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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 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.

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