E3 2013: Body-on with Kinect 2.0


By Darryn Bonthuys on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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It wasn’t just dudes with guns and new console controllers at E3, ya know! There was plenty of tech on offer, including the new tech of the Kinect 2.0. Now, I’ll admit, most folks just don’t want that piece of Xbox One tech. But for those demographics that do? They’re going to be real happy.

Lets face facts: The current Kinect needs a lot of work. But the Kinect 2.0? It’s the Kinect that the current arm-waggler was supposed to be. Goings full body-on with the device in a game of Fantasia, it’s clear that this new version works properly at least.

Your whole body is seen properly this time, and when you interact with an object, by golly, it responds back. Take for instance a game like Fantasia. While it required grand arm gestures for the actual gameplay, it also had sections wherein more subtle gestures were needed, such as smaller movements in order to create unique guitar tracks.

Wiggling my fingers to create that gameplay? It freakin’ works! And all this, in a smaller space at E3, a venue which was already filled to bursting. Combined with the other Kinect features that Microsoft showed me on the last day, and the improvements are clear to see with the Kinect.

While most of you would still prefer the Xbox One to ship cheaper without the Kinect, or are worried about it Big Brothering you with surveillance, I will admit that Microsoft is shipping the console with an add-on that works beautifully.

Now if they could just start learning to communicate with their audiences better, then they could really sell them on the new Kinect. I like it, and this is coming from a guy who was once forced to play Kung Fu Panda: The Game, on the damn original chunk of plastic.

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Author:Darryn Bonthuys

Because he's the writer that Lazygamer deserves, but not the one it actually needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can't take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a loud-mouthed journalist, a watchful procrastinator. A dork knight.

  • Hammersteyn

    Nothings getting me up from my lazyboy. It’s like those kid shows where they want you to get up and sing and dance along. Nope, not happening.

    • Rinceyouropinion

      What you said, I’d pass you a beer, but I can’t be bothered to get up…

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    No thanks. Skynet can go somewhere else

    • Zoe

      i know! would need a tin foil hat to let that thing into my house

  • Argentil

    Ja, Darryn. Good try. Fantasia is not something someone would buy a Kinect for. Currently there is nothing out there that someone would buy a Kinect for (maybe a few kids). Opinions will shift a bit if MS can actually get a half-decent title out in the open that uses the features properly. Motion control, through Microsoft’s vision, is a flawed concept.

    PRISM is a very real problem, MS have even admitted to handing over private info in the past.

    If Murica feels threatened, they have no qualms admitting they are monitoring foreigners.

    http://ruvr.co.uk/2013_06_15/Facebook-Microsoft-US-Prism/

    http://www.slashgear.com/prism-revelations-continue-microsoft-bug-access-and-court-order-workarounds-14286428/

    • Rinceyouropinion

      But what about Star Wars Dance IIV! Don’t you want to “Do the Han Solo!” EDIT: My bad, Do the Han Solo is that article on that VR Erotic Game, am right?! Bo YA!

      • Argentil

        Perhaps, if I can be assured that I’m not being watched. The rest of that game was a travesty though.

  • Jakster

    Pffffffffft……. Third positive X1 story for the day.

    Next you are going to report that the X1 only requires 1kb of data for online checks.

    STOP….it’s HAMMERTIME

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