Posts Tagged ‘Kinect’

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.

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.

Microsoft: Project Natal is now the Kinect

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Kinect for Xbox 360

With the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) coming this week, Microsoft announced the official name for Project Natal. The official name is Kinect for Xbox 360. A rather long name, it will likely be shortened to Kinect.

Microsoft is pretty proud of its release event.

“Creating and producing this customized experience for
Microsoft took four months of preparation work for the
creation team and required 76 artists and no less than
200 technicians. The magnitude of the event is greater
than any other taken on by Cirque du Soleil Events.”

— Martin Dignard, Production Director

To hear a more amusing, and probably more realistic analysis of the event, check out what TechCrunch had to say about it. It is a long read, but as I said, more amusing than Microsoft’s version.

So, there we have it. Kinect for Xbox 360 will likely be covered quite a bit in the upcoming weeks, and especially at E3. As more develops it will be covered here.