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Official Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures (Xbox 360)

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Motion sensor devices are a largely underused asset in home video gaming, in my opinion. There is perhaps a whole discussion to be had about how and why… The “D4” portion of the title eluding to the fourth dimension of time, which you control in different ways to reveal the story of the game.

Kinect Adventures! is one of those perfect examples of a motion controlled action sports game where your body becomes the controller. But if the popularity of the Nintendo Wii and its many successes in motion sensor based games are any indication… there is clearly a fanbase ready to swing their way into some unique gaming experiences.Kinectimals was a Kinect launch title where players can interact with live animals in a virtual space.

One such video features an Xbox One player unnerved by the system registering a human form in the empty space beside him. Another video shows an investigator calling out to the space next to her, only to have a small child-sized figure appear with joint points that constantly change position (shown below). It's extremely eerie and more than a little unsettling, especially when your knowledge of how the hardware actually works can't explain away the phenomenon. I always felt like some of the best selling Nintendo Wii titles that made use of the motion controls felt a bit bland and boring. And Kinect Adventures! is a step above in both excitement and visual appeal. I grew up in Southern California, and had an annual Disney Pass for most of my life, up until I moved from California at the age of 32!And that’s what we should come to expect from a game making good use of the Kinect’s functionality: that it makes the game better, not adding additional difficulty through clumsy motion control or useless functionality.

Star Wars is a franchise used in so many awesome ways in gaming… but when it comes to motion controls, Kinect Star Wars is a great example of what fans have been waiting for… Kinect Star Wars… another perfect example of Xbox’s superiority in awesome IPs to leverage for their Kinect peripheral. If you've seen the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures, you've seen this experiment before: A Kinect, Microsoft's camera peripheral that adds motion and voice control to the Xbox console family, is used to look beyond the veil, modified to capture images of what many believe to be spirits.That doesn’t mean that there aren’t some serious disappointments. Firstly, while the voice and gesture recognition works brilliantly, the integration into the dashboard isn’t as profound or as effective as it first appears. Saying “Xbox” gives you immediate access to a context-sensitive bar of speech commands, but within the Dashboard all you can do is launch the new Kinect Hub. http://www.eetimes.com/design/signal-processing-dsp/4211071/Inside-Xbox-360-s-Kinect-controller - Another Hardware Teardown. Note this article incorrectly states that the PS1080 talks to the Marvell chip.

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