Project Natal, announced at last years (2009) E3 event, was heralded by developer, Microsoft, as the next generation of console gaming, welcoming gamers to a completely controller free gaming experience.
At this year’s E3, the company has finally given consumers the hard launch date, just in time for Christmas November 4th 2010, and provided the official shelf name; Kinect for Xbox360 (Kinect).
The device operates as a controller for the Xbox 360 by recognizing and translating gestures, actions, spoken commands and objects that are done in front of the device’s sensor. No more bulky controller where you swing a sword or fly a plane by pushing a button; your body and its movements are now all you need.
Along with this announcement, Microsoft also released information on 15 gaming titles that will be able to utilize the Kinect controller upon launch, including its new Kinect Sports and a Star Wars title expected in 2011.
The company did not announce an MSRP for Kinect, however, Gamestop appears to have jumped the gun and begun advertising pre-orders for the standalone unit at $149 USD, the Arcade bundle at $299 USD and an Elite bundle for $399.
For more details on Kinect for the Xbox 360, click the product page link below.