Discuss: Kinect on the PC

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December 24, 2010 at 06:12:21
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that some PC games may start using the Microsoft Kinect. Discuss here if you think Microsoft should throw its support behind this move, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
December 24, 2010 at 07:06:05
I imagine you might get more of an actual discussion going if you put a link to this in the "console Gaming" and "PC Gaming" sections. I don't know if that's possible or not, as it's a little different from what you normally do.

I think that if they did create it for the PC, they'd sell it, but not to me. Everything I hear about Kinect says that it has a slight lag to it. Also, there seems to be an abundance of dancing and sports games. Great if you are into those, but that's a specific market.

Then we have the die hard Xbox fans that will follow Microsoft into whatever creation they dream up. We already know that they'll go for it, so it's already a guaranteed profit for them.

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#2
December 25, 2010 at 05:55:57
I have to wonder just how you'd make the kinect interface with a first person shooter game. As far as I can see, you really couldn't.

Mind you, if you could get it to work decently with an FPS, it might actually get some of today's kids to get some exercise

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#3
December 29, 2010 at 10:21:21
Matt123: Then we have the die hard Xbox fans that will follow Microsoft into whatever creation they dream up. We already know that they'll go for it, so it's already a guaranteed profit for them.
Maybe? But there's a pretty big difference between PC gamers and Console gamers, and I'm not talking just about hardware here.

Curt R: I have to wonder just how you'd make the kinect interface with a first person shooter game.
With the Wii, you use the Wiimote to point at what you want to shoot. To turn, you point off to the side. To move, you use the single analog stick. I imagine PS3's Killzone 3 will employ a similar setup. Both of these consoles give you controllers, however, so I don't know how Kinect would pull it off.

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#4
December 29, 2010 at 21:27:26
Razor2.3Maybe? But there's a pretty big difference between PC gamers and Console gamers, and I'm not talking just about hardware here.

And the PC gamers probably won't go for it (in my opinion). But, Xbox fans with a little bit of extra money to spend will go for it. No doubt in my mind.

Also, thinking about it now, I don't really think it would be a smart move for them. Once the "new toy" factor has warn off on it, they won't get used by the average kid. No gamer nowadays wants to dance, or play bowling. That's what the Wii is for.

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#5
December 30, 2010 at 14:09:03
But wouldn't the XBox boys already have a Kinect setup on their XBox? Why not just use that one? I'm assuming the Kinect camera plugs into the XBox controller ports, which are just misshapen USB ports.

Honestly? I'd like to see some sort of PC Kinect API (or at least some drivers), and see what the hacker community can do with it.

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