Microsoft announces Kinect for Xbox 360

At the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles (E3), Microsoft announced Kinect for Xbox 360, a controller-free gaming device that is expected to compete with Sony’s upcoming Move controllers.

Formerly know by the code name Project Natal, Microsoft touts the device as superior to the competitionb because Kinect enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the need to actually touch a game controller.
Kinect for Xbox 360

The black Kinect device plugs directly into the Xbox 360. Inside the device is a camera, audio sensors, and motion-sensing technology that tracks 48 points of movement on the human body. Rather than pressing buttons or moving a controller, Kinect lets users interacts with Kinect enabled games by using gestures, spoken commands or presented objects and images.

With Kinect, game-players no longer need to memorize different commands for a hand-held control. “You are the controller,” said Mike Delman, corporate vice president of Global Marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Business. “You simply step in front of the sensor and Kinect sees you move, hears your voice and recognizes your face.”

Kinect for XBox 360 is expected to launch on November 4th in the United States this year – worldwide in the holiday season – with approximately twelve game titles.

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