The Kinect is a line of motion sensing input devices by Microsoft for Xbox 360 and Xbox One video game consoles and Windows PCs. Based around a webcam-style add-on peripheral, it enables users to control and interact with their console/computer without the need for a game controller, through a natural user interface using gestures and spoken commands.
Microsoft officially stopped production of the Kinect in 2017.
Why it flopped
- A very small selection of games are available for it. Most of the games on the Kinect were either mini-game collections, training games, or dancing games.
- It is very easy to make it lose track of your position.
- If it already struggles to track one player, tracking two players at once is even harder.
- Menu navigation is tedious and makes you want to just use the regular controller.
- Many of the games developed with this technology were terrible, with unresponsive controls and mediocre gameplay, such as: Sonic Free Riders, Kinect Star Wars, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor and Dragon Ball Z: For Kinect, just to name a few.
- Voice commands often don't work.
- It tried to introduce players into a realistic experience, but failed miserably.
- Rather than enhancing gameplay experience with Motion control, it tries to replace regular controls instead. That's NOT how Motion Control should work.
- It requires a lot of free space in your room to be used, forcing players to move around their furniture every time they use it. This becomes worse in houses with small living rooms and borderline impossible for people who have their consoles in their bedrooms.
- Slight delay on the controls.
- The novelty of using it dies out really quick.
- It often takes photos of you while playing without telling you and when you don't want it too.
- It raises concerns about privacy violation.
- Its very expensive, with prices from $150 to $299 dollars.
- It was planned to be MANDATORY for the Xbox One.
- It becomes unusable if the sun blocks it.
- It's reasonably good at making you do some exercise.
- Some good games, like Forza Motorsport 4 uses this tech.