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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: Sounds Cool..
By Luticus on 6/14/2010 10:12:37 AM , Rating: 2
I'm guessing that makes me #4, had mine for over 2 years... no problems. Not to write off the fact that there were initially problems with many xbox360's but i think the majority of that is a thing of the past.

RE: Sounds Cool..
By StevoLincolnite on 6/14/2010 12:23:11 PM , Rating: 2
I'm on my 7th console. (My latest one is finally a Jasper! Fingers crossed!)

Yet my Neighbors have 4 consoles all-up through there entire household and haven't had a single one fail! And they had had them just as long as I have.

I wish I had the luck that some of you guys have had, seriously!

However to Microsoft's credit, they do have a great warranty/repair service, they send you a box, you whack-it-in and place a piece of paper on top.
And then you drop it off at the Post Office, and a few weeks later it's delivered back to your door.

Couldn't ask for much better really.

Also, I'm looking forward to Natal, provided it lives up to it's hype and we have something like Milo' to muck around with, that demo was pretty awesome.

RE: Sounds Cool..
By MindParadox on 6/14/2010 4:08:34 PM , Rating: 2
got 3 XBox 360s in the house, none ever had a problem, one is the Halo 3 edition, bought on release day, i also bought a cooling fan for it, one of the others was bought less than a month before that, cooling fan too for it, and then thre is the one i bought for my son, an arcade(its like 9 months old right now)

i cannot stress enough to buy a colling fan or some sort of active cooling addon for any console you buy, everyone i know that hasnt has had the RROD situation with their 360s, and simple freezup on their PS3s

and before ya ask, yeah, i play Halo 3 and ODST on splitcreen for hours on end, 4 and 2 player respectively, MW2 for hours at a time, just about any game you can think of, with no trouble.

RE: Sounds Cool..
By Mint on 6/19/2010 4:32:55 PM , Rating: 2
Be careful with the cooling addons. Some of them don't improve the system's cooling ability at all and at the same time rob the system of power. There's anectodotal evidence that it actually increases the likelihood of a crash.

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