Published on February 18th, 2012 | by Prometheus0
‘Zoom’-ing in at Nyko’s “Play Range Reduction Lens” for the Kinect
The Wii aside, and forget the Move, Microsoft’s “Kinect” for the Xbox 360 is one of the best motion-capture gaming device ever built. Only problem was not all of us have a large enough living room to play in. That’s where this baby comes in…
Unless we’re all billionaires or silver-spoon sucking rich kids, we probably don’t have the leg-room to kick (or flay) around in. Especially when Microsoft recommends sex feet of floor space from the console. So to help solve the space problem, Nyko’s Zoom might not have met our expectations, but it certainly did tweaked some notable enhancements to our game play.
The design’s pretty straight-forward and simple. Like dad’s reading glasses, it’s idiot-proof enough to just clip-on, clip-off. And calibrating the Kinect’s a cinch, though it doesn’t quite deliver as much as it says it does. While the Zoom promises to cut down 40% of space, it’s really not that big of a deal. Probably about a foot plus of extra space? More importantly it’s pretty decent for multi-players.
Heck, even the diagram explains it all. So if you’ve got a Kinect and less than 12 feet between HDTV and couch, the Zoom might help. And if you’re a party-gamer sort of person, it’s definitely a must-have.
The Good: It’s easy to install (duh!), wide-angle lens = More room for two people! AND it’s cheap!
The Bad: It’s not really 40%. Seriously? It’s more like 14 inches closer to the TV
The Ugly: Nothing really… (refer above)