Sunday, January 16, 2011

XBOX 4GB Console with Kinect - unboxing and Review - First time gamers experience (Tried a Vs. PS3 also)

Me and my son as taken playing Kinect adventures games (Yes! I am wearing a Veshti and attempting on Pongal day)

Wow! Just one word - I shopped at Croma and tried PS3 too. PS3 is no match as family entertainment to XBOX Kinect in my view

Unboxing experience in India - XBox 360 4GB Console Kinect :

  • The 220 V transformer box strikes you as huge. 
  • You need a 15 Amp Plug socket too. Most people will have only a 3 pin 5 amp power socket and will have to hunt for the 15 Amp to 5 Amp converter plug first
  • Batteries for the Wireless controller are included though.
  • Normal AV cord is included. I thinks its worthwhile getting the HDMI cable (I did not buy it though - yet)
  • The slim is NOT-SO slim XBOX
  • Kinect Adventures is included in the box

Gaming and interface

  • Takes a bit of time to setup the wireless and theou have interface XBOX Live, but fairly straightforward
  • We have only 6~7 ft in front of  the controller , so ideal for 1 player and at a stretch 2 player
  • The Game takes photographs that can be uploaded (It goes to Kinect Share website)
  • Each game is quite tiring - both my son and me were sweating at the end of 15~20 mins of play
  • Setup windows media center on my home laptop and streamed pictures to the XBOX wirelessly. Easy to setup but the interface (in general) sucks. Maybe because my home laptop is outdated.
  • Overall - kinect is next generation ready - feels incredibly like an extension of you, rather than an independant game controller. I found the PS3 quite painful, inaccurate to configure and adding one more "black" controller to my already cluttered living room. If you have kids and are looking at the Box in your family living. room, the X-Box is great. My wife too got interested in the exercise DVD for Kinect - a tough customer for anything digital, as she does not fall for technology for its own sake.

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  1. Thanks... Your post was really helpful to me

  2. Hi,

    I just bought an xbox kinect and am facing the problem of not having a 15A socket in my living room. I wanted to know how you got around it. Did you rewire your living room to get a 15A socket, or did you just get a connector/adapter? Does xbox really draw 15A current?

  3. just get a 5Amp to 15Amp adapter and use the same plug. Dont bother about rewiring!