So I bought this awesome microphone... Kinect was it?

#1 Posted by Grelik (141 posts) -

It has this weird camera attachment that apparently can track the movement of my hands and stuff... Don't know what's up with that, but its cool.

No but seriously... Anyone else noticing that much of the time the Kinect is mentioned and how it makes "core" games better, it's normally just voice commands? Even most of the Kinect UI stuff they're showing off is nothing more than voice commands. In particular a funny moment was when Geoff Keighley interviewed the Microsoft guy who was talking about how Kinect makes the Mass Effect 3 experience better, Geoff asks "Couldn't that just be done with a microphone though?" and the guy gets all butt hurt "Well, I GUESS." and continued to be ever so slightly sour the rest of the interview.

I'm not sure, but until they can find a way to make a good game that isn't on rails and allow you to somehow control the movement of your character effectively, I'm pretty sure you just bought yourself an expensive microphone.

Thoughts?

#2 Posted by SamFo (1513 posts) -

head tracking in forza - all the sports games it's been announced for, ghost recon...

do you actually have any examples apart from mass effect?

#3 Posted by Wolverine (4276 posts) -

@SamFo said:

head tracking in forza - all the sports games it's been announced for, ghost recon...

do you actually have any examples apart from mass effect?

I think the motion aspect of ghost recon actually looks harder than just using a controller. I enjoy my KInect because I can pause whatever I'm watching on Netflix with my voice so I can make a sandwich, but I find it useless for video games.

#4 Posted by GuyIncognito (445 posts) -

Xbox, stop acting like a six year old console.

#5 Posted by Brendan (7663 posts) -

Motion controls will never be that comprehensive for most games, while gamepads will. Think of all the small things the fingers do at once, coordinating correctly to play a game. No one is ever going to make a motion control scheme that makes it effective and compelling to coordinate the whole body in such a way as too make a game with absolutely nothing taken away from the experience.

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