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
- It had a small library of games. Most of the games were either mini-game collections, training games, or dancing games.
- It's 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 a controller.
- Many of the games developed for the accessory are bad, 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 failed miserably at trying to introduce players to a realistic experience.
- Rather than utilizing a controller with motion detection, it forces you to use your body as a controller.
- Unlike the EyeToy for PlayStation 2, it requires a lot of free space in order to be used, forcing players to move around furniture every time they use it. This becomes worse in houses with small living rooms and borderline impossible for people who have it in their bedrooms.
- There's a slight delay on the controls.
- The novelty of using it dies out really quick.
- While playing, it often takes photos of you without telling you and when you don't ask for it to.
- It raises concerns about privacy violation.
- It is very expensive; the prices ranged from $150 to $299 dollars.
- It was planned to be MANDATORY for the Xbox One.
- You can't use it if the sun blocks it.
- It's reasonably good at making you do some exercise.
- Some good games, like Forza Motorsport 4 and Just dance use this tech.