Formerly known as Project Natal, Microsoft’s answer to the Wii
has one obvious distinction: no controller is required. The peripheral, which is an add-on that connects to most existing Xbox 360 (hard drives or memory units must have at least 175 MB storage available), uses 3-D sensors to respond to a player’s body and voice. You can read more about the technology Microsoft used to power the device here
, but, basically, when you move, so does your corresponding avatar. Microsoft Kinect is slated to be released Nov. 6. No price has been officially named, but thanks to online listings
from various retailers, rumor has it the Kinect will cost about $150. Microsoft expects to release 15 launch titles with the Kinect. Six were announced at E3, including Kinectimals (which lets kids play as baby animals), Kinect Sports, Kinect Joy Ride (a racing game), Kinect Adventures, Your Shape (an exercise game) and Dance Central. A Star Wars game is slated to be released in 2011.
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