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The writing has been on the wall for some time, but now Microsoft has officially rubber-stamped it: Kinect is dead.
There's a new Xbox One game which requires Kinect.
Kinect 2 for PC costs £159 / $199, Microsoft has revealed.
The company behind Kinect's motion-sensing technology has been bought by Apple, the iPhone and iPad maker has confirmed.
After becoming embroiled in the recent PRISM fiasco, Microsoft has said that it would fight to block any government access to Kinect user data.
Apple is preparing a $280 million offer for motion-sensing firm PrimeSense, whose technology Microsoft currently uses in Kinect.
Would you like to control your computer with your eyes? Of course you would.
Microsoft wants to put its motion sensor Kinect in laptops and tablets, but it faces a touch technical challenge to make its wish a reality.
Rare veteran George Andreas has left Microsoft to join Sony.
A UK university will spend 18 months developing a Kinect-powered prototype it hopes will be used to help stroke victims.
Microsoft-owned developer Rare is sticking with motion sensor Kinect for its next, unannounced project.
Imagine a world where Microsoft technology watches you watching a film, all the time policing that only the people licensed to watch the film are present.
A Microsoft Research team has invented a wrist device that senses hand and finger movements using infrafred lasers and cameras.
After an hour or was it days of fruitless searching, we've found the patent everyone's been talking about: Microsoft's wacky 'project a peripheral gaming environment onto your walls and furniture' idea. Or, to give it its proper name, the Immersive Display Experience.
The first image showing Kinect 2's capabilities has reportedly leaked online by previous Durango devkit source DaE (via Xboxygen).
NASA has launched the freely-downloadable Mars Rover Landing mini-game for Kinect.
Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection has been revealed by two recently published Xbox videos.
All the announcements and our live text coverage archive.
London doctors are using Kinect during keyhole surgery.
UK engineers are preparing to dock two orbiting satellites using technology stripped from Microsoft's Kinect camera.
NUads will not use data captured by Kinect for advertising purposes, Microsoft has insisted.
An upcoming Xbox 360 dashboard update will add support for Joule, a new wireless heart rate monitor which will track your exercise across most Kinect games.
Microsoft has secured a patent (via Engadget) for a wearable Electromyography (EMG) based controller.
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.
Kinect officially comes to Windows operated PCs on 1st February, and will cost $249.
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.
Microsoft plans to release a next-generation Kinect device so accurate it can lip read, sources have told Eurogamer.
Microsoft plans to launch two very different versions of the next Xbox, according to a Digital Foundry report on GamesIndustry.biz.
Microsoft is reportedly in the early stages of getting motion-sensor Kinect into TVs.
Microsoft has improved the Kinect hardware for the Windows version.
Motion-sensing tech one year old.
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.
It's a great time to be a family.
Microsoft may use motion-sensing add-on Kinect to work out your age, a new patent application suggests.
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.
Starring Kinect and Bing.
Microsoft has promised that natural, life-like conversations with computer controlled characters will become a reality through Xbox 360 motion-sensing add-on Kinect.
A US company has sued Microsoft because it believes motion-sensing add-on Kinect infringes its patents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The hacker behind Kinect Air Guitar will show off his latest project at the next GameCityNights event.
They're called NUads.
Trailer appears on Xbox dashboard.
Microsoft is working hard to improve 10-million selling motion sensing add-on Kinect so that the games you play feel and control better.
Sega legend Yu Suzuki, creator of Shenmue, Virtua Fighter, Out Run and Hang-on, has signed on to a new Kinect fighting game for Xbox 360.
Microsoft will market the Xbox more as an entertainment brand this year.
At E3 Microsoft will unveil something called Kinect Fun Lab, according to a new report.
Xbox 360 party application Avatar Kinect is on track for release later this spring.
At least 10 non-sequel Kinect games will be announced at trade show E3 next month, Eurogamer can reveal.
For most of us, playing games using motion sensing Xbox 360 add-on Kinect is about waving your arms about and jumping up and down.
Killzone 3 played via latest mod.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 add-on Kinect is the fastest-selling consumer electronics device ever – we know because Guinness World Records says so.
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.
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.
Motion-sensing Xbox 360 add-on Kinect will be officially available to all non-commercial organisations to help create new interfaces, Microsoft has announced.
The threat of redundancies looms large over Kinect Sports developer Rare, but owner Microsoft has insisted the studio's future is bright.
Staff at Kinect Sports developer Rare are under threat of redundancy, Microsoft has confirmed.
Play along with your WP7 device.
Using traditional controllers will always be the "primary" way to play racing games.
Epic's Gears of War Kinect game is an on-rails shooter, according to a new report.
Conduit 2 developer High Voltage Software is making a Kinect-enabled game for BioShock publisher 2K Games, Eurogamer can reveal.
Holodecks one step closer?
Came, soared and conquered.
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.
Latest game mod takes off.
With a little help from Princess Leia.
For over five years millions of gamers have enjoyed the Xbox 360 as a games console. But, according to the man who runs Microsoft, it's not a games console at all.
Microsoft will reveal an official Kinect software development kit (SDK) and driver support for Windows-based PCs soon, a new report has claimed.
One step closer to the machine apocalypse.
Five years after the 360 arrived, Microsoft has crowned 2010 as the biggest year in Xbox history.
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.
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 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.
The Kinect peripheral is causing a new rash of 'red ring of death' Xbox 360 system crashes, according to a report from the BBC.
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.
ASUS, a PC hardware company, has decided to make its very own Kinect.
Kinect owners may soon be able to interact with each other using their Avatars in a dedicated area.
When Microsoft invented Kinect, wobbling boobies probably weren't top of the feature titlist, sorry, hitlist.
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.
Get the Swarovski crystal version.
Latest mod makes music anywhere.
As the battle for motion-sensing supremacy heats up this Christmas, Sony has cast doubt on the wisdom of Microsoft's blockbuster Kinect launch.
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.
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.
Microsoft has denied engineering Kinect shortages to stimulate demand.
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.
Just hours after Microsoft announced 2.5 million sales of Kinect, rival Sony has announced 4.1 million sales of PlayStation Move.
THQ will reveal a core-focused Kinect game "soon", and confirmed plans to release two core games for Sony's PlayStation Move controller.
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."
Microsoft and Sony are manufacturing shortages of their Kinect and Move add-ons to ignite consumer demand, according to retail analyst Michael Pachter.
Enter our actual houses to find out.
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?
Based on the opening two-day sales of Kinect, Microsoft's fortunes haven't reversed in Japan just yet.
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.
Kinect's Japan launch has failed to replicate the system's success in Europe and the US.
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.
Hacking hazardous to your health.
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.
This is how you do it.
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.
Microsoft has come up with an ingenious solution to tackle cramped and Kinect-unfriendly living conditions in Japan - a tape measure.
Do analysts believe Kinect can do the business for Microsoft? Yes - by the end of 2014 they say Kinect will have sold 25 million units.
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".
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.
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.
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.
Kinect won't spy on you and gather data to tailor advertising with - despite Microsoft bragging of exactly this feature last week.
Microsoft and Sony will incorporate motion-sensing add-ons Kinect and Move into the next generation of consoles – indeed they "have to".
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.
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.
Microsoft might soon start using its Kinect technology to automatically customise Xbox 360 content depending on who is using the system.
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.
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.
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".
Microsoft's motion sensor Kinect is "incredibly liberating" for women.
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.
Who would you trust - an analyst or an octopus? Because Ollie the psychic octopus reckons Move will outsell Kinect this Christmas.
Suckers to the loser.
Microsoft's denied that motion-sensing add-on Kinect's been hacked.
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."
Gizmodo reported over the weekend that Kinect for Xbox 360 has been hacked, or rather reverse-engineered, with the motion-sensing hardware operating on an ordinary PC.
Microsoft's Kinect system is, as anticipated, selling like gangbusters, with some of the biggest retail chains in the US all out of stock.
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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".
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.
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.
Update: London's Oxford Street GAME will host the official UK launch of Kinect next Tuesday night, the shop has confirmed.
Microsoft has insisted Peter Molyneux's rumoured to be cancelled Kinect title Project Milo "was never a product" and "was never announced as a game".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
One of the chief architects of Xbox's success and development has taken over Kinect Sports developer Rare as studio manager, Microsoft has announced.
"No more gadgets, no more gizmos."
Sony's Dr Richard Marks has reiterated his belief that using controller-free input to manipulate complex interfaces is a novelty that doesn't last.
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.
Studio jumps the couch.
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)
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.
High street games retailer GAME has sold out of its initial allotment of Kinect units, weeks before Microsoft's new system has even launched.
Microsoft experimented with more traditional motion-controllers before settling on Kinect's hands-free approach, it has been revealed.
Microsoft's next big thing, Kinect, will be on show and playable at the Eurogamer Expo 2010 this weekend.
This autumn's Xbox Live update will allow Xbox 360 owners to video chat with PC owners using Kinect. Suddenly, £130 seems like pennies.
Microsoft has warned that messy floors "with clothes all over the place" will prevent Kinect from working properly. Better have a quick tidy.
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".
Microsoft's launched a competition that gives you the opportunity to play motion-sensing add-on Kinect in your hometown before it's released.
Usain in the mainframe.
Worried that gaming is careering towards a buttonless, waggle-only future? Fear not - Sony has insisted buttons are here to stay.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Microsoft has boldly claimed Xbox 360 motion-sensing add-on Kinect will sell three million units before the year is up.
Capcom took the lid off of a Kinect-enabled Steel Battalion game during Microsoft's Tokyo Game Show press conference last night.
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.
Japan-Made Xbox 360 exclusives revealed
Sony America's Peter Dille has frankly conceded that his company will never "outspend" rival Microsoft.
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.
Microsoft reckons companies are in for a "super-challenging" time if they try to imitate controller-free Xbox 360 add-on Kinect.
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.
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 Sports developer Rare has moved to quell concern over the amount of space required to use Xbox 360 add-on Kinect.
Microsoft has told Eurogamer Spain that Kinect voice recognition will be disabled for mainland Europe until spring 2011.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The creator of little-known motion detection technology iisu reckons Microsoft took "shortcuts" to get Xbox 360 add-on Kinect to market this November.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Fable III and Project Milo head honcho Peter Molyneux has told gamers to judge Xbox 360 motion sensor Kinect not on its launch titles but what follows.
Microsoft will release motion sensor Kinect bundled with the 250GB Xbox 360 slim model, if its own packaging is to be believed.
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.
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.
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.
Kinect Sports developer Rare has offered its best wishes to a long-running fan site that blamed the Microsoft-owned developer for its closure.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Matt finish model plus Kinect for £250.
Microsoft's just announced that Kinect will cost £129.99 / €149.99 and come bundled with launch title Kinect Adventures.
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".
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.
Microsoft hopes motion-sensing add-on Kinect will breathe life into the Xbox 360, but one research firm is sceptical to say the least.
UK retailer ShopTo has called for Microsoft to lower the price it expects gamers to fork out for Xbox 360 motion sensor Kinect.
UK retailer ShopTo has claimed Microsoft's motion sensor Kinect will carry an RRP of £129.99, and be released on Friday, 19th November.
According to a technical specification published by UK retailer Play.com, Kinect is only capable of tracking two players.
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.
Microsoft has popped Xbox 360 Kinect on its own online store priced $149.
European Xbox 360 bigwig Chris Lewis reckons his console has "at least" five more competitive years in it.
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.
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.
Is lag a problem for Kinect? Not according to Rare, the studio tasked with producing one of its flagship launch titles, Kinect Sports.
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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.
Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg has tweeted that pricing info for Kinect released by retailers is not accurate.
Microsoft has revealed that Kinect will run on the newly redesigned Xbox 360 without a separate power supply.
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.
Microsoft has revealed the identities of a number of third-party titles being made available for Kinect this Christmas.
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.
Update: Microsoft's Kinect press site lists the game as "Forza 4". Check out the screenshots too.
Microsoft has confirmed that the Star Wars title for Kinect shown yesterday is an exclusive title due out in 2011.
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."
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.
Harmonix has confirmed its first Kinect title, Dance Central, will regularly receive new tracks to download - but "it won't be weekly".
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.
Update: Kotaku has found marketing material bearing the "November 2010" legend.
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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.
Update: Check out Ellie's report on Kinect's unveiling for more details.
Only a small percentage of gamers know about or intend to buy Project Natal or PlayStation Move, according to a pair of studies.
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.
UK retailer GAME has revealed that Natal pre-orders will be taken from 13th June.
SEGA is working on a Project Natal racing game based on Sonic the Hedgehog.
Forget Project Natal - Microsoft's new motion-sensing camera will have a new name by the time it's released.
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's pre-E3 Project Natal showcase will be, "A spectacular live performance imagined by Cirque du Soleil," according to US invitations.
Microsoft's marketing manager for Entertainment & Devices in Saudi Arabia has said that Project Natal will "definitely" launch in October 2010.
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.)
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has described Project Natal as the "most exciting product" his company will release all year.
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.
Photographs of the Project Natal development kit have apparently leaked onto the internet along with handling and installation instructions.
Hollywood screenwriter James Gunn has been playtesting Project Natal - and putting his thoughts about it on the internet.
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.
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.
Microsoft has revealed exactly how much space you'll need to clear in order to play Project Natal games.
Project Natal may not be in shops yet, but creator Microsoft is already thinking about "a second version".
Microsoft plans to show "the full line-up" of Project Natal software at E3 in June.
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer apparently hinted at new form factors for Xbox 360 during a University of Washington Q&A last Thursday.
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.
Rare's opening a new office in Birmingham to help bring Project Natal up to scratch for an autumn 2010 release.
Microsoft bigwig Aaron Greenberg has predicted that Xbox 360 will outperform PlayStation 3 in 2010.
British comedian Jonathan Ross has, after a celebrity playtest last night, concluded that Project Natal needs more work.
Microsoft's Robbie Bach has revealed that "something like 70 or 80 per cent of the publishers in the world" are making games for Natal.
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 has dropped a chip from its forthcoming Natal motion control system to save money, according to our sister site GamesIndustry.biz.
Get under its skin.
Microsoft has announced a worldwide "holiday 2010" release date for Xbox 360's ambitious, 3D camera-driven invention Project Natal.
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".
Time.com has put forward Project Natal as one of The 50 Best Inventions of 2009.
A report has emerged that Project Natal is due to launch in November 2010.
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.
Take-Two's development studios are already experimenting with the next-generation of motion controllers.
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.
Microsoft is offering you the chance to win a trip to gamescom to experience Project Natal first-hand.
EA boss John Riccitiello plans to support both Microsoft's Natal and Sony's PS3 wand, and will reveal exactly how "early-to-mid-2010".
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".
Bill Gates has revealed that Natal technology will be usable on PC and is "a little over a year" away.
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.
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer is "sorry" for saying that a new Xbox 360 will be on shop shelves next year.
Microsoft exec Aaron Greenberg has clarified comments by Steve Ballmer regarding the release of a new Xbox 360 in 2010.
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.
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."
Microsoft may be planning to launch a new Xbox console next autumn that bundles Project Natal as standard and features minor technological improvements.
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".
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".
EA boss John Riccitiello reckons that the videogame market may end up split down the middle between motion-control games and those played with a pad.
Microsoft bigwig Shane Kim has said new motion-sensing technology Project Natal is set to reinvent the games industry.
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.
Microsoft big cheese Shane Kim has said Rare is working with Xbox 360 motion-sensing technology Project Natal.
Microsoft may well allow developers to retrofit their existing games with Project Natal controls, according to Xbox Live and services boss John Schappert.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft has promoted Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux to creative director of Microsoft Game Studios in Europe, GamesIndustry.biz reports.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.