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With Kinect, Microsoft set out to do something more ambitious with motion control than Sony did with the Move and Nintendo did with the Wii: Kinect turns your entire body into an Xbox 360 controller. And with the right games — and the right furniture layout — it actually works. Kinect also adds voice control to the Xbox 360, and when it's handled well, it can be a real game-changer for anyone used to punching buttons to swap weapons or order a squad member to attack an enemy.

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Critic reviews

7.3
10 reviews
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    6.5
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    7.5
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User reviews

8.1
58 reviews
6.0
Engadget Nov 4, 2010

The Kinect as hardware is great, but there's plenty of room for software engineers and UI designers to improve. And speaking of room, if you're worried about cramped space, you might want to get a measuring tape before shelling out $149.

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8.0
PC Mag Nov 4, 2010

Kinect gets you groundbreaking technology that tracks your full body lets you use your voice to control your Xbox, and opens doors for new, exciting gameplay experiences. If you have an Xbox, Kinect is a must-have add-on that's more than worthy of our Editors' Choice Award.

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7.0
CNET Nov 3, 2010

With its impressive body tracking and unique, controller-free experience, Kinect is great for casual gaming parties and workouts--assuming you have enough room to play it.

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7.0
Wired Nov 4, 2010

The software that drives the current version of Kinect leaves a lot to be desired, and even if Microsoft fixes these early problems, the hardware labors under some perhaps insurmountable limitations.

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6.0
Joystiq Nov 4, 2010

For all the talk of revolutionizing the Xbox 360 experience and making gaming more natural/ accessible, it's bordering on absurd how broken Kinect is when it comes to something as simple as working in your home. If Kinect does work for you, congratulations...

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Nov 4, 2010

It sounds cliche, but Kinect really is a truly revolutionary way of interacting with your games console...Kinect shows that the future of gaming can be without buttons, as long as you’ve got a big enough lounge to enjoy it in.

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8.0
CNET UK Nov 4, 2010

Kinect won't cater to the hard-core gaming market -- it's just not accurate enough. But it's rollicking great fun. Exhausting and ridiculous, you're guaranteed a giggle if you get the kids involved or set it up at your next party. Just bear in mind that you'll need plenty of space.

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8.0
Gear Live Nov 8, 2010

based on our time with Kinect, we think that it should instead be looked at almost as a whole new console, and a whole new way of playing games. It's just such a cool device that opens up and displays the possibilities that the future holds.

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7.0
TechRadar Nov 4, 2010

...it's not a perfect product by any means, and many hardcore gamers out there are going to be disappointed by it. However, we think it's an impressive piece of technology, and in the months and years ahead we envisage it spawning some truly revolutionary games.

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8.0
Digital Trends Nov 4, 2010

Kinect is not for long time gamers, but rather casual players, and that is where the Kinect shines, because at the core of everything is the one simple fact that the Kinect is fun.

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8.0
ryan ryan

We got the Kinect here at gdgt HQ this week, and although it's not the first time I've played with it (team gdgt had a big outing to a Kinect event here in SF a couple weeks ago), it was the first time I've been able to sit down with it for an extended period of time, and in an...

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9.0
deinfinityx deinfinityx

I have never been one for motion controls, the Wii was ok, but in the end was more of a gimmick but had its functional moments. But the Kinect has been hands down the best peripheral I have ever owned. The one downside has been lack of games but that seems to be a remedy that is in the works....

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9.0
GB330033 GB330033

So, Kinect. Pretty cool little device! I picked one up at the midnight launch and have spent a good amount of time playing with what is going to extend the lifespan of the Xbox 360 by at least two years. Right off the bat, I started playing around in the menu. Honestly, I’m not terribly...

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7.0
oospunkey oospunkey

Almost exactly what I expected. Doesn't quite track well with young kids (shorties). I do have to move the couch back to get multiplayer to work. As long as your sitting in the right spot, it work great!

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8.0
ThomasConnery ThomasConnery

I pre-ordered the Kinect and Xbox system. It arrived via Amazon on release day and I couldn't be happier. My wife has enjoyed gaming for the first time in years and even my 4 year old loves it. Great fun for families. Kinect Adventures is a fantastic bundled title and I'm anxious to...

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7.0
shawnmcdonald shawnmcdonald

Using your hands to navigate the various apps and screens seems awkward and takes too long. However, the voice recognition is accurate and allows me to navigate quickly.

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7.0
joba78 joba78

The Kinect sensor does what MS claims the device is supposed to do. Plain and simple. I purchased it used from gamestop about a week ago. I did not want to purchase new at its launch. When MS stated at E3 2011 that core titles are coming, I chose to pick one up. Here is why I chose used over...

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10
psritter psritter

not only a well designed interface for games, but serious potential for the future of computer interfaces. Technologies like this allow us to believe that some science fiction becomes reality.

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6.0
Hellshock Hellshock

Kinect and many Kinect games can't view people in wheel chair, Kinect doesn't work with people that are sitting down in couch. I think Microsoft need to fix this problem, only Fruit Ninja works with people on wheel chair without problems.

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8.0
rpmehta rpmehta

I have been enjoying the Kinect portion of my XBOX immensely. There was a Wii-like drop off of enthusiasm after the first few weeks, but I am now using it as my pseudo workout device. Just breaking a sweat every evening is good enough. The device is great for casual games, but I also love the...

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9.0
shawnppickett shawnppickett

If you've got the room, the Kinect is awesome, a lot of the games are quite fun with it's motion controls, however if you don't have at least 8 feet in front of your screen, with room for you to move side to side, jump, or back and forth, then it's not so good. The voice controls also allow for...

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4.0
michaelscarn michaelscarn

Out of all of the consoles and their respective motion controls, Xbox Kinect sounded the coolest on paper. Unfortunately, it rarely performs as advertised. Constant recalibration is required, say goodbye to your coffee table, and pray you live in a large house. I am giving it at least a four out...

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5.0
Brandon Brandon

Its a still mostly a gimmick. I wouldn't recommend that anyone pay full price for one but if you can do a Costco exchange or are in the market for a new xbox anyways, go for it. Kids will probably love it. But in the end it will collect dust right next to your Wii.

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