Microsoft Reveals Hands-Free Motion Controller

The final details of the Xbox 360 hands-free motion controller, Kinect, has been released by Microsoft. The device, previously known as Project Natal, was showcased ahead of the opening of the E3 games expo in Los Angeles and is expected to be available for sale in stores before the end of this year.

Kinect will make it possible for users to play Xbox games with gestures and body motions instead of having to press buttons or wave a device. The device uses a series of sensors, cameras, microphones and software instead of a controller to allow gamers full control through gestures, movement and voice commands. The Xbox’s main rival is expected to be the Nintendo Wii console which has sold over 56 million units but many doubt whether Kinect can actually be as successful let alone become the number one choice for gamers.

Microsoft will release the full details of compatible games at a separate media event on 14 June. Meanwhile, some retailers expect Kinetic to be available on pre-order from 13 June.

Talking Point

How successful do you expect Kinetic will be and will it be able to compete with other controller-free systems such as Sony’s PlayStation Move controller and Nintendo’s WiiMotion Plus?

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  1. Only Kinect is the motion controller that’s different from its competitors. The motion controller of the ps3 looks really similar to the wiimote, while the wiimote plus is simply an updated wiimote. Natal/Kinect should be really interesting. I just hope the Kinect guys can really make it work.

  2. If it works, this will definitely be a hit. I think the “controller free” systems are going to be the wave of the future.

  3. Seems new innovations coming let us see what would the reaction of the public be but this would be one thing to anticipate.

  4. As sound and graphics have attained near life like experiences a greater number of video game makers are now looking for new ways to immerse the gamer. Competition is definitely going to be tough. I’m not really sure who’s going to prevail. But one thing’s for sure. All of us users definitely win!

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