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VideoMicrosoft showcases Kinect potential video

Motion-sensing tech one year old.

VideoMicrosoft Kinect, WP7 Christmas ad

It's a great time to be a family.

Microsoft's Chris Lewis

Xbox 360, the competition, XBLA and the next-gen.

Key events

16th November 2010

Kinect doubles UK Xbox sales

4th November 2010

Kinect Reviewed

Kinect officially dead

Well bam, there it is.

The writing has been on the wall for some time, but now Microsoft has officially rubber-stamped it: Kinect is dead.

BBC iPlayer on Xbox goes live today

Increased TV and movie consumption hasn't come at the expense of gaming, MS says.

The BBC iPlayer launches on Xbox today, meaning you'll be able to watch the likes of Doctor Who, Top Gear and Eastenders on the Microsoft made console.

Updated Xbox 360, Kinect, Live worldwide sales numbers

Last night, Microsoft's last ever Consumer Electronics Show keynote turned out not to be the time nor place for a next generation Xbox announcement.

All eyes can revert back to E3 this summer.

But Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer did use the CES 2012 stage to share fresh Xbox 360 worldwide figures.

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Microsoft pushing Kinect into business world

A surgeon browses records while in theatre.

Microsoft is working with more than 200 companies across 25 industries - from healthcare to education - to spread the reach and application of Xbox 360 motion sensing camera Kinect.

Microsoft's Chris Lewis

Xbox 360, the competition, XBLA and the next-gen.

While Sony strutted its stuff at Gamescom through the power of a press conference, Microsoft walked a more modest path with a Play Day event, with hands-on opportunities of a raft of Xbox 360 exclusive games including Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Gears of War 3 and Forza 4.

Why Kinect Sports is Rare's priority

And first-person shooters aren't.

Rare boss Scott Henson has explained why the Microsoft-owned UK developer is squarely focused on the Kinect Sports franchise and not hardcore genres such as first-person shooters.

Rare: the new Xbox "is always now"

"We're down the path" to the holodeck.

Rumours abound that Microsoft may be preparing to unveil the next Xbox at E3 2012, but according to Kinect Sports developer Rare, the next-gen is already here.

Kinect's Second Wave

Star Wars, Sesame Street, Disneyland and Rise of Nightmares.

The trajectory of most new video game hardware is a lot like the trajectory of a really good game of Defender: you fight for survival, you struggle to meet a specific set of criteria, and once you've done all that, the second wave swoops in and it's back to the grind. Hardware can't hyperspace its way out of trouble though. That bit of the analogy doesn't work.

Xbox ahead in online-capable game sales

Xbox ahead in online-capable game sales

Sold twice as many as PS3 in 2010.

The Xbox 360 sells roughly twice as many online-capable games as the PlayStation 3 does, according to US stat-tracking company NPD.

NPD statistics for 2010, reported by Gamasutra, show Xbox 360 online-capable game sales were roughly seven times the Wii equivalent.

US shops sold nearly four times as many Xbox 360 digital points cards than PlayStation 3 cards – however, it should be noted that NPD's data does not include digital currency, such as Microsoft Points, bought through the consoles.

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Ambitious Kinect game Project Milo was, according to Microsoft, never intended as a product that would release, but a new video has emerged that reveals just what gamers have missed out on.

Avatar Kinect video details tech

Avatar Kinect video details tech

Free for XBL Gold members this spring.

Microsoft took the lid off of its curious face-tracking Xbox 360 communication service Avatar Kinect this week.

The tech, which was first revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show last month, lets gamers control their Xbox Live Avatars using Kinect and their face.

Kinect translates facial movements, such as smiles and raised eyebrows, into Avatar animations.

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MS: Rare in a position of strength

Kinect Sports sales "far exceed" expectations.

The threat of redundancies looms large over Kinect Sports developer Rare, but owner Microsoft has insisted the studio's future is bright.

MS: Kinect sets astonishing sales record

MS: Kinect sets astonishing sales record

Fastest-selling consumer electronics device ever.

Kinect is the fastest-selling consumer electronics device in history.

That's according to chief financial officer Peter Klein, who was talking in a conference call listened to by VentureBeat.

It means Kinect has sold faster than any Apple device, telly or games console ever released.

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MS hints at official Kinect PC support

Announcement coming at "the right time".

While the modding community has been having plenty of fun getting Kinect to work on platforms other than the intended Xbox 360, Microsoft has remained quiet on the prospect of official support for Kinect use with PCs. That could all be about to change though.

Kinect success "a surprise to us all"

But analysts won't write off Move.

With champagne corks no doubt still popping at Microsoft HQ following yesterday's news that Kinect shipped a staggering eight million units in its first 60 days on sale – three million more than its creator anticipated – industry analysts have conceded that the peripheral took them by surprise.

Microsoft sells 8 million Kinects

Microsoft sells 8 million Kinects

And 50 million Xbox 360s.

Microsoft has offloaded a monstrous eight million Kinect units in the motion-sensing peripheral's first 60 days on sale.

The platform holder's proud CEO Steve Ballmer made the announcement during his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The 2010 tally is well above the already ambitious target of five million sales that it set itself back in November.

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Is Kinect killing your Xbox 360?

New 'red ring of death' issues reported.

The Kinect peripheral is causing a new rash of 'red ring of death' Xbox 360 system crashes, according to a report from the BBC.

EA: Kinect/Move FPS "hard to imagine"

Riccitiello envisages "hiding behind couch".

Silver-haired EA overlord John Riccitiello finds it "really hard to imagine" a future where he's "hiding behind my couch, making a gun out of my finger" and shooting baddies in Call of Duty or Medal of Honor.

Source: MS quadrupling Kinect accuracy

Finger movement and hand rotation possible.

Microsoft is working to improve the accuracy of Xbox 360 motion-sensing add-on Kinect so that it could detect finger movement and hand rotation, Eurogamer understands.

Kinect bundles outsell Move bundles 5-1

Plus: GT5, Donkey Kong sales figures.

Xbox 360 Kinect bundles outsold PlayStation 3 Move bundles by a factor of more than five to one in the US last month, according to a retail analyst.

November US sales: Microsoft's spin

November US sales: Microsoft's spin

"We wouldn't trade places with anyone."

The best-selling console in North America right now is Xbox 360, and November's Kinect-powered 1.37 million haul marks six months of game-machine dominance. What's Microsoft got to say about that?

"I don't see any reason why it wouldn't continue," group product manager David Dennis told GameSpot.

"For us, it's about continuing to innovate and bring new experiences to the platform through Live. We're always talking to partners about ways we can bring other types of entertainment experiences, as well as reinvent the platform overall so it continues to feel fresh and new. And you couple those Live services with amazing games.

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Move and Kinect sales

Move and Kinect sales "neck and neck"

Sony ships 4.1m Moves, sells probably 2.5m.

Sales of Sony's Move and Microsoft's Kinect were today described as neck and neck as it emerged that Sony's official 4.1 million global sales figure for the Move actually relates to shipping – not sales to gamers.

Yesterday Sony directly countered Microsoft's 2.5 million global Kinect sales announcement with an announcement of its own: it's sold a whopping 4.1 million sales of the Move controller across the globe since its September launch.

However, while Sony's announcement used the word "sales" in relation to the impressive number, it actually meant "shipped". Shipped relates to sales to shops, whereas sales relates to sales through to gamers.

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Kinect sells 2.5 million in 25 days

Kinect sells 2.5 million in 25 days

Retailers expect "consistent shipments."

The Xbox 360's Kinect peripheral has sold more than 2.5 million units worldwide in the 25 days since launch.

"We are thrilled about the consumer response to Kinect," said Microsoft exec Don Mattrick, "and are working hard with our retail and manufacturing partners to expedite production and shipments of Kinect to restock shelves as fast as possible to keep up with demand."

"With sales already exceeding two and a half million units in just 25 days, we are on pace to reach our forecast of five million units sold to consumers this holiday."

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Sony: Why we turned down Kinect

Research and Design whiz Anton Mikhailov on the past, present and future of Move.

Is PlayStation Move merely an evolution of the Wii? Is it a poor substitute for the controller-free Kinect? Or is it the beginning of the future of motion controllers?

Kinect "can't do a good lightsaber game"

Move's will be "damn better", says Sony dev.

One of the chief architects of Sony's motion sensing platform PlayStation Move reckons the upcoming Star Wars game for rival motion sensing add-on Kinect won't be much cop.

Will Kinect/Move boost 360/PS3 sales?

Will Kinect/Move boost 360/PS3 sales?

"Unlikely," says a new report.

Both Microsoft and Sony reckon motion sensing add-ons Kinect and Move will significantly boost sales of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 respectively, but a new survey from a respected analyst reckons that's "unlikely".

Firm Cowen's Fall 2010 Video Game Survey chatted to 1300 individuals and 1001 videogame players from the US, and, according to analyst Doug Creutz, the results suggest price cuts "would have been better".

"Although our survey results show strong demand for the two new motion sensing peripherals among current Xbox 360 and PS3 owners, demand among non-owners and prospective buyers appears tepid," Creutz said in a note.

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Kinect "hackers" won't be prosecuted

Microsoft "excited" by user mods.

Microsoft has softened its approach to alleged hackers tampering with its Kinect hardware, insisting it had intended users to get creative with its new gadget all along.

Digital FoundryIs Xbox 360 holding back Kinect?

USB "technicalities" blamed.

Blitz Games founder Phillip Oliver says that the "technicalities of the Xbox" are holding back Kinect from providing higher resolution images. Talking about Blitz's new game, Yoostar, with Gamesindustry.biz, Oliver describes how Microsoft added a digital zoom to the Kinect feature-set as the full high resolution image was not available for the developers to access themselves.

Is Kinect the future of boardrooms?

Microsoft thinks so.

Kinect can do everything!* Soon the motion-sensing camera will help Microsoft deliver "probably the most important thing to happen to the office worker since the PC came along".

Buy now or it's a Kinect-free Christmas

MS expects 2010 stock to sell out this week.

If you want to see the unfettered joy on a loved-one's face that only a Kinect-shaped parcel under the Christmas tree can bring, you'd better get your act together. Microsoft reckons that unless you order one this week it'll be lumps of coal all round come 25th December.

Kinect doubles UK Xbox sales

Kinect doubles UK Xbox sales

360 outselling Wii and PS3.

Sales of Xbox 360 in the UK doubled last week off the back of the launch of Kinect, Eurogamer has learnt.

The spike was confirmed this afternoon by sales monitor Chart-Track, a spokesperson stating that, while specific figures could not be revealed, it was "more than a fair reflection" to say the figure was double that of the previous week.

The boost is understood to have widened substantially the gap between Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with Sony's biggest hope for a pre-Christmas surge coming next week with the release of the long-delayed Gran Turismo 5.

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Kinect sells a million in 10 days

Kinect sells a million in 10 days

On track to meet 5 million year-end target.

Microsoft has sold a million units of its Kinect peripheral worldwide since its 4th November US launch.

Microsoft exec Don Mattrick told Reuters "It's a strong start. Consumers are loving it."

The platform holder last month predicted that it would sell five million Kinects by the end of the year - a target which it today claims it's on track to meet.

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Minority Report-style PC Kinect interface

Hacker knocks up a proof-of-concept.

Hackers playing around with Kinect using home-made PC device drivers have already produced a proof-of-concept video showing a multi-touch interface similar to the one Tom Cruise's character uses in Minority Report.

Kinect parts cost MS around £34

Research suggests tidy profit per unit.

If you were to go shopping for all the constituent parts of Microsoft's Kinect peripheral you'd land up with a bill for an estimated £34, according to tech analysis published today.

Today's games use 20-30% of Kinect

Yoostar 2 dev claims to use more.

Blitz Games claims to be getting nearly twice as much out of Kinect as everyone else. Those games you see on the shelves today - they're using barely a third of what the new device can do.

New Kinect features on the way

MS only "scratching the surface" - Kudo.

It may only have been on sale here for a few hours, but Microsoft has already promised to support Kinect with a raft of new abilities in the future.

Kinect stock coming in "every week"

Shortages? What shortages?

With Kinect going on sale across Europe today amid concerns over hardware shortages, Microsoft UK boss Neil Thompson last night insisted new stock would be coming in "more or less every week".

The Xboss

Microsoft's Stephen McGill talks Kinect.

It's finally here - the new peripheral we've all been waiting for. Well, some of us have been waiting for. And technically it's not a peripheral - it's a whole new platform, a brand new expanded multimedia entertainment experience which will revolutionise social interaction in exciting new ways and offer us new options for engaging with the home entertainment interactive experience in revolutionary and exciting new interactive ways.

First blood for Kinect in sales war?

First blood for Kinect in sales war?

Retailer: Move will come 2nd this holiday.

After less than a week on sale, US retailer GameStop has picked Kinect as the first round winner in the Great Motion Controller War of 2010.

When asked whether Microsoft's Kinect add-on or Sony's Move would come out on top this Christmas, senior VP of merchandising and marketing Bob McKenzie told Eurogamer, "I'd say right now Microsoft's Kinect is looking to be the winner of the two for us.

"We're very happy with the sell through over the weekend. It has met our expectations and actually exceeded our initial forecasts."

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Kinect selling out fast

Big US chains are out of stock.

Microsoft's Kinect system is, as anticipated, selling like gangbusters, with some of the biggest retail chains in the US all out of stock.

Waving and Shouting

Kinect is MS' biggest launch since 360, but its confidence can't hide the challenges it faces.

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UK Kinect launch stock is 

UK Kinect launch stock is "tight"

Queuing may be a good choice.

If you want to buy Kinect next week you ought to consider queueing - three separate shops have told Eurogamer stock will be tight.

Microsoft's initial shipments will be limited, and the word is that shelf refills will happen in December.

Zavvi told us "Kinect is not in full supply at the moment", but reassured that "we are working closely with Microsoft to ensure a full allocation to satisfy our customer demand".

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HMV opts out of Kinect midnight launch

HMV opts out of Kinect midnight launch

In-store demos "better show off" device.

Microsoft might compare Kinect's arrival to that of a console, but HMV won't open any shops at midnight to welcome it to the UK next Tuesday.

"We are focusing on in-store demo events rather than midnight launches as we feel these will better show off Kinect's amazing capabilities to the public," HMV explained to Eurogamer.

Those comments arrive moments after GAME confirmed overwhelming support for Kinect's UK launch, promising to open a combined 450 shops at midnight across the country.

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Did Kinect's Times Square launch go well?

Did Kinect's Times Square launch go well?

Queues for three blocks, apparently.

Last night Microsoft hired out New York's iconic Times Square to launch Kinect to North Americans. And with such an audacious event came the need to put on a bloody good show. By all accounts, that's exactly what happened.

Kotaku took pictures of rapper/crooner Ne-Yo leading hundreds of dancers in a choreographed routine. You could say he was the controller. Those pictures also showed how not only all traffic through Times Square was blocked for the evening, but how all of Times Square's gigantic televisions flaunted Kinect-based advertising throughout.

Xbox Live's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb shared pictures via Twitter of the Kinect stockpile moments before launch and Xbox 360 boss Don Mattrick selling his new motion-sensing camera to the first person in line.

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MS: Hybrid control 360 games coming

Pad plus Kinect games exist, says Kipman.

On the day of Kinect's US launch, Microsoft has confirmed that games that combine motion control with traditional controller input are in the works.

Kinect Reviewed

Kinect Reviewed

The Eurogamer verdict.

It's here. Finally. We won't bore you with the palaver involved in bringing you this bumper presentation of Kinect launch coverage – let's just say it's been an interesting, and exhausting, few days.

But even if you knew the story, it wouldn't explain why the eventual arrival of Microsoft's magic camera was met with such drama and excitement chez Eurogamer. Nor would the level of hype whipped up by the ringmasters at Microsoft, although that certainly helped (it's not every day we feature an Oprah clip on our website).

Maybe it's the large and lavish line-up of launch software. Maybe it's the contrast with the softly-softly approach Sony took for PlayStation Move. But the fact is, this doesn't feel like a mere peripheral. It feels more like a new hardware launch than anything we've seen in years.

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Microsoft raises Kinect sales projections

Microsoft raises Kinect sales projections

You'll buy five million by Christmas.

Microsoft has revised its sales targets for the Kinect system from three million by Christmas to a whopping five million.

TechFlash report that Bloomberg's Dina Bass broke the news on her Twitter feed. A further tweet added, "That would make Kinect the biggest Xbox product launch ever in terms of sales, according to Microsoft's Don Mattrick."

Genuine numbers or is the platform holder just rattling a sabre in Sony's face? Time will tell, but demand does seem to be very high for Microsoft's space-age controller.

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Kinect's brain works like your brain

Alex Kipman knows - he made it.

Every time you play with Kinect - out now in the US and on 10th November in the UK - it will see and it will learn. And in a similar way a baby understands the world so, Kinect creator Alex Kipman believes, will his camera decipher you.

Xbox Live UK dashboard update now

Xbox Live UK dashboard update now

UPDATE: Eurogamer videos it.

Update #2: Xbox Live's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has provided on his blog a list of new features arriving in today's dashboard update.

Update: The UK Xbox Live autumn dashboard update is live now, Eurogamer can confirm.

Original story: The autumn Xbox 360 dashboard update is upon us; Microsoft's annual Xbox Live overhaul is happening today.

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Rare: We're not a Kinect exclusive dev

Rare: We're not a Kinect exclusive dev

But Kinect the "centrepiece of our strategy".

Rare's next game is Kinect Sports and the studio is one of the motion-sensing add-on's most vocal supporters, but new boss Scott Henson has denied the famed UK company has become a Kinect-exclusive developer.

However, Kinect development is the "centrepiece" of Rare's strategy, Henson, who Microsoft has just announced as Rare's new studio manager, told Eurogamer.

"Kinect will be a key part of the studio's future," he said. "I'm not suggesting it's going to be exclusive, but it will be the centrepiece of our strategy for sure, because there is a lot of opportunity there."

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Xbox veteran takes charge of Rare

Henson swaps Redmond for Birmingham.

One of the chief architects of Xbox's success and development has taken over Kinect Sports developer Rare as studio manager, Microsoft has announced.

MS: Kinect games will span all genres

"It is as core to the platform as Live."

Microsoft envisages Kinect as a "fundamental" part of what Xbox 360 offers - an experience to span all genres and be considered as inherent as Xbox Live.

What is Kinect's launch line-up?

What is Kinect's launch line-up?

UPDATED with European info.

Update: Microsoft has two extra games prepared for the European launch of Kinect on 10th November. These are Get Fit with Mel B (SouthPeak) and Dance Paradise (Universal).

The European launch line-up looks like this:

Available on 10th November (European Kinect launch)

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Kinect's sitting down woe finally over

MS switches base node to back of neck.

Concern over Kinect's ability to detect players sat down on sofas has been eradicated after Microsoft updated the software behind the tech, Eurogamer can reveal.

Kinect sold out at GAME

And Amazon stops taking pre-orders.

High street games retailer GAME has sold out of its initial allotment of Kinect units, weeks before Microsoft's new system has even launched.

Control Sky Player with Kinect

Wave hands or speak at the telly.

Kinect will allow control of Sky Player television on Xbox 360 with "a simple wave of the hand" or voice commands such as "pause", "rewind", "fast forward", "play" and, presumably, "stop".

Sony: "Buttons are irreplaceable"

Don't push it, Microsoft, says Marks.

Worried that gaming is careering towards a buttonless, waggle-only future? Fear not - Sony has insisted buttons are here to stay.

Analysts back MS's 3m Kinect sales claim

Analysts back MS's 3m Kinect sales claim

But it's a "high price" for gamers.

Microsoft reckons upcoming motion-sensing add-on Kinect will sell over three million units this Christmas, destroy iPad sales and perhaps even be the biggest platform launch of all time.

But will it? Eurogamer chatted to three top analysts to get their verdict on Microsoft's bold and brash Kinect sales claim - and they all agreed.

"Microsoft hasn't been shy about their aggressiveness with the Kinect, something I can respect," Jesse Divnich, vice president of Analyst Services, told Eurogamer.

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Sony: Move piggybacked Kinect hype

"We're lucky MS made such a big deal of it."

PlayStation Move wouldn't have flourished in the public eye had Kinect not existed, Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios, believes. The comparisons, he said, elevated Move.

Kinect:

Kinect: "Biggest platform launch ever"

Microsoft's Phil Spencer bets it will be.

Microsoft reckons the release of Xbox 360 motion-sensor Kinect will be the "biggest platform launch ever".

The confident predictions go on: Microsoft thinks Kinect will be the biggest home electronics launch of 2010.

"We're investing in this so people will know Kinect is here," Microsoft Game Studios boss Phil Spencer told Eurogamer in a new Tokyo Game Show interview today.

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Hirai: PS3 sales

Hirai: PS3 sales "better" than expected

Wants 100 per cent of owners on PSN.

Kazuo Hirai, the overlord of PlayStation, has announced that global PlayStation 3 sales for this financial year are on track to reach 15 million.

"As of the end of August, sales look a bit better than we expected," Hirai told Reuters at the Tokyo Game Show.

They certainly were. PlayStation 3 has recorded an enviable 13 months of consistent growth in the US, and is the best selling console in Japan this year (Media Create sales data courtesy of NeoGAF).

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Japan-made Xbox 360 exclusives revealed

Japan-made Xbox 360 exclusives revealed

Suda51! Radiant Silvergun! More!

Microsoft announced three Kinect-enabled Xbox 360 exclusives and two Xbox Live Arcade titles - all created by Japanese developers and due out in 2011 - at the Tokyo Game Show this morning.

The headline new game is codename D, from No More Heroes creator Suda51. Fresh from his appearance at EA's TGS conference, Suda51 described the Kinect title as a "very core action game" without guns and swords.

"You must fight for your life to survive an evil amusement park filled with twisted and eerie creatures," said Microsoft. "With codename D for Kinect for Xbox 360, you are the controller as you unleash devastating effects to destroy enemies and objects.

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£300 Kinect 250GB bundle confirmed

£300 Kinect 250GB bundle confirmed

Console, camera, Kinect Adventures.

A £300 Kinect console bundle will be released in the UK on 10th November, Microsoft has confirmed.

For that, you'll get a 250GB Xbox 360 S (might as well call it Slim) console, Kinect camera and a copy of Kinect Adventures.

North Americans get the bundle six days earlier on 4th November and for $400.

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Kitase: Kinect, Move "awkward" for RPGs

But motion mini-games could add "spice".

Microsoft and Sony reckon their motion control devices Kinect and Move will revolutionise the game industry, but one big hitter remains unconvinced of their relevance to that most hardcore of genres: the role-playing game.

Kinect's Kudo Tsunoda

On hybrid games, evolving through firmware and staying relevant.

Microsoft's decision not to have a gamescom press conference may have robbed us of the sight of Kudo Tsunoda doing stage demos by leaping around like a lunatic, but the mile-a-minute spokesperson for Xbox 360's new control system was still buzzing around the "Play Day" the platform holder organised on the edge of town - and still had a lot to say about Kinect ahead of its 10th November launch.

Kinect supports three languages at launch

Kinect supports three languages at launch

Updated with Microsoft comment.

Update: Microsoft has refused to clarify the matter.

"Voice control is an exciting part of the Kinect for Xbox 360 controller-free experience and we can confirm that it will be available at launch in November 2010," a spokesperson told Eurogamer this morning. "We do not have additional details to share about local voice availability at this time."

Original story: Reports have surfaced that state Kinect will only recognise three languages at launch: English, Japanese and Mexican Spanish.

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Rare urges core gamers to try Kinect

"All I can say to the core is have a go."

Rare's Kinect development director Nick Burton has encouraged core gamers to try Microsoft's new controller technology rather than dismissing it out of hand.

Rare on Kinect Sports

Nick Burton on how Rare got involved with Kinect and why you should give it a try.

Uninterested? Sceptical? Cynical? Outright angry? It's fair that Rare, the creator of Kinect launch game Kinect Sports, is yet to convince all core gamers, and indeed many old school Rare fans, to dump their Xbox 360 controllers in favour of... Well, themselves.

Kinect beta confirmations sent out

Kinect beta confirmations sent out

Don't tell the internet! Oh.

Microsoft has sent out emails to people accepted into the US Kinect beta test advising them to expect an automatic system update soon and the kit in the post.

In an email obtained by Kotaku, the platform holder explained that the beta test was confidential (good start) and that the hardware would be posted to participants ASAP.

Testers will get to sample the controller, the new Xbox 360 dashboard that goes with it and new, slimmer avatars redesigned to suit the system as well.

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MS: PlayStation Plus "hasn't changed" us

"People value what we've done with Live."

Sony's new PlayStation Network premium subscription service PlayStation Plus has had no effect on the continued evolution of rival online service Xbox Live, Microsoft has insisted.

MS took "shortcuts" with Kinect

Says creator of rival controller-free tech.

The creator of little-known motion detection technology iisu reckons Microsoft took "shortcuts" to get Xbox 360 add-on Kinect to market this November.

MS confirms voice control for Kinect

MS confirms voice control for Kinect

Update: After reports suggested otherwise.

UPDATE: Microsoft has confirmed that Kinect WILL launch with voice control.

In a statement given to Eurogamer Microsoft said: "Voice control is an exciting part of the Kinect for Xbox 360 controller-free experience and we can confirm that it will be available at launch in November 2010.

"Only on Xbox 360 will you be able to navigate the Kinect Hub using your voice to control your movies, TV shows and music. We do not have additional details to share about local voice availability at this time."

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Core community will "love" Kinect - Lewis

Reveals "no tolerance" for Wii, Move ports.

Microsoft bigwig Chris Lewis expects to see "hybrid experiences" on Xbox 360 that use Kinect as well as traditional controllers and therefore target both sets of consumers: casual and core.

Microsoft's Chris Lewis

"We'll sell more consoles this year than we did last."

Earlier this week Microsoft announced that Xbox 360's Kinect control system would launch in Europe on 10th November. We already knew that it would cost a plump £129.99 for a bundle that includes launch title Kinect Adventures.

Kinect UK release date announced

Kinect UK release date announced

Update: Microsoft clears up confusion.

UPDATE: Microsoft has confirmed Kinect will be released in the UK on 10th November. Glad that's cleared up.

ORIGINAL STORY: Xbox 360 sensor Kinect will be released in the UK on 10th November, Microsoft has announced.

Or is that 17th November? We're not entirely sure.

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Digital FoundryThe Case for Kinect

The strengths. The weaknesses. The facts. Digital Foundry investigates.

As we move closer to Kinect's November release date, games developers are talking in more detail - on and off the record - about the new motion control system: what it can do, what it can't do, and what we should expect from the system going forward.

Molyneux admits Milo is "contentious"

Doesn't think of it as a released product.

Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux has admitted that Project Milo, which allows gamers to interact with a virtual young boy using Xbox 360 add-on sensor Kinect, is suffering from associations with paedophilia.

Fable III Kinect support confusion

Will it or won't it?

The will it or won't it support Kinect saga that has dogged Lionhead role-playing game Fable III shows no sign of abating after publisher Microsoft refused to confirm comments on the matter from creator Peter Molyneux.

Microsoft UK defends Kinect price

"You don't have to buy anything else."

A Microsoft UK rep has defended the £129.99 price tag on the Kinect motion sensor for Xbox 360, pointing out that a single unit delivers the complete multiplayer experience.

Conflicting Goals

Kinect's pricing speaks of a company torn between market expansion and monetisation.

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Kinect hardware sales boost is 

Kinect hardware sales boost is "bollocks"

Microsoft "missed the boat", says CHIPS.

Don McCabe, the outspoken manager of UK independent retailer CHIPS, firmly believes that Kinect won't boost hardware sales for Microsoft.

"In some ways Microsoft has missed the boat," he told GamesIndustry.biz. "Over the last two years the casual market has been declining rapidly."

"I don't think it's going to add any new hardware sales. I spotted in their last response to a survey, they said it would lift hardware sales by 5 to 15 percent.

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UK Xbox 360 sales up 1000%

UK Xbox 360 sales up 1000%

New 250GB and price cuts do the business.

UK Xbox 360 sales are up a whopping 1000 per cent following the release of the new 250GB model last week, Microsoft has claimed.

As a result, Microsoft has 84 per cent of the market.

Xbox Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) boss Chris Lewis told our sister site Gamesindustry.biz that sales were helped by price cuts for the Elite and Arcade models.

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Microsoft confirms Kinect price

Microsoft confirms Kinect price

And a new Xbox 360 model.

Kinect will cost £129.99/€149.99, and come bundled with launch title Kinect Adventures, Microsoft has confirmed.

"We obviously don't make pricing decisions without doing our research," Xbox product director Aaron Greenberg told Eurogamer in an interview published elsewhere on the site.

"We've done a number of pricing studies on a global scale across a whole variety of audience segments. We've found that when we talked to consumers about the different types of experiences you get with Kinect, the sensor with the full game at £129.99 does quite well.

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Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg

On money, Kinect, and Milo & Kate.

Microsoft's just announced that Kinect will cost £129.99 / €149.99 and come bundled with launch title Kinect Adventures.

Tsunoda: Kinect goes way past rumble

People's obsession with it "laughable".

Microsoft Game Studios general manager and chief Kinect cheerleader Kudo Tsunoda has said it's "almost laughable the way people hold on to rumble as the holy grail of haptic feedback".

MS insists you can sit with Kinect

Only in games made "with sitting in mind".

Microsoft has insisted that Xbox 360 motion-sensing add-on Kinect can recognise players who are sitting, despite a recent developer comment to the contrary.

ShopTo puts Kinect at £129.99

Claims device out on 19th Nov.

UK retailer ShopTo has claimed Microsoft's motion sensor Kinect will carry an RRP of £129.99, and be released on Friday, 19th November.

Microsoft takes anti-shovelware stance

"I don't want Halo on Kinect," says exec.

Microsoft's Albert Penello has said the company is determined to put quality over quantity when it comes to games which work with the Kinect motion controller.

Report: MS to bundle Kinect with 360

And does plan to do $199 slim 360.

Microsoft does plan to release Kinect as part of bundles with the Xbox 360 console, and also plans to release a $199 version of the new Xbox 360.

US retailers push $149 Kinect price

Four of them. MS still says it's TBA.

Microsoft won't budge on the line that Xbox 360 Kinect pricing has yet to be determined, despite all the major US games retailers lining up behind a $149 price point.

Rare: Kinect lag "not an issue"

Past problems overcome, insists studio.

Is lag a problem for Kinect? Not according to Rare, the studio tasked with producing one of its flagship launch titles, Kinect Sports.

Digital FoundryTech Analysis: Kinect

Digital Foundry on latency, CPU overheads and how it all works.

It's the day after the night before, and a chance to reflect on our hands-on playtest of the new Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360 platform, contact our sources and attempt to put together some semblance of the technical picture behind the device formerly known as Project Natal.

GameStop gives Kinect $149.99 price

While undefined bundles go up to $399.

Whoopsy daisy! US retailer GameStop has whacked up pre-order offers for Kinect and various Kinect games, revealing that it intends to charge $149.99 for the add-on.

MS shows Kinect Hub and Video Kinect

Plus Zune and ESPN Xbox Live deal.

Microsoft today showed off the new Kinect Hub and Video Kinect as part of its sales pitch for the technology formerly known as Project Natal.

Kinect out in the US on 4th November

ROW "thereafter". More than 15 launch titles.

Microsoft has announced that Kinect for Xbox 360 will launch on 4th November "starting in North America". According to the press release that accompanied the news, "Kinect will roll out to the rest of the world thereafter."

Xbox 360 Kinect

Kinect Sports, Kinect Adventures, Dance Central, Your Shape, Joy Ride.

New name, new games, and a new beginning for Microsoft's motion controller: Kinect. In the immediate aftermath of the Cirque de Soleil "Project Natal Experience", we had a chance to get hands on, or hands-off as it were [we did that joke last year - Ed], with a small selection of titles set to launch with the camera.

MS man: Kinect "perfect name" for Natal

"Evoking both 'kinetic' and 'connection'."

Microsoft's Stephen Toulouse believes that the name "Kinect" is a great fit for the Project Natal concept even though he admits it will be polarising.

Microsoft shows off Kinect at E3 event

Sports! Star Wars! Dance! Yoga! Tigers!

Microsoft has been showing off the Xbox 360 add-on previously known as Project Natal at a pre-E3 event in Los Angeles. No date or price was discussed at the event, although marketing materials pointed to a November launch.

Natal Cirque de Soleil event detailed

Plus: details on four Natal tech demos.

The LA Times has revealed details of the Cirque de Soleil event Microsoft has commissioned to introduce its final vision of Project Natal to the world this evening in Los Angeles.

Natal to cost a hundred quid - report

Launch slated for October, says source.

With just weeks to go until E3, details of the price and launch date for Microsoft's new Project Natal technology appear to have leaked onto the internet.

Microsoft E3 conference announced

Microsoft E3 conference announced

Plus "Technology-free" Natal showcase.

Microsoft has revealed that its E3 press conference this year will take place on Monday 14th June at 10am PST, or 6pm BST.

The platform holder has previously said it plans to host a Project Natal showcase on Sunday evening ahead of its conference.

(Update: A second invite to the Natal event has now arrived. Apparently it's a "Technology-free event". "Please leave your technology at home, no photography or video allowed." Perhaps they're scared of the Blacksmith of the Future.)

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Natal may learn from your actions

Whitten talks up living room experiences.

Xbox 360 general manager Marc Whitten reckons that in future Project Natal may be able to learn things about you based on what you wear and how you react to things happening on-screen.

Natal game River Rush revealed

Man reckons it will help kids lose weight.

Hollywood screenwriter James Gunn has been playtesting Project Natal - and putting his thoughts about it on the internet.

MS confirms PrimeSense Natal role

MS confirms PrimeSense Natal role

Israeli company intimately involved.

Microsoft has finally confirmed that Israeli company PrimeSense is providing the 3D sensing and recognition technologies in Project Natal.

As Digital Foundry reported last June, PrimeSense provides the "brain" of the Natal camera, which is based on its PrimeSensor reference design.

Project Natal, which uses a mixture of camera and sensors to track control input without the need for a controller, is due to be released this Christmas.

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MS to hold special Natal event at E3

It'll take place before the press conference.

Microsoft has announced plans to host a special Project Natal event at this year's E3, before all the big news is revealed in the platform holder's conference.

Molyneux: Natal upgrades "countless"

Recent demos out-of-date, insists designer.

Peter Molyneux has moved to dampen fears over Project Natal lag, insisting there have been "countless revisions of cameras and countless revisions of software" since the demo units shown to press and celebrities in recent weeks were produced.

Capcom making "gamer's game" for Natal

Reviving brand we've not seen in "a while".

Capcom is promising not to treat Natal as a "gimmick", and has revealed that a "gamer's game" is in development for the motion-sensing Xbox 360 camera.

Microsoft dismisses Natal rumours

Launch details "weren't accurate".

Microsoft has distanced itself from reports last week on alleged launch details for Project Natal, claiming they "weren't accurate" and insisting there remain "a lot of things to get decided".

Gamers don't want a new Xbox, says exec

Spencer reckons they'll be happy with Natal.

Microsoft Game Studios boss Phil Spencer reckons you don't want another Xbox machine at the moment, but is focusing instead on offering a "huge return" on your original Xbox 360 investment.

Digital Foundry vs. Project Natal

In-depth, no-holds-barred hands-on analysis of the Next Big Thing in gaming.

Microsoft's announcement of Project Natal at this year's E3 was, for many, the event of the show; an exciting piece of brand new technology promising to revolutionise the way we play games. No joypads, no sticks, no buttons... no controller! Combining a traditional RGB camera with an infra-red sensor, along with a multi-array mic and Microsoft's own voice-recognition technology, Project Natal is all about bringing people into the game, literally. Capable of tracking and interpreting motion data for up to four people simultaneously, the human body becomes the controller. In effect, it's a pretty sophisticated motion-capture set-up designed for the home, and it's exclusive to Xbox 360. It's also pretty much the main reason I've come to gamescom - I have so many questions about the device, and none of the answers have been forthcoming in anything I've read about it so far.

THQ: Natal to launch late next year

THQ: Natal to launch late next year

Plus: UFC to expand onto handhelds.

THQ boss Brian Farrell has said he expects Project Natal to be released "late next year".

His statement was made during a financial earnings call (via Kotaku).

Farrell went on to say that he expects "a price cut would be in order by at least two of the three manufacturers" in the future. When pressed, he added that a PS3 snip in the range of $100 "wouldn't surprise us".

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SEGA "blown away" by Natal, PS3 wand

"There's so many games and possibilities."

SEGA Europe's development boss Gary Dunn was "blown away" by Microsoft's and Sony's motion-sensing demonstrations at E3 and "immediately" wants to start working with the new technology.

New Xbox 360 "doesn't make sense"

But hardware tweaks do, sources say.

The confusion surrounding 'Xbox Natal' continues, as retailer ShopTo, analyst Michael Pachter and an industry-leading developer close to Microsoft all sound off on the suggestion that Microsoft will refresh the Xbox hardware line in autumn 2010.

Kim: Natal is a relaunch of Xbox 360

Kim: Natal is a relaunch of Xbox 360

"It's not a new hardware architecture."

Microsoft bigwig Shane Kim has stated that the release of Project Natal will be "the launch of Xbox 360", and that no new console hardware will be involved.

"Absolutely. It will be that big," he told Gamasutra. "Now, the good news is that it's not a new hardware architecture; we're not forcing customers to have to go buy a new console because it will work with every existing Xbox 360 out there.

"But in terms of its importance and scale of what we're talking about, yeah, absolutely, it will be like the launch of a new Xbox."

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New Xbox 360 console next autumn?

More powerful and has Natal, claim sources.

Microsoft may be planning to launch a new Xbox console next autumn that bundles Project Natal as standard and features minor technological improvements.

Natal not targeting existing casual gamers

For homes where games "don't exist".

Microsoft's Shane Kim has said that Project Natal is designed to target the "60 per cent of households where a videogame console doesn't exist", rather than current casual gamers "or even PS2 people who haven't upgraded".

MS: Natal will work with "all ethnicities"

Tech demos can be "temperamental".

Microsoft has responded to rather eyebrow-raising claims that Project Natal has problems tracking the movement of black skin, stating that the technology will "obviously work with people of all shapes and ethnicities at launch".

Miyamoto: We've got 5 years' experience

Says he's not bothered by Natal etc.

Shigeru Miyamoto has responded to the announcements of Microsoft's Project Natal and Sony's motion controller by saying that new control schemes only work if you make compelling games with them.

E3: Devs could add Natal to old games

Schappert: "Certainly it can be done."

Microsoft may well allow developers to retrofit their existing games with Project Natal controls, according to Xbox Live and services boss John Schappert.

E3: Microsoft's John Schappert

On digital downloads, exclusives and Natal.

Xbox boss Don Mattrick was washing his hair when we came to call at E3 this year - perhaps wary of spectacularly putting his foot in it again - but Eurogamer's Oli Welsh did get to speak to the affable John Schappert, boss of Live and services, about the company's various announcements, including Natal (yes, again), the games-on-demand service and other Xbox subjects. What does 'exclusive' even mean these days, for example? Read on to find out what Schappert reckons. - Tom.

E3: Post-Natal Discussion

Microsoft's Alex Kipman explains the technology.

The highlight of Microsoft's E3 press conference - apart from Gepetto Molyneux and his talking boy - was undoubtedly Project Natal. As you'll know if you've read our hands-on preview, it allows you to play games using your whole body and invisible controllers, via a camera that sits under your TV.

E3: Greenberg: PS3 wand is "fun" like Wii

But Natal is "leapfrogging" both.

Xbox 360 bigwig Aaron Greenberg thinks Sony's motion-sensing wand for PS3 will share the same "fun" space as Wii, but believes Microsoft's Project Natal is "leapfrogging" them both.

E3: MS execs: Natal not derived from 3DV

Plus: Xbox 360 to go some until 2015.

Microsoft's Shane Kim has said that the systems making up Project Natal have been in development "for a long time", and distanced the full-body motion-sensing camera from the company's acquisition of 3DV Systems.

E3: Spielberg: Natal a "whole new world"

More room now to "break your heart".

Steven Spielberg reckons that Microsoft's Project Natal technology represents "a whole new world; a whole new beginning" for videogames, and that all we've seen previously has been "thrown away".

E3: Project Natal

Milo, Ricochet and Burnout.

E3 2009 may not have officially kicked off yet, but it's already been a show to remember. After all, it's not every day you get to see the likes of James Cameron, Paul McCartney and Pele chatting about videogames. Nor is it every day you get to have a conversation with a virtual 10 year-old or play Burnout with an imaginary steering wheel.

E3: Molyneux and Milo

A chat with Peter and his new best friend.

The last time Eurogamer met up with Peter Molyneux was at the Game Developers Conference in March. Back then the Lionhead boss teased us with talk of his next project but wouldn't reveal any details, stating, "I will absolutely not talk about anything, any concepts or ideas, until I've got something tangible to show."

Perennial showman Peter Molyneux took to the stage towards the end of the Microsoft conference this evening to showcase a project which Lionhead has been working on for Project Natal - Microsoft's new hands-free control system.

E3: MS unveils hands-free Project Natal

E3: MS unveils hands-free Project Natal

Pretty much X720. A bit Minority Report.

Microsoft games boss Don Mattrick has shown off Project Natal, a camera-based no-controller control scheme that combines "an RGB camera, depth sensor, multi-array microphone and custom processor running proprietary software all in one device".

There’s no word on a date, but Mattrick said it would work with every single Xbox 360 when it launches, which saves on them making a new console (for now anyway).

It’s “a revolutionary new way to play where the only experience you need is life experience”, according to Mattrick.

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