Monday, June 14, 2010

Microsoft's Project Natal Now Officially Named "Kinect"

USA Today let slip yesterday the new name for the Xbox 360 motion camera. It will be called Kinect and official images have been revealed.

Here is a list of games mentioned by the USA Today article:

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.

There are also rumors that a new Xbox 360 Slim will make an appearance today at the E3 Microsoft E3 Conference. An Italian ad was supposedly leaked, thanks Console Tribe, and you can see it below.

This new SKU is rumored to have a Kinect camera, a 250GB HDD, built-in WiFi, and compatibility with "Kinect."


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