Monday, June 28, 2010

Kinect Unleashes Casual, Possibly Fun Games This November

Well, this site should probably start with the most radical consumer interface product yet. That would be Microsoft Kinect. By now, most readers of this site probably already knew about the formerly named "Project Natal". Kinect is a sort of mish-mash of depth, video, and audio sensors. When you think about it, its kind of scary that our input devices are being made to mimic our human senses. Then again, at least they were decent enough at Microsoft to leave out the senses of smell and taste.

Microsoft has decided to launch with a very family-friendly slate of casual games, following Nintendo's strategy, or more over, their complete image that Nintendo has taken many years to develop. I can see how this could equal success, but I just hope that they don't limit the possibility of more edgy fare of game software in the future.

Launch date for NA is November 4th, with the rest of the world "jumping in" by the end of the year. Rumored price is to be set at $150, which is currently refuted as being final by Microsoft. I'll post the actual retail price as it is released.

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