Microsoft’s back in the game
Kinect makes all the right moves, writes Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson
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.