Last week we took a look at what the experts were saying about Xbox Kinect after it launched in the US. Today, the motion-sensing hands-free gaming controller has hit the stores in the UK, so we decided to feature some of the comments or expectations the actual buyers of the £130 controller are having at the moment.
BBC Radio’s Newsbeat went to a Game store in Milton Keynes for the midnight opening of the Xbox Kinect and spoke to some people who were there to buy the Xbox 360 add-on. Here are some excerpts from the comments.
Liam, 22, seems excited and expects more exciting features. “Controllers have always been good but they’re getting a bit old hat, and anyone will be able to have a go at this.”
Michael, 21, used to play his Xbox a lot but not anymore and an expectation of some new experience has lured him to try Xbox Kinect. “I’d like to see some more first person shooters for Kinect or something like FIFA – hopefully the games won’t be so like the ones on the Nintendo Wii.”
Steven, 29, had already played a trial and found Xbox Kinect awesome. “It’s better than the Wii – you don’t have to hold a pad – you can sit there and drink a cup of tea while you play.”
Josh, 19, is an avid gamer and believes the Kinect can open the Xbox up to a bigger family audience while not necessarily losing any of the hardcore gaming. “I’d love to play Gears of War 3 through Kinect, and I’d like to see a more serious driving game too like Need for Speed.”
Mickey, 19, believes Xbox Kinect is a step up from what Sony’s PlayStation3 is “doing at the moment with Move, which is a good concept, but you’ve still got a remote in your hand, and this is freehand.”
Grant, 20, hopes Xbox Kinect will be as good as it looks and is looking forward to see some more fighting and fitness games. “My other half is looking forward to it as well. My little boy will want to play it all the time too but he’s got to go to school hasn’t he?”
[Via the BBC]