Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360 – The Future of Gaming is Here
Wow. What a start to E3 this has been. We’ve known for around a year about Project Natal, but did anyone ever think that Microsoft could actually deliver on that promise? It seems that they have and then some. This week we finally saw the unveiling of the final name, Kinect, which is quite clearly a play on words of ‘Kinetic’. Microsoft wasn’t able to use that term even if they wanted to; this because of Eye Toy Kinetic, a fitness program released for PS2 a few years ago. Sony’s current tag line for the Playstation 3 (and very successful marketing tool right now) is ‘It Only Does Everything’. Well, they may need to revise that after the unveiling of Kinect, because you still need a controller.
That’s where the big improvement on gaming may come from, the controller-less experience. How many of you have had relatives try and play games and give up because it’s all too hard and too foreign? Many, I am sure. This is where the game changes, this is where Microsoft comes out of its shackles and shows the world the fun of gaming. As a long time gamer, the Kinect is probably not designed for me. It’s designed to bring new people into gaming and the thing is, it will.
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