reports of the device becoming available. These range from both good and bad, but this is like any new tech device following its launch.

Josh Lowensohn of Cnet has listed some of the good and bad reports so far for the Kinect. The fact you can still find stock is good, with the big online retailers shipping within 24 hours in most places. Some of the early games for the device have been receiving some positive reviews so far. As long as the Kinect is not situated in the light it seems to be working fine with projectors, something that was a concern before launch.

Another good point is that the Kinect works great with the older camera accessory the Xbox LIVE Vision camera. But like any new device there have been some bad points reported. Dark skinned users have had some trouble with facial recognition. The unit has had problems picking two out of three dark-skinned players by their faces.

Space is also been a problem so far with the unit having problems picking out who you are if are closer than 6 feet away. Owners of the older Xbox will have to make sure they get the power adapter that comes with the standalone bundle, as the newer console has a USB port in the back to power the device.

Some of the third-party games are not getting good reviews like Sega’s Sonic Free Riders; with some saying it is impossible to control. Any early glitches with the device will surely be ironed out, and we should start seeing an improved range of titles become available as developers spend more time with the device.

What do you think of the Kinect?

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