Microsoft Unveils ‘Kinect’ for Xbox 360 – Allows Users Direct Xbox With Body Movements

Microsoft has unveiled “Kinect” hardware for Xbox 360 Gaming device, at E3 Expo, its latest technological innovation for Xbox 360 game systems, that allows users to direct the X-Box with their body movements signaling the fact that “motion control” has become one of the hottest trends in video gaming today.

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Unlike anything seen or experienced before, Kinect for Xbox 360 opens a new world of controller-free games and entertainment so everyone can have fun.

Due out November 4, Kinect (pronounced “connect”) hardware, which was formerly dubbed as Project Natal by Microsoft, is a slim bar shaped Xbox 360 accessory that will sit near a television to sense player movement and sound via the device’s built-in cameras and 3D depth sensors. It captures the Audio by a built-in multi-array microphone.

The slim black Kinect sensor plugs directly into any Xbox 360. Despite its small size, the Kinect device contains a camera, audio sensors, and motion-sensing technology that tracks 48 points of movement on the human body. It has the ability to recognize faces and voices.

Kinect for Xbox 360 tracks your body movements and gestures. It even understands your voice. By taking technology out of your hands for the first time, Kinect lets people who have never picked up a game controller join the excitement. See a ball? Just kick it. Want to learn how to dance or get fit? Just follow the moves. With Kinect, all you have to do is be you.

According to Microsoft, with Kinect, game-players no longer need to memorize different commands for a hand-held control. Game Player become controller. Gamer simply step in front of the sensor and Kinect sees you move, hears your voice and recognizes your face.

Menu navigation demonstrations will include facial recognition to auto-login to Xbox Live and waving through menu screens.

Kinect hardware is designed with capability to recognize player’s movements and voices, and allowing users to interact with their existing Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming device and some games without a handheld controller.

One simply need to step in front of the sensor and Microsoft Kinect begin seeing user’s move, hears their voice and even recognizes their faces.

The stored Facial and Voice recognition in the Microsoft Kinect allow users to log into their Xbox 360 gaming device LIVE accounts without having to press any button, and interacting with the system’s interface is just a hand’s wave away.

Microsoft is planing to offer Kinect controls in direct competition to Nintendo’s Wii, which has already sold 71 million units globally because of its easy-to-entry, motion-sensitive controller. Introduction of Nintendo 3DS, only yesterday has only fueled the competition.

Kinect Games for Xbox 360

The first Kinect enabled games to launch include Kinect Adventures, Kinectimals, Kinect Joy Ride, Kinect Sports, Dance Central, and Your Shape: Fitness Evolved. Also coming to Kinect this holiday are titles representing the top names in the gaming industry including interactive fitness product “EA SPORTS Active 2″ (EA SPORTS), “DECA SPORTS FREEDOM” (Hudson Entertainment), “Dance Masters” (Konami), “Adrenalin Misfits” (Konami), “Zumba Fitness” (Majesco), “Sonic Free Riders” (SEGA), “The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout” (THQ), “Motion Sports” (Ubisoft), and “Game Party: In Motion” (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment).

Amazon.com the world’s largest online store has begun taking pre orders for Kinect for Microsoft Xbox 360 from this week. The pre oreder price of Kinect will be $149.99 for US customers.

Titles available at Amazon will include Xbox 360 120GB Elite Spring 2010 Bundle, Kinect Sports, Kinect Joy Ride, Kinect Adventures! Etc.