Microsoft debuts ‘Kinect’ controller-free gaming system

No doubt about it, this is defintely a Wii-killer.

via Huff Post

Microsoft took the wraps off of Microsoft Kinect (formerly known by its code name, “Project Natal”), its highly-anticipated controller-free gaming system for Xbox.

Forget memorizing button sequences, drop the joystick, and put down the Wiimote: Microsoft Kinect, which can “recognize faces, obey voice commands, and track body movements,” according to the LA Times, will enable users to control their video game avatars just by moving their bodies in front of the Kinect (see video below). Kinect users will also be able to control movies just by speaking commands, such as “play” or “pause.”

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Microsoft Unveils New Controller

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via BBC

Microsoft has unveiled its new control system for the Xbox 360, at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles.

Project Natal is a fully hands-free control system that will use face recognition and motion sensors to allow users to play games.

Film director Steven Spielberg, attending the launch, said it was “a window into what the future holds”.

Although still in the early stages, Microsoft has sent prototypes to all the main game developers.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Spielberg said he had always stated that “the main barrier stopping people getting into video games was the complexity of a games controller,” and that Natal was “a whole new world”.

“There is technology now that recognises not just your thumb, it recognises your entire person. The technology knows who you are,” he said.

Mr Spielberg drew an analogy with the film industry, saying it was evolutionary step for games.

“It’s like the square screen we saw all of our movies on in the early 1950s. Then The Robe came out in Cinemascope. And then came CinRam and Imax followed. That’s what this [Natal] is. Continue reading

Blockbuster videogame line-up to spark E3 magic

E3

via Breitbart

Videogame makers are defying horrid economic times with an annual Electronic Entertainment Expo(E3) brimming with blockbuster titles and unbridled pizzazz.

The expo kicking off Tuesday in Los Angeles is expected to revive dazzle of years past and offer previews of hot videogames that will hit the market for the prime year-end holiday shopping season.

“We are starting to see an industry waking up to the fact that we’ve been out of the limelight,” saidScott Steinberg, publisher of DigitalTrends.com, a game and gadget website with 40 million readers.

“E3 is the public face of the industry. You will see all sorts of surprises. At this point, it is anyone’s game.”

Videogame sales grew through much of the financial crisis, but slid in March and April of this year, according to industry figures.

Analysts remain optimistic about videogames, citing surveys indicating players would rather cut back on other entertainment, such as movies or dining out.

Major videogame makers are playing it safe by rolling out sequels to hit franchises and freshening faded successes.

French videogame star Ubisoft will show off “Assassins Creed 2” and “Red Steel 2″ along with the latest in a line of popular “Rabbids” titles featuring zany animated rabbits.

Ubisoft will also unveil videogames made from television game shows “Family Feud,” “The Price Is Right” and “Press Your Luck” tailored for Nintendo’s Wii consoles. Continue reading