Since launching in 2010, numerous Xbox 360 games have claimed to be better with Kinect. However, scientists involved in the 3-year research project have stated that, despite extensive testing, they could find no evidence to suggest that Kinect was capable of benefiting anything.
Dr Bryan Woods, who headed up the UK-based team, said: “We initially started testing Kinect with various video games but quickly discovered that, far from improving the experience, use of the device immediately reduced our enjoyment of any given title by up to 97.4%. When you consider how fucking terrible some of these Kinect games are to begin with, that’s a pretty scary figure.
“After exhausting all compatible video games, we turned our attention to combining the Kinect sensor with other, non-gaming activities, such as gardening, going on a hot date and taking a long walk in the countryside, in the hope that we’d find something that was, as Microsoft have so regularly claimed, actually better with Kinect.
“However, in all instances the Kinect sensor provided no additional enjoyment and in the vast majority of cases actually made already unpleasant tasks, such as cleaning the toilet, over 50% less enjoyable.”
Dr Woods concluded: “Whilst we can’t completely rule out the possibility that there might exist some sick-minded individual capable of extracting some sort of perverse enjoyment from this horrid device, we remain confident in our claim that nothing is better with Kinect.
Asked whether they would, in light of the findings, consider labelling future games with a “Better without Kinect” sticker, Microsoft declined to comment.