Starting off with the basics Microsofts big new push, Project Natal has been officially renamed Kinect and will be hitting store shelves in November, no exact date yet just a month and will be retailing for….
Yeah, we don’t know. Microsoft are still keeping a price underwraps at the moment, though under £100 would seem to be a safe bet.
While a US newspaper leaked Kinectics list of launch titles before tonights big reveal, while the list looks solid don’t take it as the final word:
* Kinectimals lets you train and play with 20 different virtual cats, including a lion, cheetah and tiger.
* Joyride, a racing game, lets players use their hands to hold an imaginary steering wheel – pull your hands toward you and push back out for an acceleration boost – and their bodies to execute jumps and tricks.
* Kinect Sports has six activities including boxing, bowling, beach volleyball, track and field, soccer and table tennis. To serve a volleyball, you mimic the real motion; in soccer, you can kick the ball or do a header.
* Kinect Adventures includes a river-raft time trial and obstacle course, playable by up to four players. On the raft, playing as a duo, you and a partner must lean one way or another to steer. Jumping helps the raft reach special areas for extra points.
* Dance Central, in development by MTV Games, brings a So You Think You Can Dance experience home.
* Star Wars characters and iconic Disney favorites will be featured in separate new games being developed at Microsoft in conjunction with LucasArts and Disney.
Along the way Facebook was added to the list of things Kinectic can use along with Video Chat, niether of which were exactly startling announcements.
Meanwhile (as I’m actually typing) Edge-Online have said that Kinect games will be retailing at just £29.99 with some being cheaper, they’ve also said that Kinect will be bundled with a family friendly title showing off it’s abilities.
Considering they’ve predicted the name changes and more, it seems that their information is solid.
Kinect Adventures has alos been confirmed by OXM to be a launch title, it see’s you white water rafting and riding mine carts along with other daft activities as you lean to turn, jump and more.
But while Microsoft handed out White Poncho’s to all who attended and somehow managed to get acrobatics involved and a massive, real live elephant in there (yes you read that right) it still felt like all of that was there to simply take your mind away from the fact that there was not much to show, the technology is impressive but the games all felt gimmicky.
It’s still early days, but so far it’s underwhelming.
Stay tuned as we’ll post all the updates plus video’s.
But still, an elephant eh?