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 havehand 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

Justin Towell

Justin was a GamesRadar staffer for 10 years but is now a freelancer, musician and videographer. He's big on retro, Sega and racing games (especially retro Sega racing games) and currently also writes for Play Magazine,, PC Gamer and TopTenReviews, as well as running his own YouTube channel. Having learned to love all platforms equally after Sega left the hardware industry (sniff), his favourite games include Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams, Zelda BotW, Sea of Thieves, Sega Rally Championship and Treasure Island Dizzy.