Mi­crosoft’s back in the game

Kinect makes all the right moves, writes Jen­nifer Dud­ley-Ni­chol­son

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Gadgets -

IT’S NOT in stores un­til to­mor­row but its maker is al­ready pre­dict­ing an Aus­tralian sell-out. It’s no stretch. The much-an­tic­i­pated gam­ing gad­get has in­spired mid­night queues and sell-outs in the United States, United King­dom and parts of Europe.

And for once the global hype is not in­spired by Ap­ple but by a prod­uct from ri­val Mi­crosoft; one that gam­ing ex­perts pre­dict could change



Dance Cen- em­i­nent ex­perts in their field to de­velop so­lu­tions to prob­lems that had never been solved be­fore.’’ But the proof is the play­ing. Kinect re­views have so far been pos­i­tive, hail­ing the sys­tem’s full-body track­ing, the sim­plic­ity of game­play and the games them­selves.

Some com­plaints have emerged, how­ever, in­clud­ing a lag in the de­liv­ery of on-screen move­ments ex­pe­ri­enced by some users, de­mands for large play ar­eas (play­ers must stand 1.8m from the unit), and the lack of ti­tles for hard­core gamers.

It’s un­likely these crit­i­cisms will af­fect sales of the ac­ces­sory, which will cost $199 as a

On the move: Sports games and danc­ing go to new lev­els with body move­ment con­trol.

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