Kinect for Xbox 360 on sale today: Here's everything you need to know

Kinect, Microsoft's motion-gaming controller for the Xbox 360 goes on sale today, so we take you through everything you need to know, including pricing, our verdict and a stupid video.

It seems like only last year the motion-gaming madness we call Kinect was officially announced under the mysterious moniker of 'Project Natal'. What? It was only last year? Blimey, those Microsoft chaps know how to turn it around. Kinect goes on sale today, so here's everything you need to know.

First and foremost, you'll want to check out our full review of the Kinect hardware , to find out if you actually want to buy the goshdarned thing. Here's the short version -- we think it's great fun, but it's not perfect and does require a lot of space.

How much space? Glad you asked, son. Check out our how-much-space-do-you-need-exactly photo story for real world facts about the living room real estate you're going to need to get Kinect running at optimum capacity.

If you're new to the world of motion gaming, you might want to check out the Nintendo Wii or Sony's PlayStation Move as alternatives to Kinect. Luckily we've pitted them all against each other in a head-to-head of fearsome proportions .

If you reckon Kinect is the motion-madness to get your mates moving this Christmas, you'll want to know prices . The Kinect sensor bar itself will set you back £130, which is steep, but it does come with Kinect Adventures -- a minigame collection that will at least get the family jumping around come Christmas morn. We had a hunt around for deals, but all the major retailers are sticking to the RRP -- let us know in the comments if you see it anywhere reputable for less.

If you don't have an Xbox 360 already, £250 will bag you Kinect bundled with a 4GB Xbox 360 Slim. Still pretty pricey, but we can't fault the 360 console, which we reckon is the best on the market today.

Oh, and finally, this is what you'll look like playing the thing...

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Luke Westaway is a senior editor at CNET and writer/ presenter of Adventures in Tech, a thrilling gadget show produced in our London office. Luke's focus is on keeping you in the loop with a mix of video, features, expert opinion and analysis.

 

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