Motion controlled gaming without a handset in Microsoft Kinect

During the E3 trade show, Microsoft announced the Xbox 360 Kinect controller system. Last year, Microsoft announced project Natal, which has officially been renamed the Kinect – possibly as a cross-marketing effort with the Kin phone. To control the games and features on the Xbox Kinect, the user is expected to use their whole body. As an add-on package to the Xbox 360 gaming system, the Kinect will be sold in November or October of this year.

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How the Kinect works

A two-camera system is built to the Xbox Kinect. One camera uses RGB color sensors, while the other recognizes depth. This system will let the Kinect track and re-create full-body movements.This means there could be no controllers and no separation between game and player.

Games on the Kinect

The Microsoft Kinect, as an add-on to the Microsoft XBox, is slated to debut with a fairly wide range of games. These games will include a Star Wars game from LucasArts. There may also be a general sports game, a dance challenge, and a lot more. The most exciting thing, for many gamers, is the possibility that Xbox games like Halo Reach may migrate over to the Kinect as well.

Will Kinect be the only live controller

Since the success of the Nintendo Wii, numerous game console makers are developing more interactive game systems. If you're willing to wait, the Microsoft Kinect won’t be your only choice for this kind of gaming. Sony’s “Move” will be a similar system, but will cost half as much. The original success of the Nintendo Wii proved that gaming consoles could be sold to somebody other than just hard-core gamers. Though the Xbox proved very popular when it was first released, it commercially lost over $ 1 billion - - proving that games have to be sold to more than just hard-core game enthusiasts.

Sources:

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