|E3 Display showing off the box art|
Back at E3, Nyko announced a fish eye lens attachment for the Kinect called the Nyko Zoom. Me, being 6'5" (~197cm) and all, knew that if something like this worked, it'd be a must-have add-on for the Kinect. I pestered my manager at Gamestop about this product for at least a month or so, and I think he was relieved to have me off his case.
When the zoom finally came out, I went impulse buy on it. Bear in mind, that I can't make up my mind for s*** in most situations. This surprised even me. My initial thought process was along the lines of "what am I getting myself in to?" Honestly, I knew I wanted to do a review about it. There's a bunch of worthless kinect accessories out there, and I wanted to review one that breaks the mold, even if it doesn't work.
Being as tall as I am, that usually means I need a LOT of space to use the Kinect. Microsoft may say that you only need 6' (2m) to play, but for me, that's a load of crock. I have to be a good 10' away from the sucker for it to register properly. Even more if the sensor is down low. I wish I had more space for my kinect misadventures. Part of me is afraid of playing my kinect with other people in close proximity, lest I find myself in one of those "kinect fail" videos all over youtube.
|This seems like a rather dubious-looking chart...|
When I attached the Zoom to my kinect, I liked how well it blended with the kinect visually. The whole device is very unobtrusive and fits with the design aesthetic of the kinect. When I fired up my kinect, the first thing I noticed was that I could stand almost halfway between my couch and my kinect and have it read me, head to toe! I just about had a nerd-gasm.
So once the initial ogling and such were out of the way, I fired up the main game I use on my kinect, Dance Central. While playing, I noticed that my moves, while slightly distorted, still read quite well and the snap shots didn't look like a fun house mirror.
Kinect Adventures also meshes with the Zoom quite well, too. I was worried about distortion around the edges, but it's really not that noticeable. It's kinda nice like that.
All told, this is a must have accessory for the kinect. The only people who don't need this accessory are the families that use their kinect in a mansion-sized room. Do yourself and your house a favor and go buy one of these things. Your couch thanks you.