Kinect unboxing: Shiny things, cables and stupid hats

Kinect has arrived in the GamesRadar UK office, so we've made an unboxing video to show you what's inside. Admittedly, it may not be as exciting as the time we unboxed some jam doughnuts, but it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. Though remarkably similar...

We've been skeptical about how Kinect will do as a console in its own right, but there is a definite Christmas morning feeling to proceedings. The game cases are a different colour, as if to say this is a different product to regular Xbox 360 titles. It all smells new too, which helps to make us feel excited, and the amount of new cables, instruction booklets and seals to break all add up to give us a warm fuzzy feeling.

Above: Breaking the seal on Kinectimals. You don't have to have hand model-perfect thumbs to do this

Just look how handsome the unit is. It's smaller than we expected, and in the ten minutes it's been open, has already attracted a load of dust and fingerprints.

Above: Three eyes? I'm sure we'll work out exactly what's for what once we get it working

Above: The unit is amazingly glossy to look at, but that just shows up all the dust. Damn...

And just look at the selection of games we'll be playing with! Look out for more on this little lot throughout the day.

Above: Yup, we'll be rafting, fighting, petting and getting fit. And then we'll play some Kinect! Fnar fnar

But of course, there is the feeling of trepidation as we realise we'll shortly be playing with this...

Above: If ever an instruction booklet was scarier than a horror novel, it's this one. Skittles... NOOOOO!!!!!

Check back later when we'll have some hands-on impressions of Kinect. As for me, I'm off to buy a whip. I'm not taking any crap from a virtual tiger.

02 Nov, 2010


  • philipshaw - November 3, 2010 8:08 p.m.

    Looks shit
  • StrayGator - November 2, 2010 4:14 p.m.

    "Three eyes*? I'm sure we'll work out exactly what's for what once we get it working." the center one is a plain 640*480 digital camera sensor, the other two are depth sensors. using 2 points of reference helps the system "understand" the exact location of each element, very much like stereoscopic vision. * Darn! they shouldv'e called it "The Triclops"!
  • n00b - November 2, 2010 4:06 p.m.

    so.......... where's child of eden? would have been a killer launch game,since you can use the controller.
  • mausjake - November 2, 2010 3:32 p.m.

    "If you don't have any friends, you don't probably don't need kinect" I could have swore skittles was for all those friend deprived 7 year olds anyway.
  • db1331 - November 2, 2010 2:48 p.m.

    @PlainLikeVanilla I DO have an interest in this article. Mocking terrible games and gaming peripherals is relevant to my interests.
  • PlainLikeVanilla - November 2, 2010 2:23 p.m.

    @db1331 Why do you even bother looking at articles when you clearly have no interest in them? The current Kinect releases are obviously not great but I'm looking forward to seeing where Kinect goes in the future, maybe less focus on animal based games and more focus on other things. I know I'm looking forward to Child of Eden.
  • grizzly311 - November 2, 2010 2:05 p.m.

    Nope...still not interested in Kinect. But I do love unboxing new toys!!
  • bluscorp - November 2, 2010 12:56 p.m.

    It's bigger then i thought it would be. I am interested in reading what you have to say about it.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - November 2, 2010 12:12 p.m.

    and it comes with SIX GAMES... and not one of them are good. -_-
  • ConnorSlasberg - November 2, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    Slightly random I know but do you guys help out with work experience at GamesRadar at all?
  • Darvan - November 2, 2010 12:08 p.m.

    I hope when the time comes you guys throughly review the unit and see if it really holds up to do what it's suppose to do. I'm getting tried of paying for tech and finding out it isn't complete cause of bad reviews.
  • db1331 - November 2, 2010 12:07 p.m.

    You guys are actually excited about this shit?
  • HarryBalls - November 2, 2010 12:05 p.m.

    I predict a day of shitty games awaits ye Towlie.
  • NeelEvil - November 2, 2010 12:02 p.m.

    Skittles has the same cold dead eyes as Timber the Tiger from Diddy Kong Racing. Consider me terrified.
  • WillisTron - November 2, 2010 noon

    I really want to dance around as my avatar...

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