Microsoft's Kinect motion-tracking system for the Xbox 360 looks perfectly okay for gaming. Maybe it's a Wii-fighter; maybe it isn't. But beyond gaming, Kinect might be Microsoft's chance to own the living room—and everywhere else we live.
The new Xbox. Oh dear. It's like if Sony designed the Wii. And it even feels a little 2006! Jet black, shiny, glossy, fingerprint-y, except for the Aliens-ish vent on one side. I think I miss the old white Xbox.
Well, the leaks were right. At tonight's E3 kick-off party, Microsoft officially pulled the curtain off Kinect, formerly known as Project Natal. Kinect! Like "connect" and "kinetic" and "Kin." Among the first games to be shown off: Kinect Star Wars.
Microsoft President of Entertainment and Devices—that's Xbox, Zune, Kin, Courier, et al—Robbie Bach announced his retirement today. And in his exit interview with TechFlash, he holds forth on the once and future Microsoft. So Robbie: what happens now?
A pre-Christmas launch date was always known for Project Natal, but October sounds quite early. Perhaps Microsoft has seen what happens with the Wii every Christmas and is taking measures to ensure they don't sell out, making kiddies worldwide disappointed?
Obviously you're going to need some space to flail your arms and legs about, but 4m? Seems like quite a bit just to play video games—even if Project Natal is the most anticipated gaming add-on this year.