Beats out Apple with its Xbox 360 & Kinect console.
TheStreet believes that Microsoft and its Xbox 360 and Kinect console are the game changer of the year. The website points out that the Xbox 360, Xbox Live and now Kinect have made a tremendous impact on the scene, even more so that other pioneering products like Apple iPad that brought back the sensation to the tablet PC.
“First off, after slimming its Xbox 360 hardware and just about eliminating the “red circle of death” failures that cost gamers hundreds of dollars in console investment, Microsoft snagged the console sales lead from Nintendo’s Wii and has held it for months. Also, after years of taking a back seat to the Wii’s fun little motion controllers and Miis and getting beaten to market by Sony’s PlayStation Move motion device, Microsoft sold 1 million versions of its $150 controller-free Kinect motion-capture device within 10 days of its Nov. 4 release and 2.5 million before the end of November. By all accounts, that should have been a tough sell, considering the console itself goes for as little as $199, but a good concept and great third-party partner products such as Viacom’s infectious Dance Central remind us what Microsoft is capable of when its back is to the wall.”
With initial denial, we had to agree that Xbox Live and Kinect are truly revolutionary products. Xbox Live has ev0lved into an incredible service that now offers music, videos, full retail copies, arcade games, Netflix, and full social networking integration. Although their $50 yearly subscription for multiplayer is still a debatable argument, it did pioneer multiplayer onto consoles and has its competitors still playing catch up.
Kinect may not be wholly realised yet for gaming, but it holds tremendous power with its superb technology to capture motion without any physical interaction with the device. The technology may change the way we interact with interfaces in the future, and the advances made already on the device are only tip of the iceberg.