What’s new in Kinect Sports Season 2 ( vs Sports 1 )

In this post I have compared between Kinect Sports One and Kinect Sports 2 on various factors and listed down all the  changes according to categories like Game Selection, Menus, Guest Play etc. The Post includes 2 videos along with whats new in sports 2. Don’t Miss them.

Summary :

Overall Kinect Sports 2 is a massive improvement compared to Sports 1 because you can do things much quickly rather than wasting lot of time in finding the items and checking out the menus.

The second improvement is overall UI is much pretty which in my guess is bit aligned with the coming Metro UI, no it’s not panorama but it is having look and feel of tiles for sure.

What is Absolutely New in Season Sports 2 ?

I wanted to cover it before as it will keep you excited. With Sports 2

Kinect Sports 2 Start Screen

  • Calories concision players can see how much calories they have burned in one session, one game and overall.
  • Instead of scores you have Fans here. Every game you play you increase your fans based on achievements unlocked, points collected and so on.
  • You can now invite friends for a challenge even if they are not online and even if they do not have a Gold Account with them. If they have the game  you both or many more can compete with each other. This is called as Issue Challenge.
  • Playing a hard level : Now you cannot play tougher level without completing the lower level e.g. A Champion Opponent cannot be selected  without beating the Pro Opponent.
  • Last Played : You can quickly play the last game again with just a tap :P

How Fast you can start playing it ?

No Body Scan :

Sports 2 has no body scanning done find where you are and whats your height and your position. Instead it seems to be handling and warning on position when it finds or doing it when you actually play the game.

No Signing in Again :

In Sports 2 all you need is to raise your arm when asked and you are in to select your next menu item. You are not asked to choose your avatar again even if you are signed in and Kinect ID detection is pretty fast.  While in Sports one you need to do that even if you are already signed in and KInect ID detection was terribly slow.

Guest Mode :

Since you don’t get to select a Avatar now, Guest Mode has changed as well. If none of the profile is signed in, you are given information that your game progress will not be saved. So now you don’t waste time on choosing a good-looking avatar which fits you and start plaing the game.

In case you want to sign in ?

In case you do, you can select the Sign In from the Avatar Icon which is actually blank in guest mode. When  you do so you get to see 4 Square Placeholders which keeps all the current signed in player. Next to it is Signin Option which takes you to usual signin process of your profile. This is useful when couple of people are playing one after the other and this is helpful in switching.  I like it because it’s a t is decent replacement of the Animated Avatar.

Select Profile from Recent Profile List

How Fast you can select a game to Play ?

Select Game > Select opponent > Play. Two Steps. The UI has changed a lot and now you have Tile Based Menu. So what you get to see as first screen is :

  • Select a Sport
  • Last Played
  • Challenge Play
  • Quick Play

Kinect Sports 2 Start Screen

In Sports 1 you had  Party Play – Main Event – Mini Games and to select a Game you had a lot of sub menus i.e.  game, type, opponents, numbers etc.  In Sports 2 all the extra menus have been removed.  Here is  video demo of Season 2 Baseball to make you know how fast it can be :

Last Played :  This is probably the best option. If you play a game more often and that’s often the last played game for you every day, you can play the same set i.e. With same choice of Level, Game Type and even any internal choice like Arena etc.

Challenge Play : This is another amazing feature which lets you play along with your friend even if he is not online. You can challenge a friend in a game and issue a challenge to him. Below are all the steps with video demo right after it.

Issue challenge in Kinect Season 2

  • Select a Friend displays list of friends with Xbox Live status and current avatar
  • Sends a Message using Voice Text or Picture the usual way
  • Issue Challenge
  • Select and Add a Challenge from the list
  • Play and Send the Challenge Across
  • Your Friend receives it and accept.
  • Then he plays and sends you back with the score.
  • You can keep doing it forever.

Video : How to Issue a Challenge  in Kinect Sports Season 2 Video Demo

Quick Play :  Quick Play is replacement of Party Play of Season Sports 2 with both feature and UI improvement.

  • Red and Blue Team can do simultaneous selection of their mascots.
  • You can either play with a human player or with Xbox itself.

Kinect Season Sports 2 Quick Play

  • Instead of Crystal Ball now there is running film strip which selects a game.
  • There is no limitation on how many game you can play in Season 2 which was limited to 6. In Season 2, you choose when to end it.

Kinect Season Sports 2 Game Play

Gamer Profile :

This is another revamp. Now when you select an Avatar you can

  • Change Main Player
  • Calorie Counter On or Off
  • View Achievements
  • You also get to see Fans  which includes Level and Total.
  • Calories : Which has session and overall count.

Gamer Profile in Kinect Sports 2

A die-hard fan of Windows, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone and Xbox, Loves to Do Video reviews on Windows Phone Apps, Games, Xbox Games, Xbox Tutorials.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I have recently bought xbox and ” your fitness evolved 2012″. Every time I start the xbox, it goes through logining me in, giving intruduction, short tutorial of what to expect, etc. Is there a way to directly go to the seleection, bypassing all the intro?

  2. I will check my 2011 Version and update if there is anything. There should be settings section to turn this off.

  3. Thanks Ashish for this review. It was helpful.

    Just read that you are a fan of windows phone. How do you manage to browse in it? Especially if the website has submenus that you have to click.

    Anyway I’ve switched back to iPhone after 5 months of struggle with HTC 8X.

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