Microsoft is bracing its new Kinect peripheral to be not only the biggest motion control peripheral, but the biggest gaming hardware period this holiday season. It has poured half a billion dollars into making us want to drop our controllers, get off our couches and usher in a new generation in interactivity.
We’ve seen promotion from Justin Beiber, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, and the list goes on. It’s been all over the TV in commercials for Burger King and is covering the thresholds of every GameStop in my city. It has a powerful launch lineup consisting of titles from tried and true developers like Ubisoft, Konami and the Sonic Team. Despite these things, many gamers have resolved not to buy the device.
So with all the moms, dads, aunts, uncles and grandmas planning on picking this thing up, how do the gamers really feel? The DS staff consists mostly of core gamers and our opinions on the device are as varying as you’ll find. Kinect comes out today so without further ado, who’s buying it?
Al Zamora – Editor
“This is not a purchase for me until more games are released that appeal to me. The launch lineup is geared for the casual and younger gamers which are a great demographic for MS to attack but it has little to no interest to me at this stage. Games will need to be developed specifically for this in order to really propel it to the forefront of gaming but right now it is a cool concept that needs more to appeal to the hardcore gamers of the world.”
Allen Park – Writer
“I definitely won’t be buying it for sure. Besides the fact that I don’t own a 360, the asking price is just waaaay too much for me, and I honestly can’t see any benefit to the technology, gaming wise. Beyond Dance Central, I literally cannot think of one innovation this provides to gaming that makes me want it desperately. In terms of interface, it might be a revolutionary thing and finally get all of us pretending we’re in Minority Report, but I don’t think I’d ever spend that cash just to pretend I’m Batman in the privacy of my own home. It’s funny; even though this shows the most potential of all the “motion gaming” peripherals, it’s the one that least appeals to me. I really could not care less about it at this point.”
Chad Awkerman – Editor
“Sorry Microsoft. I like the new Dashboard update and all, but Kinect doesn’t interest me in the least. With the exception of one unique experience (from the looks of it), in Child of Eden, which isn’t even a launch title, the device holds no applications that I’m interested in. I don’t have kids (although I can definitely see Kinect having great applications for children) and I’m not a casual gamer. Unless experiences that are very well designed come along for RPGs, much like Sony has in mind for the Move, I won’t be buying Kinect at any point.
Its one saving grace, in my mind, is the whole “Minority Report” idea, which I think is really cool, and would probably be the extent of applications I’d use Kinect for. But, in my mind, that isn’t anywhere near enough to justify the cost. Perhaps if it made breakfast for me, it would be worth the $150, but that’s about the only thing that could get me to drop that cash on Kinect.”
Chris Guzman – Writer
“I’ll be buying Kinect on launch day, midnight event and all. The idea of minority report actions and motion gaming without a controller intrigues me so much I’m willing to spend the money for it. I’m also a fan of the fitness potential, where working out in fun ways like Dance Central sound amazing, and more in your face games like Your Shape award me for burning 10,000 calories. I’m also a huge core gamer, as my favorite games are in the Western RPG and shooter categories like Gears of War and Fallout, but I’ll give anything a chance, and after playing Dance Central and Kinect adventures at NYCC, I instantly was on the band wagon. With it shipping with voice recognition, I can see developers pushing the system to the max with great AAA titles to come.”
Francois Chang – Editor
“I won’t be buying it. I’m not going to get it until a game that utilizes Kinect comes out, but doesn’t feel like its features were forced upon it. It’s a fine line that has to be walked in order for me to believe a motion controlled game is worth my time. Think Super Mario Galaxy 2. Motion control use? Yes. But did it make sense? Definitely.”
Jessica Brohard – Writer
“I’m not going to be buying it in the near future at least. I’m a poor college student and there’s no way I can afford it.”
Joel Taveras – Editor
“There was a time where I was completely skeptical about Knect and what it would offer to the core gamer. Now that it’s here and I’ve had the opportunity to play many of its games for myself I must say that the potential is definitely there. It’s all a matter of who will tap into what the Kinect can truly offer. As of right now the experience is very much casual but at the same time, its also very fun to play. I do feel that if the right ideas or concepts come along, Kinect does have the potential to offer a killer app… I just hope we don’t have to wait too long for it.”
John Colaw – Writer
“I think I’m going to have to pass for now, with a couple of reasons factoring into this decision. The first is price, and Kinect is just something I can’t afford right now. But even more important than that is the same reason I originally didn’t plan on buying a Wii; there are currently no games for it that interests me. I’m not saying they’re bad, but they’re not interesting enough to entice me to get the system at this point in time.
However, I do now own a Wii because that situation changed over time. Games came out I wanted and I bought one. Perhaps this will be the case with Kinect as well.”
Josh Wright – Writer
“Dear Microsoft, I have a Wii, thanks!”
Kenneth Richardson – Writer
“Personally, I won’t be buying Kinect because the initial price point is too high and because I don’t find myself too interested in anything it has to offer at the moment. Perhaps I would be interested in pursuing it once it falls into the $100 range. If I felt as though this item was a must have as far as diverse and varied gaming possibilities, I would probably spring for it regardless of the price. After all, I am saving up for the Nintendo 3DS. Unfortunately, this isn’t how I feel about it. As a gamer, I’d be lying to say I wasn’t at least a little interested in it. I would like to own one, simply because it is a console and the interface applications do look cool, but I cannot and will not pay $150 for this. MS spent half a billion bucks making everyone except gamers want this thing and I feel that this will reflect in who chooses to, or chooses not to buy Kinect.”
Tyler Christensen – Writer
“I will not be purchasing Kinect, not for the fact that I don’t own an Xbox 360 (because I do) but mainly due to the fact that the Kinect doesn’t interest me in the slightest. 24 years of gaming with a controller in my hands is a long time for familiarity. Sorry Microsoft, but you won’t be getting any my Benjamins.”
Yaris Gutierrez – EIC
“The Kinect has been shrouded in absolute mystery until recently when Microsoft decided it was time to unveil what the peripheral will be able to do once it was in our homes. The overall idea is amazing, even though some might label it a glorified PSEye (which is far from the truth); the execution, however, leaves many like me a tad perplexed at its solutions.”
As of now, I’m not interested in the Kinect. It has little to do with the pricing, and a lot more with the applications that are being released on it at this point. And although it might mature down the line to more well-rounded genres of gaming, its current state is aimed for the more casual crowd which deprives the hardcore gamer from the overall true experience.
Will I get the Kinect? That’s all depending on the direction I see it going. At this juncture, though, I can’t see myself petting virtual animals and playing sports games through movement. I experienced that on the Wii, and is the same reason I haven’t picked up a Move yet. Give me something worth caring about.”
So the clear majority of us won’t be picking up the device and we’ve told you why. All we ask is that you don’t let our opinions affect yours. Go pickup Kinect- if you want it- and come back and tell us about it. For those of you shopping don’t forget to grab our launch guide for details all the launch titles. Now that you know if we’re buying it, are you?