I'm a huge Harmonix fan who owns every Rock Band
title, including Blitz
(though I rarely play Blitz
, it was a great discount RB track pack
). Far from "very cool", I find Fantasia: Music Evolved
to be repellent, something to do while you huff glue. I think that it's gonna be a hard sell to the gaming public in general, though the Game Critics Award judges liked it.
But really, why is everyone poo-pooing the thing we haven't tried yet? It seems awfully unfair to base your (the royal "you", not you in particular) opinion of the new Kinect on the experience you had with the ole one, since the tech is so different and it wasn't a ubiquitous part of the system before. I feel like people are discounting a lot of the advantages they're going to see with it, even for hardcore gaming.
People aren't "poo-pooing" something they haven't tried yet. They're "poo-pooing" being forced to buy it. They're poo-pooing being forced to hook it up to the console. They're poo-pooing the fact that if it breaks, their console is rendered useless, even if they weren't using it.
The "if they don't force all of their customers to buy Kinect and plug it in then the developers won't use it in their games" argument is hogwash. As I stated before, they could bribe the developers to use it. They could have developers come to them with ways in which they think that they could make optional use of Kinect in their games and richly reward the ones whose ideas they like. If any developer who comes up with a cool optional usage of Kinect in their non-motion-or-voice-oriented titles could be sure of earning millions of dollars without selling a single copy they'd all
be working on Kinect features for their titles. (No reward for people whose games require Kinect, like dance, exercise and motion sports titles).
Again, I'm a 360 Kinect owner who would have bought an Xbox One plus Kinect bundle if one had been offered alongside the console w/o Kinect; it's how my current Xbox S was packaged. I have the sensor turned off in the system settings and I tuck my 360 Kinect behind my TV when I'm not playing a game which uses it (with the position it was in marked on the top of my AV equipment stand). When the system boots, a little green light on the Kinect blinks a couple of times and goes dead. If I can do the same thing with the Xbox One Kinect I'll be okay with it, though it will still bother me that if the thing dies my console becomes a brick, whether I was making any use of it or not.
I just think that making the purchase and use of Kinect mandatory is going to lose them potentially millions of sales, with no potential gain. It's a boneheaded move, IMO much moreso than the DRM scheme, which had some merit. Right now I think that it's a pure and simple money grab, jacking up the cost of ownership for Xbox One and their profits. I don't think that they believe in it nearly as much they claim. They should back off of it now, saying, "We're sorry, we won't make you plug in Kinect, but it's too late to create a Kinect-less SKU before launch. We'll introduce one after the holidays".