Posts Tagged ‘Kinect for Xbox 360’

Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Microsoft held its E3 press conference on Monday. Among the hot topics is a new slimmer Xbox 360 which finally includes wireless networking, as well as a newly named Kinect for Xbox 360 (formerly Project Natal). There were some standard platform games displayed, but the focus of course was on the move. Microsoft thinks this is a big year for Xbox. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the release of the Xbox console. Here is the video, courtesy of Gamespot.

Here are my initial thoughts from the video. First, I think the little girl playing with the tiger on the Kinectimals game was the best actor on the stage. None of the Microsoft Studios games looked that interesting to me, with one exception. Microsoft and Lucas Arts are working on a new Star Wars game, which has a lot of potential. In fact, it has so much potential that it is the only game shown that makes me want to buy a Kinect.

The best part of the Kinect, however, is not the video games. Kinect video looks like it has a lot more potential. Once you get past the cheesy dialog from the demo, there was a pretty impressive demonstration. It looked like the conversation started instantly. I don’t know if she had it on pause, or if it was an actual real-time connection. I am sure the details will come out soon enough. The ability to share games is interesting, and it reminds me of the early demos of Google Wave, where you can video chat and watch a movie together. Again, I think the video features are the reason to get the Kinect, at least for now.

Also of note is the deal with ESPN. Xbox Live customers will get access to thousands of shows through an exclusive deal with Microsoft. Considering how Microsoft has the best console-based Netflix app, I am looking forward to seeing what the ESPN experience looks like.

All in all, it looks like Microsoft had a decent showing. It wasn’t the most exciting thing around, but there were definitely some things worth looking at. I’ll be watching for new game announcements and talking about the interesting titles as information comes out. Until then, enjoy the E3 coverage and stay tuned for more.

E3 Expo Starts Today

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) formally starts today. Microsoft made some big headlines over the last week, culminating in the announcement of a slimmer, Wi-Fi 802.11n-enabled Xbox 360, and the formal christening of Project Natal as Kinect for Xbox 360. Microsoft also announced a deal with ESPN to show live HD sporting events and revealed some new games. According to Microsoft, this is the Xbox’s “biggest year ever.”

Today’s press conferences will give Nintendo and Sony a chance to recapture the limelight. Nintendo is expected to release a 3-D DS that doesn’t require glasses. Sony is going to present the Move, its answer to the Kinect. This should be a really interesting day.

Some of the games that have already been announced look really good. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Marvel vs Capcom 3 are among a number of quality games heading our way. The Star Wars game for Kinect has captured our attention as well, even without a release date or a name. I think Microsoft may have missed the big picture, as this appears to be a great year for the entire video game market, not just the Xbox.

As news from Nintendo and Sony comes out, I’ll cover it here.

Star Wars Kinect Game

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Kinect for Xbox 360

When Star Wars: The Force Unleashed came out on the Wii, it was a Star Wars nerd’s dream. It was released about the time I got my Wii. I was so stoked to be able to “use the Force” with the Wii Nunchuck, where I could do a Force push by actually pushing my arm out toward the TV. Today, Microsoft took that to a whole new level. Enter the as-yet-unnamed Star Wars game for Kinect. See the video below to see why I am really excited about it.

See? Pretty cool, isn’t it? With no controller, this really is the closest I’ll come anytime soon to doing a real Force push. I know all you Star Wars geeks are with me on this one, so I feel very comfortable embracing my inner nerd here.

Needless to say, I will be watching for this release very closely and will be discussing it here as it develops.