Today Microsoft and many of its content partners took to the stage to present their 2011 E3 Keynote. This years showing was all about the Microsoft Kinect. Let’s take a look at what Microsoft and its partners announced at this year’s E3.
Coming this fall
Fall 2011 is going to be an amazing time for owners of the Xbox 360 and the Kinect motion sensor. There are going to be many new features added to the already impressive capabilities. Users will be able to control every aspect of the Xbox 360 via their voice.
Besides these amazing hardware and software upgrades uses can also expect new engaging games such as shaders for Minecraft with improved graphics and soundtracks. This will help Xbox in creating more dominance in the market as well.
There will be a completely redesigned dashboard that works exclusively with the Kinect, and the new dashboard will also incorporate the Bing search as well. What does this mean for users? Well, you will not have to spend time going through menu systems to find what you are looking for, simply tell the Xbox what you want, and Bing will search for it.
Youtube will also be making its way to the Xbox 360. This will add another video streaming service to the Xbox which already includes Netflix, Hulu, and ESPN3. Users will be able to browse all of the latest user videos, music videos and much more.
Microsoft also announced the Live TV app for the Xbox 360. Microsoft has been wanting to make the Xbox 360 the go-to device for home entertainment since it was launched, and now with the live TV feature, they will make it just that. You will be able to watch all of your favorite shows right from your Xbox, and yes it will be Kinect enabled so that you can control it with your voice. There was no announcement regarding content providers or potential fees though.
There were, of course, new games announced for the Xbox 360 and they look mighty impressive. A Tomb Raider reboot is heading to the console, as is the long-awaited Halo 4. Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 looked incredible, and Minecraft Kinect will be coming to the console and it will be exclusive to the Xbox 360. Other Xbox 360 favorites are also making comebacks as Gears of War 3, and Mass Effect 3 were both announced.
The Kinect will be seeing a lot of action in the coming months. The most successful dancing game on the system Dance Central is making a return in Dance Central 2. Forza Motorsport 4, Kinect Sports Season 2, and Tom Clancy’s: Future Soldier all look incredible. They all worked incredibly well with the Kinect Camera, and there are going to be some real groundbreaking features included in these games.
Get yourself Kinected
The Kinect camera has evolved so much over the past year, and developers (both professional and hobbyists) have made some stunning applications for the device. This year Microsoft announced that recent advancements in body tracking will take the Kinect to a whole new level.
Where the Kinect was able to mirror major body movements such as arms flailing and legs kicking, it was not able to see finer movements like mouths smiling, and finger movements, but now all that has changed.
The Kinect is now able to track those finer movements and Microsoft will be releasing a new piece of software called Kinect Me today. The software will be free for everyone to download. Kinect me will also be able to create a new avatar of you just by taking a picture. No need to sit through menu screens to pick your head shape. The Kinect will make an exact replica of you from just one photo.
Microsoft and the Xbox 360 look set to take the video game world by storm. The Xbox 360 is already the best selling console in America, and Microsoft now predicts it will be the best selling video game console in the world. With exclusive titles like Halo 4 and better Kinect compatibility, I believe they may be right.