Thursday, 18 November 2010 15:09

Aussie Kinect launch: the people like

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It takes a bit more planning over a purchase of any other video game controller, but that doesn't seem to be stopping sales of the Xbox 360 Kinect which went on sale today.

If your living room is set up like a shot from an Ikea catalogue then go for it.  For the rest of us, there might be some couch pushing, some lighting adjustments and some lamenting the lack of Aussie accent support, before we shell out the cash for a Kinect.

The Kinect is pretty adaptable however and soon you will be bouncing around in front of its 3D camera detection system regardless of your living room's limitations.

Coming in three forms; two bundle-packs with an Xbox 360 4Gb (AU$449) and 250Gb (AU$549) as well as the Kinect Sensor on its own (AU$199), the new peripheral can be connected to any existing Xbox 360 and provides all you need for up to six player multiplayer games if supported.

A quick mystery shop around Melbourne today, some three hours after store opened showed that stock levels for the Kinect are already very low.

'We sold out of the Kinect sensor almost straight away, ' said one retailer 'we still have the bundles, but we will have to order the Kinect sensor that goes with those.'

Popping into one of Australia's largest video-game retailers, EB Games showed that the above situation was not isolated.  'All day I have been selling Kinect after Kinect, along with Dance Central [one of the best games as part of the Kinect launch range],' said an EB Games staff member 'I am down to my last two Kinects.'

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Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for the The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for iTWire.com, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.

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