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What could have been the Kinect alternative

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If Microsoft didn’t announced Kinect at E3 last year what would could the alternative have been in order to compete with Nintendo or even SONY that introduced Move?  Should they have created a similar version of the wii or move controller? From what I been reading the Move is fairly accurate so if Microsoft had made their motion controller that was just as accurate what would the marketing be like? Should they have not done anything at all?  What were their options?  I am especially interested in the responses from those that were and are still against Kinect.

My response would be that they needed to do something different that wasn’t just a better version of what we already had. That would also help when marketing the product as you can clearly showcase the differences.  Even if Kinect was less accurate than a Wii-mote or Move you could say well you don’t need a controller at all and Kinect can track your feet etc.  They basically took a risk similar to Nintendo and lucky for them so far it looks like it was the right decision. 



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elnino334 said:

 

If Microsoft didn’t announced Kinect at E3 last year what would could the alternative have been in order to compete with Nintendo or even SONY that introduced Move?  Should they have created a similar version of the wii or move controller? From what I been reading the Move is fairly accurate so if Microsoft had made their motion controller that was just as accurate what would the marketing be like? Should they have not done anything at all?  What were their options?  I am especially interested in the responses from those that were and are still against Kinect.

My response would be that they needed to do something different that wasn’t just a better version of what we already had. That would also help when marketing the product as you can clearly showcase the differences.  Even if Kinect was less accurate than a Wii-mote or Move you could say well you don’t need a controller at all and Kinect can track your feet etc.  They basically took a risk similar to Nintendo and lucky for them so far it looks like it was the right decision. 

So you're pretty much saying that if MS didn't announce something like the Kinect they should have announced something like the Kinect?



twesterm said:
elnino334 said:

 

If Microsoft didn’t announced Kinect at E3 last year what would could the alternative have been in order to compete with Nintendo or even SONY that introduced Move?  Should they have created a similar version of the wii or move controller? From what I been reading the Move is fairly accurate so if Microsoft had made their motion controller that was just as accurate what would the marketing be like? Should they have not done anything at all?  What were their options?  I am especially interested in the responses from those that were and are still against Kinect.

My response would be that they needed to do something different that wasn’t just a better version of what we already had. That would also help when marketing the product as you can clearly showcase the differences.  Even if Kinect was less accurate than a Wii-mote or Move you could say well you don’t need a controller at all and Kinect can track your feet etc.  They basically took a risk similar to Nintendo and lucky for them so far it looks like it was the right decision. 

So you're pretty much saying that if MS didn't announce something like the Kinect they should have announced something like the Kinect?

Exactly.  It didn't have to be Kinect per say but something that can stand on its own.  In the end Kinect is a motion control device but the execution of it had to be different besides just being newer and more advanced etc.  Kinect may be less accurate than a WIi-Mote or PS Move but at least you can say well do those track your feet or head?  They do offer voice recognition and if they do is it better?  Basically they needed to stand out similar to how the Nintendo 3DS will have 3D capabilities wihtout glasses.  That can be used in the marketing even though the DS will still sell regardless it may bring about new people to the system just because of that feature.