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Project Natal gets a name and a November launch date

It was this time last year that Microsoft first revealed its motion controller for the Xbox 360, Project Natal. Today, Microsoft has officially announced the controller and has given it a new name. The new accessory is now called "Kinect for Xbox 360" and will be available this November.

As you may recall, Kinect is an add-on USB peripheral for the Xbox 360 that features an onboard camera, motion sensing, and multi-array microphone which allows it to capture full body movements in a 3D space. It can track 48 points of movement at 30 fps and can recognize an individuals face and voice.

You are the controller,” said Mike Delman, Corporate VP of Global Marketing for Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business. “You simply step in front of the sensor and Kinect sees you move, hears your voice and recognizes your face.”

“Some people don’t like controllers,” Delman continued. “And Kinect makes the gaming and entertainment experience more organic and free-flowing, without any of the barriers that can sometimes keep people from participating.”

According to the USA Today, there are a number of new games in the works for Kinect including:

  • Kinectimals -- Allows you to get in touch with your feline side by training cats and lions.
  • Kinect Sports -- This sounds like Wii Sports on steroids. Gamers can fully interact with such sports at boxing, bowling, and volleyball.
  • Joyride -- A racing game that forces you to hold your hands out in front of you to grasp an imaginary steering wheel.

Pricing is not yet available for Kinect (rumors have pegged the price at being as high as $150), but it is expected to launch this November.



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RE: Kinect
By Hiawa23 on 6/14/2010 9:22:08 AM , Rating: 2
Only prob with the Wii is it's basically a gamecube. I bought one for my daughter but donot like it's hardware. I would definitely either buy a PS3 Move, or Xbox Kinect over an enhanced Gamecube, which is what I see the Wii as. I like virtual console, & that's it.


RE: Kinect
By nvalhalla on 6/14/2010 9:34:20 AM , Rating: 3
I had to log in and point out the hypocrisy of lamenting the console for being a glorified Gamecube, and then liking it solely for playing even older games. I thought that was pretty funny!


RE: Kinect
By inperfectdarkness on 6/14/2010 10:20:59 AM , Rating: 3
if you like the games, what difference does the hardware make? or is that a scapegoat?

this sentiment reminds me of the taste-testing that coke did in the 80's when "new coke" (coke II) came out. in blind taste tests, participants consistently preferred new coke to either coke classic or pepsi. however, when conductiung the same test without participants blindfolded, new coke scored lower than either coke classic or pepsi.

dollars to doughnuts, there's a bias in your judgment (and that of many others). what difference does it make if the wii is a glorified gamecube (although it's actually not, and there's quite a bit more to it than that)? does anyone on here still play ps2 games? how about xbox 1 games? gamecube games?

that's my point. good games are good regardless of how fancy the hardware is that they're featured on.

on a personal note:

virtual console has gone down the crapper. we used to get 3 games per week, and usually at least one of those was a "must have". currently, we're lucky to have one game per week--and most of those are crap. i've no idea what the hold-up is, but you'd think games as old as desert strike, earthbound, or metal warriors would be capable of being released already. i'm truly baffled by the continued push to concentrate on wii-ware instead; which has been 90% shovelware from 3rd party developers who can use the "no inventory" nature of wii-ware to sell things which wouldn't deserve a spot in the dust-bin of a retail outlet. (possible exceptions include the notable "reinvention" games: contra, excitebike, blaster master, etc).


RE: Kinect
By Hiawa23 on 6/14/2010 11:54:54 AM , Rating: 2
if you like the games, what difference does the hardware make? or is that a scapegoat?

no scapegoat just my preference. I enjoy having fun with my daughter on her Wii, but don't really like anything for it other than Punchout, not into the party games,or the games where you are forced to use the wand. I like the virtual console cause many games I missed on the Neo Geo or Turbo graph 16 are available & cheaper than buying online. I prefer the 360 & or PS3, their games, & online structure. It's pretty simple. No one is hatin on Nintendo, kind of glad to see em back on top of the hill.


RE: Kinect
By Hiawa23 on 6/14/2010 12:15:35 PM , Rating: 3
dollars to doughnuts, there's a bias in your judgment (and that of many others). what difference does it make if the wii is a glorified gamecube (although it's actually not, and there's quite a bit more to it than that)? does anyone on here still play ps2 games? how about xbox 1 games? gamecube games?

No bias at all, as I own every Nintendo console since the Nes, & love em all except the Wii. I still play many of my xbox games, not so much PS2, & the only Gamecube games I liked were the RE games, & Metroid. You are right, whether you like the hardware or not means nothing, but if the reason why you don't like the hardware is because the games really don't look great to you, especially on a HDTV, or you don't like many of the casual or party games, or the online structure then the hardware has everything to do with it. I didn't care for the PS2's hardware but loved many of it's games. At this stage in my life the only games I like are sports, shooters, action, fighters, & online play.

I honestly don't know why it's so hard for many of you to understand. Everyone has preferences, has nothing to do with being bias toward one console maker or the other. The Wii games just don't appeal to me, but I am looking forward to see what Nintendo shows us at E3 this year.


RE: Kinect
By Jellodyne on 6/14/2010 5:20:09 PM , Rating: 2
You're totally right, I don't need hig def or surrond sound. In fact I mostly still play on my old Degenatron. Save the green dots with your fantastic flying red square!


RE: Kinect
By sprockkets on 6/14/2010 6:15:56 PM , Rating: 2
uh, didn't they release earthbound? I was waiting for Super Mario RPG, and that is released too.


RE: Kinect
By inperfectdarkness on 6/14/2010 9:22:10 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
An ESRB rating suggesting an EarthBound release for the Wii Console has since surfaced; however, no official plans concerning this release have been announced.


taken directly from wikipedia. i watch virtual console like a hawk. earthbound has not been released.


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