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Kinect: The day-one verdict

As you might have seen if you were around on GamesRadar this morning, we got a Kinect today. We've un-boxed it, set it up, and now, several hours later, we've played rather a lot of it. So time for a first verdict then. Over the course of the day myself, Justin, Matt and Meiks have punched, kicked, tickled and jumped our way through a variety of digital-mime-based activities, and now we're ready to tell you what we think via videos of us doing those very things and then having a considered roundtable discussion.

Ready to see more flailing than you'd get at an alcoholics' voguing competition? Then here we go, with a snapshot of how a day with Kinect went down.

And now our impressions:

So Kinect then. Tricky beast. Between us we definitely had intermittent fun today. Whether it's the sort of fun we want to spend £129.99 on is debatable, but remember that this feature is based only on our first day messing around with the controller and its first batch of games. This thing does have potential, and it can be satisfying when it works, but whether it can bring enough to the table to improve more than it hinders is a matter that will only be decided through subsequent generations of software, as devs become more adept and adventurous in regards to designing for it. As for the potential for proper, hardcore games? We're in the same boat.

But now that you've witnessed it in full flow, and seen and heard our immediate feelings, what do you think? Has your opinion changed either way? Are you paying more attention than you were before, or has it just dropped straight off your radar? Opinions. We crave them.

Kinect is out now in the US and releases in the UK November 10.

November 04, 2010

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40 comments

  • ultimatepunchrod - November 4, 2010 9:29 p.m.

    that was the best. to hear him say "well if i had a controller, this game would be good" and yea that about sums it up. this thing is 150 bucks and you can get a normal 360 controller for way under 100 and its a better way to CONTROL what youre doing. doesnt make sense to me.
  • CancerMan - November 4, 2010 5:34 p.m.

    want to get this just so I can giggle for five minutes while I navigate the dashboard with my finger. As for the gaming potential, I don't see any, but I do foresee a future where Kinect 2.0 blows my socks off.
  • Lionzest7 - November 4, 2010 1:49 p.m.

    I'm glad this pos came out so I don't have to buy a new xbox 720 anytime soon. The same way I feel about PS Move, I won't have to buy a ps4 anytime soon because these pos extend the console generation.
  • potatohead - November 4, 2010 12:17 p.m.

    for me kinect will not be about having fun. it will be about losing weight and having fun doing it. tried the wii to lose weight but i just ended up laying on the couch playing bowling. with the kinect i actually have a chance to lose some weight.
  • kianbung - November 4, 2010 1:01 a.m.

    I was going to buy this for my parents, knowing that they'll enjoy the novelty. But Microsoft asking for this to get removed is giving me second thoughts.
  • philipshaw - November 3, 2010 7:54 p.m.

    Thanks for removing this Microsoft
  • jmcgrotty - November 3, 2010 7:11 a.m.

    "Guess they have an embargo til the day it releases. That's never a good sign!" Bullshit. Every company does this. They just don't publicize it. You think it is a coincidence that every hardware and software review end up on every website the exact same day? Don't get me wrong... it's a crap product that will fail embarrassingly, but a delay in reviews doesn't mean anything in itself.
  • Jackelsburg - November 3, 2010 6 a.m.

    what the hec? why is this article taken down? i wanted to read it :(
  • Maxstats69 - November 3, 2010 5:36 a.m.

    I was looking forward to reading this. :negativeman:
  • Umop3pisdn - November 3, 2010 2:02 a.m.

    oh lol I bet they said it was shit and Microsoft told them to take it down. Don't worry Microsoft soccer moms and 7 year old's don't read games radar they are ignorant and will but your awful product no matter what anybody else says as long as it is on Oprah and Ellen.
  • bg93 - November 3, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    Wow it was taken down. Guess they have an embargo til the day it releases. That's never a good sign!
  • razorman715 - November 3, 2010 1:37 a.m.

    Microsoft should have saved themselves the time of making kinect and just shipped a Wii with every 360 instead.
  • Johnny6Gun - November 2, 2010 11:42 p.m.

    I just want Kinect for traversing the menus with a wave of my hand and voice, like they do in the future!
  • Stahlbrand - November 2, 2010 10:43 p.m.

    Still on youtube, whoops. No surprise a bunch of kid/grandparent games didn't impress, but at least the hardware sounds like it worked. Meh.
  • Embolado - November 2, 2010 10:36 p.m.

    Great Review
  • Stahlbrand - November 2, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    I am mystified whenever I hear somebody ask for RTS games on Kinect. That sounds like an awful fucking idea to me. Just play on a PC with a mouse as God and Blizzard intended. Also, now I wish I had watched the videos when they were up instead of saying "Oh, its 'UK', I'll watch it later I guess"..
  • Eaxis - November 2, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    I enjoyed the unboxing of kinect video, too bad I have to wait to see it in kinaction.
  • TheCakeIsaPie - November 2, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    I admire your ability to be generous in your verdict. Honestly, I agree with KiwiCommander. Why pay $150 to look like an idiot when I can look like an idiot for free just as well?
  • SwampRock - November 2, 2010 9:17 p.m.

    I think adventurey type of games would fit on kinect better for hardcore gamers. Games less devoted to action and more to puzzle solving and that type of thing.
  • taco12324 - November 2, 2010 8:58 p.m.

    OH GOD NO! Kinect shall not pass into this place of residence!

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