But since reports about the Kinect camera's monitoring capabilities first surfaced, its raised plenty of questions about privacy. After all, the idea of a camera watching us in our homes might strike some people (myself included) as a tad creepy.
In an email Microsoft sent to the Wall Street Journal after its initial report, Microsoft completely reversed itself, saying, "Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE do not use any information captured by Kinect for advertising targeting purposes."
The Microsoft Kinect just went on sale last week, and Microsoft is already forecasting 5 million units sold in the fourth quarter. That's up from an initial forecast of 3 million units, thanks to brisk sales in its first week.
But it's clear Microsoft still hasn't finalized some aspects of the Kinect, like whether or not to use the camera for ad targeting. But do you think targeted advertising is a good idea if that makes ads more relevant to us, or did Microsoft's original announcement go to far? Let us know in the comments.