Xbox 360 Kinect from Microsoft is not only another peripheral for Xbox 360. It’s a future of Motion Gaming. Microsoft was looking for anything new and beyond the features of their earlier product Wii. Microsoft was looking for some natural user interfaces and the final output came which is Kinect, Which is now future for Microsoft.
“Kinect” is Microsoft’s new motion-sensing system for the Xbox 360 that does away with the game controller in favor of the player’s own body. It’s a horizontal bar hardware to the existing Microsoft Xbox gaming console, one which plugs into any of the systems.
It uses black camera bar, four microphones, and three video lenses to locate your body, which scans your body to identify your height and facial features and your movements. It has a microphone to recognize your voice, letting you speak commands and navigate menus. The actual Kinect sensor is roughly 11 inches wide by 3 inches deep and can be centered above or below your TV.
Kinect is always on; the user can activate Kinect controls simply by waving “hello” at the screen. A small hand icon in the bottom-right corner begins to animate, and the dashboard will automatically switch to the Kinect-enabled menu system.
This menu, called Kinect Hub, features oversize icons representing each Kinect-compatible Xbox 360 feature. Selecting one involves holding your mouse-cursor-like hand icon static over a selection for a few seconds. You can do all this by your voice also as Kinect can work it.
The Games available are Kinect Adventures (included with the hardware), Kinect Sports, Kinectimals, Kinect Joy Ride, and Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, and Dance Party and many more games and apps in under development.
If you want to lose weight, Microsoft Kinect has many options for that also. There are many health-related Exercises, Yoga, Aerobics available. While you’re exercising you receive feedback from a personal trainer on the screen, As Kinect is tracking all of your Body movements. It’ll know whether you’re doing the exercise correctly or not.
Along with the games, there are many applications also available. Video Kinect, chat Application let you communicate with not only the Xbox 360 Kinect users but also any Windows Live Messenger user as well. Here, the sensor’s head-tracking feature really comes into to play, allowing the subject to move freely in a general area without necessarily leaving the frame.
Control free gaming
The Direct competitor of Kinect is PlayStation Move and Wii. Kinect is Controller-free gaming and it has its pros and cons also. It has beautiful HD graphics.
It is great for parties and homes with large living-room areas, but not made for small compact rooms. Kinect games use full-body while playing. Every game we played required the user to stand.
That’s why the users who want to use the system as a workout, best for them, but it’s not so great
for the gamer who’s just looking to zone out rather than work up a sweat.
If you are buying a whole Xbox 360 Kinect, there is a setup guide available But if you have already a new Xbox 360, You need to buy only one Kinect and need to plug in via the dedicated Kinect port in the back, just above the ethernet cable.
If you have an older model of Xbox 360, the AC adapter provides power while also extended a USB input for plugging in via the backport. For those with a WiFi dongle, Microsoft’s suggesting you use that packaged USB extender and plug your wireless connection into one of the front two ports.