Recently we had a kids party at home. As usual they played Xbox Kinect. Out of curiosity, I asked them to stack up all the kinect games in order of their favorite played games.
Here is what they chose.
While the usual suspects all made it to the top 5 most loved games, i was surprised Kinectimals came up on the top of the stack.
Mind you , this is the very first Kinect game Microsoft XBOX launched with kids as target audience.
I do like the game, but hey Microsoft!, where is the follow up hit?
On their Facebook page, Xbox team has announced the reveal date for their next generation Xbox. Some are already calling it Xbox 720, Durango etc.
Our community has asked us in the past about what it means for the Kinect technology that our kids enjoy playing. In summary, here is what we are expecting to happen.
(Please note: this is our guess based on several sources not including Microsoft)
- Kinect experience will get way better. Some of the features such as ‘ ability to distinguish’ multiple players will be a key upgrade for kids. This will lessen their frustrations they have with some games now.
- Kinect will be integrated closer in to Xbox hardware. Whether it will be fully integrated sensor or a standalone sensor, we can expect there will be new sensor hardware
- Kinect will be used much more for living room digital navigation. We can expect gesture based controls for media consumption to be the central user interaction approach
Hope that helps. We are all eager to see what comes out on May 21st. Meanwhile, enjoy the games.
New York Times article about a day in the life of a busy mom. She talks about many things, including Kinect with her three active boys.
The Xbox Kinect Dance Central game, I will tell you that is hysterical. I actually love the fact that this Kinect thing helps them jump around
Enjoy the article here.
For our community reviews of Dance Central and other favorite games, visit our guide for Xbox Kinect Favorites by Age.
Our community has already been a big fan of the “2-way TV” concept that Kinect introduced last year with the Sesame Street TV and Nat Geo games. What we liked in these games has been the learning coupled with playing for young kids.
This new season has excellent content and more learning. We are looking forward to feedback and reviews from the community. The games are now available for download though the Xbox Live.
Have your kids played these games yet? Love to hear back from you.
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Our community has always seen the broad potential of Kinect technology. In the past we noted its role in education, healthcare and entertainment.
Here is another encouraging and much-needed use rehabilitating our veterans.
Beyond physical therapy, Kinect may eventually be used for training and simulation purposes, as well as treating post-traumatic stress disorder through group sessions.
For further reading, source: http://www.theverge.com/2012/12/18/3781358/microsoft-working-with-miliary-for-kinect-physical-therapy
The good folks at Xbox are making the following downloads free.
If you already own Happy Action Theater, we recommend downloading Kinect Party. Follow the links below, sign in to your Xbox account online and buy them ( FREE).
while you are at it, there are few other free downloads worth checking out.
It sure seems so. Surface, Glass, Tiles, Windows…Carpet etc not withstanding, the only innovation from Microsoft that is holding its own against Apple’s dominance seems to be Kinect.
And it seems to come from growing loyalty from the most fickle of demographics. Kids aged 3 to 13.
Our community here (parents of kids loving Kinect Xbox) doesn’t need the extra validation, but Nielsen Research just announced their survey of what kids 6-12 years want as their present. Xbox with Kinect is all the way up there along with iPad, iPhone etc as the most wished for purchase for kids ages 6-12 years.
In the Kinect technology platform, Microsoft finally found something that is simple, enjoyable and works( most of the time). That company now has every reason to believe they can expand their presence in the living room real estate. They sure have done it in my home. I have 2 kids under 12 years of age and they seem to enjoy playing Kinect games.
This enduring loyalty seems to come from 2 key reasons.
- Makes them the center of attention: With kids in mind, the Xbox Kinect team did a smart thing coming up with an immersive experience where the kid is visually in the middle of the game. Titles such as Sesame Street, and these others do a neat job of keeping the kid right in the middle of the game.
- Keeps it physical: Parents are more likely to approve it since it keeps kids active. Kids use their body as the controller. More than the adults, the body controlled playing seems to be natural to younger kids (Once they set it up and practice it). Despite some quirks, Xbox kept improving the ease of use and navigation
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