Sexy ladies can't disguise embarrassing Kinect demo fail

As plans go, it probably sounded pretty watertight. Hire two gorgeous models. Put them on stage in front of the press. Get them to show off the controller-free awesomeness of Kinect. Retire to the nearest drinking establishment for beers and good times. What could possibly go wrong?

Oh dear.

I have no idea where this footage is taken from, but I'm not going to concern myself with such trivialities when something's as full as fail as this. The first clip shows Kinect Sports getting off to a slow start. Then stopping completely. Then starting again. It’s a mess.

Despite the disturbing lack of hand-clapping synchronicity, the Dance Central demo is actually going pretty well... until it nosedives with a wet farting sound straight into disaster town.

To be fair, the vivid picture of epic fail painted here probably isn't entirely down to Kinect. All the flashy lights could easily have been upsetting the technology, for example. And the models are performing an incompetent interpretation of running that Kinect might not be able to compute. We should consider these things.

Unfortunately for Microsoft, less understanding viewers will ignore the complexities of demonstrating a high-tech piece of kit in such a challenging environment and arrive at the conclusion that Kinect looks like it's going to be a bit rubbish.

First spotted on: MSXBOX-WORLD 

July 30, 2010




  • zohcray - October 30, 2010 2:15 a.m.

    Where do I pre order the one in yellow?
  • Metroidhunter32 - August 17, 2010 1:51 a.m.

  • eNdo602 - August 1, 2010 2:12 a.m.

    Where is the one where they take their clothes off?
  • bigmatt957 - August 1, 2010 1:56 a.m.

    not surprised just another pice of junk from microsoft they should just stick to computer software not this crap
  • drgnrbrn316 - July 31, 2010 8:29 p.m.

    In Microsoft's defense, the flash photography probably won't be an issue in the player's living room. It looked like Kinect wanted the two players as close as humanly possible, which doesn't seem like a good idea if there's a lot of moving around. Of course, it could be that the two girls were confused on which avatar was which and the thing was trying to separate them. They didn't seem to be too bright. In the second video, it didn't even look like it was showing their gameplay, but that could be my own ignorance of that game. Is the character on screen supposed to be doing what you were doing or showing you what you're supposed to do? It didn't look to be doing what the girls were doing (and it only looked like one person dancing, despite two players) which suggests that it isn't mimicking them, but at the same time it was saying Nice and Perfect, despite them not doing what the person on screen was doing. They aren't selling me on the whole full body motion control thing yet.
  • arctic00 - July 31, 2010 7:25 p.m.

    Dance Central bars will replace Karaoke bars but no flashing lights and disco balls please.
  • HawtKakez - July 31, 2010 1:37 p.m.

    Well, only the final product will tell if the Kinect can deliver the goods. Even so, these videos provide a nice laugh with a hint of face palm all at the same time.
  • shadowarrior99 - July 31, 2010 4:16 a.m.

    On the second video the avatar clapped but NONE OF THE LADIES clapped. On the second video it looked like it was all guess work. They weren't playing the game... or am i seeing things?
  • Crabhand - July 30, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    Wow, I'm absolutely dazzled by the amazing display of the technology! Consider me sold!
  • crumbdunky - July 30, 2010 10:47 p.m.

    Oh people! Don't make the excuses for this! None of that "oh, flashing lights!" or "model has no rythmn" etc-MS staged this themselves to SHOW off their tech. If it can't do it here why would it with other variables in your home? Surely MS wouldn't pick somewhere that would stop it working? they eithet think it should work here or know it's patchy whatever they do just yet. Whatever, this was another set up thing and another failed demo for Kinect of what's already a boring "game" at best. I worry that ignorant earely Kinect adopters will ewnd up, qickly, with a set tiop ornament and little else unless they find a way of more than two players playing, find some more games(casual and core), find some good games and, lastly, get it working with the games they already have for it. I really want Kinect AND Move AND Wii Motion Plus to bring amazing new things to gaming and don't understand those who just despise motion tech out of hand-it just needs to match or beat what we already have and so far it's just devs haven't thought how best to do it. That goes for Wii games esp and with only a couple of interesting efforts from Sony lately(Sorcery stands right out as interesting as did, to me, the RTS and chameleon demos)and til we see something, anything, more using M+ we will be at a loss with that one. As far as Kinect goes, though, I couldn't really recommend it to anyone yet. there simply aren't the games or the performance to go with the tech's ambitions and even MS seem to have moved backwards over that since E3 2009. We saw much more interesting stuff(even as far as driving controls seeming MILES more immersive and useful last year compared to the mess of Joyride2010)last year, miles more promising but this time the focus has gone beyond just being more casual to being more casual and even less inspired n even THAT area. IDK if they just found the limitations too numerous(lack of sticks and buttons for genres we all love)or found the possibilities too hard to grasp just yet but the net result is people could be buying something with no kind of decent support or library of games for the foreseeable future. I don't want to hate on it but right now I cannot support someone saying that Kinect is the best option of the three for ANYONE right now. The games aren't there, the performance isn't there and the numbers p[laying/allowed to play aren't there. Price is irrelevant when the lack of these things makes value impossible to guage. We shouldn't be making their excuses either-this thing's out soon and should be fit to go in the real world with all it's distractions and if it's this finicky should it be coming out just yet? I dunno-hope they sort it and it's games out by we see nothing right now.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - July 30, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    Certainly not another Power Glove, but definitely not gonna work well.
  • PaulieWaulie - July 30, 2010 8:54 p.m.

    All it needed was the standard Microsoft blue screen of death and it would have been complete.
  • CAPST3R - July 30, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    As far as crap goes, this rules! However, as far as respectable gaming goes, this is withering away in the corner.
  • Hotdiddykong - July 30, 2010 8:25 p.m.

    Oh dear, they should've left the motion to Nintendo, but all they did was fuck it up, lets hope kinect doesn't fail us like in that video
  • metalgatesolid - July 30, 2010 7:01 p.m.

    FAIL!!!!! So some people believe lights make it unresponsive??? Then 1) why did Microsoft use them? 2)passing cars will interupt your gaming! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...Almost feel bad for them.
  • Austin_SJ - July 30, 2010 5:38 p.m.

    The girl in orange is hot. So I missed the demo
  • bengimon85 - July 30, 2010 5:33 p.m.

    the flashing lights didnt help, the kinect kept losing the connection which is what fucked up the whole thing, once you get 1 in your living room should be fine, unless you have flashing on all the time, but then you'd just be a bit weird rofl
  • reverandglass - July 30, 2010 4:49 p.m.

    I've decided that kinect might be my kinda thing. It just kept wanting the 2 sexy ladies to get closer and closer to each other! But besides encouraging lipstick lesbianism kinect is a big pile of fail.
  • FauxFurry - July 30, 2010 4:42 p.m.

    That reminds me of what happened with Miyamoto and his demo of Skyward Sword. Even if they are prone to their own mistakes,you'd think that Microsoft would have learned from Nintendo's failure and cordon off the demo area or shut the whole thing up in a booth or tell the audience to refrain from flash photography,using computers or cell phones near the device as if it were a plane taking off of the run-way.
  • WickedSid - July 30, 2010 4:35 p.m.

    They should have just hired Chris for the Dance Central demo, he seemed to enjoy it more.

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