The Kinect has garnered mixed reviews since it was fully unveiled at E3. Fudzilla reports that the biggest issue the motion-capture peripheral faces may be due to its high price tag. The Kinect is set to retail for $149, although Microsoft is adamant that the price could change before launch.
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It'll have to if Redmond wants a success. Several retailers have reported very low pre-order sales. This quote from the Fudzilla article stands out to me,
“The titles just were not compelling enough. I don’t think most people saw one title that they thought that they could not live without.”
I thought the same thing after seeing the Kinect at E3. The technology is cool, but it won't be a good gaming peripheral until it gets some truly great games. That's not going to happen while Microsoft is busy trying to compete with the Wii. Customers don't want the same titles we've been playing for years.
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In the end, developers will make or break the Kinect. Somewhere out there is the game idea that will bring this technology to maturity. Hopefully it hits before Microsoft starts shoveling unsold Kinects into the desert.