Hi Phil,
Wow! This Kinect technology sounds awesome. I'd never expect Microsoft
actually would come up with something that sounds this cool. Once
released this will make the XBox 360 the leading game console out
there if it works. Especially, since Microsoft has been having alot of
commercial failures the past three or four years. Especially, in there
Windows line of products.
As the article made reference to many PC users loved Windows XP, but
when Microsoft released Vista it turned out to be a huge failure for
the company. Many private computer users and big companies refused to
upgrade, and many others invested in Apple. As a result Apple's sales
quickly shot up with a host of innovative devices like the IPod,
IPhone, etc not to mention  several long time Windows users switched
to Mac OS. The very fact that in 2007 there were very few VI users
using Mac and now there is over a hundred running Macs is a testament
to how quickly Apple is eating up the Windows market. I think without
new products like this Kinect device Microsoft is doomed in the long
run. They can't afford more failures like Vista or they will lose
their Windows market to Apple, and they need to keep their XBox
console strong and innovative to keep Sony and Nintendo from taking
the lead in the console market.
Long term if they can make this Kinect technology work it might bring
in a new era of Windows gaming technologies. For sure the PC gaming
market has been falling out of favor thanks to alternative consoles
like the Play Station III, the Nintendo Wii, and the XBox. Plus
Transgaming has created a top of the line game emulator for Mac OS,
Cider, which allows a Mac OS user to play the majority of big name PC
titles on their Mac. I don't have solid figures here, but i know since
Cider was released Mac has become a fairly serious gaming platform for
gamers. Transgaming has created a sister project, Cedega, for Linux
that offers the same features as Cider for Linux users. This adds
further punishment and insult to the Windows PC gaming market. With
all the alternatives and competition out there I' say Microsoft needs
something like the Kinect technology to hold onto their markets.


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