Top positive review
Brilliant, but wierd game console
on January 7, 2013
It is amazing what this game console does. Clear and fast graphics. Amazing game pad. Voice recognition. Media player. Social interaction via Internet. It is packed full of fun features to use and explore.
Since Microsoft is all about making money, they have made it easy to spend... just one click away using a credit card and their Micro-bucks (which are valued higher than U.S. Dollars). This could be unfortunate in the hands of someone who is financially immature or a video-game adict.
The Kinect sensor promises so much, but is finicky. I am six feet tall and visually impared... this thing hates me. It insists that I be 8 feet away from it (where I can't read the TV screen), and if I move closer it pauses whatever is going on and tells me to stand back. Definitely NOT for small rooms.
I also bought the wireless Speed Wheel to play a boat racing game that came pre-loaded on the Xbox; but it does not have "bumpers". Since the Wheel is not programmable, they suggest on their web site that you use a game's options to reassign needed functions... which you cannot do. How frustrating !