Kinect - it's crap
I remember the TV game shows with camera based controls. I remember (still have) the PS2 EyeToy and a selection of titles for it. I knew camera gaming was imprecise and had a large feeling of disconnect. So I never bought into the Kinect hype. I was willing to assume the new revolutionary Kinect technology made camera gaming more precise and responsive, but certainly not willing to part with $150 for a gadget containing $30 worth of components destined to be more a curiosity than a controller.
Then I got the opportunity to use the Kinect. There's absolutely nothing better about it. it's literally worse than every other piece of technology I own.
The lag is atrocious. Half (at least) the time the device doesn't pick up your moves. You can't tell if you're going to win but the lag is still processing or if you're going to lose because it didn't pick up your move or if you're going to win because the spastic thing randomly decided you must have done the right move.
The voice recognition is atrocious. I'm not going to try to make a case for how well I annunciate, I'll just say that my Android phone has no difficulty at all figuring out what I've said. I would assume an iPhone would be just as capable. I would assume the Kinect would have better voice recognition than what was available on an Apple][e, but sadly no.
Anyone who "loves" their Kinect is in the delusional phase of buyers' remorse. It gets no benefit of the doubt from me any longer, as there is no longer any doubt. It's a $150 piece of crap.
Posted by II 9572AD II
on 16 July 12 at 15:34
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