Natal is Kinect! Games Announced, Too

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On June 13th at the E3 gaming conference, Microsoft revealed, among much spectacle, Project Natal, which shall now be known under its official name, “Kinect.” The new gaming system, which will arrive as a separate controller for Xbox 360 systems, lets you play video games controller-free. You just move your body, your arms, legs, head, etc. and you control the action in the game. Kincet can tell who’s playing as opposed to who’s just passing by and it can identify voices and faces.

The Kinect add-on consists of a camera, audio sensors, and motion-sensing technology that tracks 48 points of movement on the human body. And it plugs directly into any Xbox 360.

The initial game line up for Kinect includes the following, as reported first by USA Today:

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, incorporates immersive, full-body dancing without the need for a controller.

Star Wars characters and iconic Disney favorites will be featured in separate new games being developed at Microsoft in conjunction with LucasArts and Disney.

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