Microsoft last night announced the commercial name for Project Natal: Kinect. It demonstrated the gesture-based interface during the opening night of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. Kinect allows users to control an Xbox video game without a controller. Jump around and your onscreen avatar jumps with you.
Kinect for Xbox 360 will be available in North America in November, in time for the holiday season. Better still, Kinect will work with existing Xbox 360 consoles, Microsoft promises. (However, Microsoft also demonstrated a new Xbox 360 console last night. It will include an Xbox 360 wireless controller, Xbox 360 headset, HDMI output, USB flash drive storage capabilities and more, available this week and priced at $300. ... I already have a Wii, but I am mightily tempted to buy the 360 with Kinect, too.)
Microsoft said it will link Kinect with Zune Pass music, so users can control the music streaming over Xbox Live with voice and gesture commands. It also plans to link Video Kenect via Xbox Live to Windows Live Messenger. The goal of that is to make video chat more interactive than it is today.
Last night's demonstration made Kinect look amazing! Look at the voice and gesture controls that can be used during movies. Never search for the remote again.
The video above shows the capabilities of Project Natal or Kinect. With a boy named Milo. The video is really awesome & makes Xbox 360 the much needed lead over PS3 & Wii.
Here is the launch of Project Natal ( Kinect ). The demonstration of games is great.
I am really excited to get my hands on this as soon as it gets launched in India.