Microsoft names their motion-sensing controller at the Cirque du Soleil event; further details at today’s E3 conference.
Microsoft’s upcoming highly anticipated motion-sensing controller has been named at the Cirque du Soleil event held today. First unveiled tentively as Project Natal, the camera-based motion control system will now be called ‘Kinect’. It’s either a ‘hip’ name for Kinetic or ‘connect’. Either way, it’s sort of hard to pronounce.
Anyway, according to Aaron Greenberg the separate conference was about “entertainment” and today’s E3 conference will be about “information”. Though he generally avoided giving any hard facts, Greenberg promised Kinect will still “see you, hear, and recognize you,” implying that there has been no change to the system’s functionality since it’s reveal. Greenberg also promised that Microsoft’s briefing today at E3 would have a large emphasis on “core games”, calling out Halo: Reach, Gears of War 3 and Fable III as center of focus, and said all three will be on the show floor at Microsoft’s booth at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Crackdown 2 will also be playable.
Kinect is expected to launch sometime in October, though Microsoft is still tight-lipped about the pricing.
Now, if you are wondering about the launch titles for Kinect, we have no official confirmations; however, USA Today had spilled the beans on Natal’s naming and inital games in the pipeline for the system even before the announcement was made at the event. Since then, the piece has been removed, but the folks at Joystiq were quick enough to jot down the names: Kinectimals, Joyride, Kinect Sports, Kinect Adventures, MTV Games’ Dance Central, and games featuring Disney and Star Wars characters.
The flow of information doesn’t stop here: Kinect will also feature a new video chat program called, well, ‘Video Chat’, where gamers will be able to participate in face-to-face communication with the program entirely reliable on gesture based navigation.
Kinect has also got a new look: a sleek, black design that looks native to the PS3 than the Xbox 360. Here, have a look: