Kinect Sports Rivals video shows off fancy Xbox One tech

The new Kinect included with Xbox One is incredible. And a new video for Kinect Sports Rivals shows off some of the crazy tech built into Microsoft's next-gen camera.

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The new Kinect included with Xbox One is incredible. Microsoft is clearly betting a lot on the camera, which is largely responsible for Xbox One's $500 price tag. Yet oddly, they've done little to show what Kinect can do with games.

It's clear that the next-gen Kinect is a powerful piece of hardware. A new promotional video for Kinect Sports Rivals does a good job of showing exactly what Microsoft's camera can do. For example, it can recreate your face with a map of 1400 points.

Because Kinect can now read your hands, Rare made a wall-climbing game for Rivals. Bowling and tennis--two Wii Sports mainstays--will supposedly be more accurate, thanks to Kinect's ability to track your body.

Should Rivals live up to its promise, perhaps it will be able to sell exactly why Kinect will change gaming forever. But it won't do so at Xbox One's launch. The game has been delayed to next year.

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    August 21, 2013 2:45 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Kinect Sports Rivals video shows off fancy Xbox One tech.

    The new Kinect included with Xbox One is incredible. And a new video for Kinect Sports Rivals shows off some of the crazy tech built into Microsoft's next-gen camera.

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      August 21, 2013 3:24 PM

      I know pretty much everybody is down on Kinect these days... but a lot of the stuff I've seen so far shows that this new one is WAY beyond what the old one could do. It does seem fairly impressive. It seems like we will be a lot closer to what they promised in the first place (although half a generation late).

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        August 21, 2013 3:43 PM

        Of course the whiners will look like idiots and this thing will sell shitloads

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          August 21, 2013 5:12 PM

          I'd rather be the guy that didn't buy one.

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            August 21, 2013 5:53 PM

            Ill balance that by not buying a PS4

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        August 21, 2013 4:04 PM

        The tech is impressive, I said that about the original Kinect. However I still haven't seen it used in a meaningful or revolutionary way in hardcore games. The developers have to know that people don't want to actually walk hundreds of miles and hack at hundreds of enemies as they would if Kinect was used for a game like Skyrim. They have to be more creative in using the technology as well as show more discretion - it might not be good for every aspect of a game so don't force the issue(looking at you Steel Battalion:Heavy Armor).

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          August 21, 2013 5:21 PM

          that's true, and I really hope we see better integration now that everyone will have one.

          That being said, this is pretty damn awesome use for the tech... how awesome would it have been to get an accurate 3D model of your face for your character in Mass Effect / Skyrim / Saint's Row / etc?

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          August 21, 2013 5:21 PM

          The original Kinect had too low fidelity, too high latency, to really be used for anything that matters in-game. Turns out players get angry when the input mechanism fails them and they die, or whatever.

          The new one is way better on every axis. Will it be enough? We'll see, but hopefully.

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            August 22, 2013 7:54 PM

            They have an uphill battle in getting people to understand the new tech instead of just assuming it's the same as the old Kinect.

            Ironically, if the first Kinect had never existed they might have an easier time pitching this, because they'd have a chance to make a better first impression.

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          August 22, 2013 3:04 AM

          This is absolutely bang on

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          August 22, 2013 3:29 AM

          In Dead Rising 3, zombies will react to audio the game picks up through the Kinect. So you'll be able to yell to get their attention or if you're trying to sneak around and your SO starts talking, the zombies will be alerted. I think that's pretty cool.

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            August 22, 2013 3:32 AM

            To me, that just sounds like a nuisance. I don't want real world stuff interfering with gameplay.

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            August 22, 2013 4:04 AM

            Kincet is very good at telling where sound is coming from, so it could easily ignore sound that wasn't made by the player.

            I do think it'd be pretty cool and immersive to have to actually physically yell at the TV to get a Zombies attention.

            The non-player noises attracting zombies could either be very fun or annoying.

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          August 23, 2013 12:36 PM

          Personally I think a game like Skyrim would be amazing with Kinect.

          1) Use a voice activated text parser for the conversations. That is, you actually have to converse with people, and your tone affects the response (happy, angry, etc). It would be a modern and updated version of the text based adventures of old.
          2) Spells being cast by motions. You'd have a built in timer there, as well as having to stop what you are doing since you'd have to take your hands off the controller. Maybe just do this for the more powerful spells.
          3) Sword fighting. Perhaps they could do real blocking and attacking. This is something that has been tried before with mouse and thumbsticks, but has never been able to be pulled off.
          4) Theft. Think about having to pickpocket people by using your hand.

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        August 21, 2013 7:08 PM

        the technology is good but I have no desire to use one

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      August 21, 2013 3:31 PM

      That avatar tech is ridiculously impressive. I want one!

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        August 22, 2013 2:40 AM

        Yeah this, fuck that stupid game, but put that avatar tech in other games. That's awesome.

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      August 21, 2013 4:43 PM

      Why do all Kinect games look stupidly childish? Is there a pattern here? Not saying it's a bad thing, but just for observation's sake...

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        August 21, 2013 5:16 PM

        this is a party game for all ages, what art style were you expecting?

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          August 21, 2013 6:19 PM

          More grey and earthtones and blood everywhere. That's how you know it's a real game.

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          August 22, 2013 4:23 AM

          ....something more crisp, that's for sure. The games look terrible and without excuse really.

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      August 21, 2013 6:12 PM

      The jet-ski game looks a bit Hydro-Thunder-ish. Doesn't Microsoft own the Hydro Thunder IP now?

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      August 22, 2013 2:57 AM

      looks pretty cool. It makes fat people feel better about themselves

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      August 22, 2013 6:03 AM

      killer software right here. preordering right now!

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      August 23, 2013 3:37 PM

      Ohhh M$ fool me once shame on your fool me twice shame on me.

      This looks very much like yesteryears Kinect reveal. I'll wait for a plethora of reviews before i ever ever back this $hit again with real money.

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