Netflix for Xbox 360 adds Kinect support with mixed results

This week was a bug week for Microsoft, between the IE10/Windows 8 previews and the Mango update for Windows Phone 7, they still managed to slip in one last update to the Netflix app for Xbox 360. The update was for the long anticipated Kinect update for the Netflix Hub. The app was already a great implementation of the Netflix experience, but with Kinect support, the app becomes one of the best hubs on the dashboard.
I’ve been using the updated app for a few days now and overall, the experience is pretty good but with a few bugs here and there.
Of the few bugs there was, there were only two that really annoyed me; the first being that sometimes when I yelled “XBOX” to activate the voice sensor, the kinect would not respond, leaving me looking like an idiot screaming at my TV. The next bug was that the kinect picked up sounds from the TV and would actually respond to them instead of me. Example: I was watching: “The Other Guys” (Great movie btw) and when someone yelled the word “rewind”, the kinect picked it up and rewound the movie to the beginning. It was very jarring and ruined the experience for me. All of the bugs seem to be kinect related, and although its awesome to be able to use the kinect control playback, I’ve unplugged it for now. Overall, the experience is great, and I’m sure it’ll be better. So go out there and get the update!

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Ian Schwartz had written 137 articles for TEKNAMI

Hello, I'm Ian (eye-an) I was born in Recife, Brazil and raised in the fridge tundra of Minneapolis, MN USA. I graduated from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL with an AA in Audio Recording Production and Engineering. I love tech, always have since I was a little tot and what better way to know more then to tell everyone else about it also. So here is teknami (tech-nah-me) Tek for tech and nami is a derivative of namesake.