When it comes to Kinect, there seems to be three main factions amongst gamers. There are those who just refuse to buy Microsoft’s camera peripheral. Motion-controlled gaming just isn’t their thing and no amount of potential is going to change their mind. Then there’s the group who is all in. They can’t get enough of Dance Central or Kinect Sports and with recent releases like Child of Eden and The Gunstringer, their purchase has been totally justified. Then there’s the last group. This group already has a Kinect but its collecting dust under the TV or stuffed in a closet. Maybe its just lack of interest or maybe they fit into the category that I fall into: they just don’t have enough space.
Nyko has just released a product they say can change all that. The Nyko Zoom claims to reduce the play space needed to enjoy Kinect by forty-percent. If true, this could seriously help people who live in dorm rooms or small apartments. I have about six-feet of clearance between my TV and my couch. This is just the minimal amount of space that is recommended by Microsoft.
Sessions of Kinect Sports were routinely cut short because if I took one step forward, the Kinect would lose track of where I was and ask that I step farther back from the sensor. My girlfriend loves her Dance Central but I would have to rotate the TV and Kinect to gain that important extra foot of space. I’m sorry. I am not going to move the sofa every time we want to play a game and I’m just fed up with having to adjust my play space. You can call me lazy all you want but after a long day of work, moving coffee tables and sofas isn’t my kind of relaxation. I bought a Zoom earlier this week to see if it would help out and the verdict was instant.
Continue reading after the break to find out.