Talking Point: Are Small Games Kinect's Future?
Posted by James Newton
Appy days on the way?
Yesterday we reported that Fruit Ninja might be coming to Kinect, and we know that Doodle Jump in bounding to Kinect too. In fact, of late we've had more announcements of smaller games than big AAA titles coming to the sensor, prompting us to ask "are small games Kinect's future?"
So far the biggest complaint levelled against Microsoft's wonder sensor is that there just aren't enough games available for it: there are currently 27 Kinect games available worldwide, all of which have been retail releases. Compare that to the 64 PlayStation Move games, of which 20 have seen release on PlayStation Network, and the drought looks worse.
An increased emphasis on smaller games, delivered through Xbox Live Arcade, could help to redress the balance: whereas many retail games lack the depth to justify spending £40/$50, impulse buys of 800 Microsoft Points would help to expand the sensor's catalogue. So far there are no Xbox Live Arcade games for Kinect, a gaping hole in Microsoft's success plan, but one the arrival of popular titles like Fruit Ninja and Doodle Jump should help to fill.
On the other hand, do we really need more throwaway gaming experiences on Kinect, even cheap ones? Would you rather have a brief, cheap and fun download game than a lengthy, expensive and fun retail game? Join the discussion in our comments thread below.