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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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Looks Cool
By really on 6/15/2010 12:35:34 PM , Rating: 2
I'm surprised by the amount of assuming going on about the Kinect. E3 is going on right now and you can go to ign.com and many other places and see the demos of it in use. There are also a ton of videos on youtube. You can also go on xbox live and see videos of Kinect Sports, Kinectimals(dumb name), Joy Ride, Adventures and other games. The possibilities are really endless with it which is most evident in Kinect Your Shape which is a fitness game that puts a full body avatar with your exact measurements that it scans at start.

You can also use voice command and motions to control your xbox interface etc.

I'm really looking forward to it.




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