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Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360 Forays into The Gaming World
It is about time if you ask me that Microsoft forays into the world of controller free gaming. Nintendo did it with their Wii consoles some four years ago and took the gaming world by storm. Wii sold an unprecedented and whooping three hundred and nineteen million units worldwide. The people at Microsoft hope to create the same ripple effect with Kinect.
Rumored to take the controller less gaming genre up to a whole different level, kinect which was formally named project natal was unveiled at the E3 gaming summit and is compatible with the old xbox 360 and newer, sleeker and slimmer xbox 360. Perhaps that is one of the most captivating factors about it for avid and diehard xbox fans that they can still use their existing consoles to enjoy controller free gaming.
Kinect is comprised of an RGB Camera, depth and motion sensors and a multi array microphone functioning on proprietary software. The software in combination with the hardware shall provide three dimensional motion capture, facial features recognition and voice recognition. Kinect will also have previously unheard of headset free party chat over xbox live connection.
Kinect is rumored to have futuristic touch based menu system that encompasses the grab and drag system just like seen in many sci-fi movies. It may not be controlling "The Enterprise" of the Star Trek but it is still pretty exciting and we shall take it. With an impressive game line up like the "Child of Eden" a first person shooter where you annihilate items according to musical beat and the prospect of playing all the dance based game where you actually have the liberty to dance independent of the foot matt is simply too good to wait patiently for.
Kinect is expected to make its worldwide debut on November 4th 2010 at a price of $149.99 which might be its only drawback. Microsoft should have taken into consideration that the price does not include an actual console and that they are offering an attachable accessory.
Only time will tell if Microsoft's venture into the controller less video gaming world pays off or is Kinect going to be a dismal failure. For now, the prospects for this upcoming device look bright and it is eagerly awaited by legions of xbox fans around the globe.
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