The four big takeaways from Microsoft’s E3 conference this year include the introduction and explanation of Xbox SmartGlass, the growing uses of Kinect, Internet Explorer for the 360, and an upcoming title line-up that’s consistent with this generation of games.
I didn’t jump on the Wii bandwagon, and I wasn’t impressed with the Move – but when the controller-free Kinect came out, I was willing to give motion gaming a chance. As it turns out, these things just aren’t for everyone.
So, I’ve spent some time with Microsoft’s Kinect. I played with the bundled games and demos, controlled ESPN with my hand, and even set up the device to recognize my face. How does it work? There’s only one way to find out. All right, you could buy it for yourself, so I guess there are a few different ways. Still, click through and read the rest of this, why don’thca?
Aside from Microsoft’s hardware launch, there aren’t many interesting videogames this week for the two high definition systems – unless you’re really into soccer. PSP and Wii owners, on the other hand, have plenty to be excited about.
It’s easy to bag on Microsoft for Kinect – formerly “Project Natal.” It’s a popular whipping boy, and with plenty of good reason. It’s about as far from traditional gaming as you can get, it’s Microsoft’s attempt to jump on the Wii bandwagon, it’s not for hardcore games and, of course, you’ll look really stupid playing it.
But we know all that. Rather than beating a horse that’s been presumed dead even before leaving the stable, let’s take a look at what Microsoft’s doing right with its motion control system.