In all the excitement for the local launch of Xbox Live, another piece of Microsoft’s entertainment pie seems to have gone a little unnoticed. Yes, that would be Kinect, Microsoft’s revolutionary controller-free motion-sensing peripheral.
It’s in stores right now, for the somewhat unreasonable R1999 – or the much more reasonable R4299 when bundled with a brand new 250 Gb Xbox 360 S. It’s a fancy, 3D infra-red tracking system that’ll enable you to flail around wildly and look very, very silly indeed without using any unnecessary controllers. Hooray for casual interactive entertainment! Besides gaming, it’ll allow you to use gestures to control your Xbox – and engage in Webcam chats with other Kinect users as well as MSN contacts who’re using PCs.
Hit the jump for the list of launch titles, and let us know if you’ll be picking up Kinect – or if you’ve already done so.
- Kinect Adventures (Microsoft Game Studios)
- Kinectimals (Frontier Studio/Microsoft Game Studios)
- Kinect Joy Ride (Big Park/Microsoft Game Studios)
- Kinect Sports (Rare/Microsoft Game Studios)
- Dance Central (MTV Games)
- Your Shape: Fitness Evolved (Ubisoft)
- EA Sports Active 2 (EA)
- Deca Sports Freedom (Hudson)
- Dance Masters (Konami)
- Adrenalin Misfits (Konami)
- Zumba Fitness (Majesco)
- Sonic Free Riders (Sega)
- The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout (THQ)
- Motion Sports (Ubisoft)
- Game Party: In Motion (Warner Bros.)
If you’ve bought yourself kinect, there are two additional titles I have to recommend. The first, provided you have younger children, is Kinectimals – it’s insanely cute, and filled with a bunch of fun and silly challenges. the other is the single launch title that’s going to sell Kinect; Dance Central. Young or old, drunk or not, it’s an outrageously party game that’ll get everyone moving.
Last Updated: November 10, 2010