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.
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Microsoft has pressed its official stamp onto the Union Jack Xbox 360 that popped up on a shop's website last week.
The Xbox 360 Special Edition 4GB Kinect Celebration Pack is a "celebration of all things British", and launches on Friday 25th May in the UK.
The grisly details: the Celebration Pack features a special edition white Xbox 360 4GB console, Kinect Sensor, wireless controller, and, crucially, commemorative Union Jack skins to decorate your console with. On top of all that you get Kinect games Kinect Adventures and Kinect Sports, and three months Xbox Live Gold subscription. All for £249.99.
Amazon has leaked a 25th May release date for the Xbox 360 4GB Celebration Pack.
It's identical to the Xbox 360 Family Kinect Bundle that was announced back in February.
Bar for one thing: a Union Jack skin for console, Kinect and controller.
Sony's been spotted patenting a "User-Driven Three-Dimensional Interactive Gaming Environment" - technology that works like Kinect.
An updated Kinect bundle goes on sale next week, Microsoft has announced.
It'll cost exactly the same as before (RRP: £132.76), but the peripheral now comes with both Kinect Adventures and a download code for Child of Eden.
Microsoft's Major Nelson insists the bundle "will be available in limited quantities" in all Xbox Live territories other than Japan, where Eden has yet to be released.
Update: Number cruncher GfK Chart-Track has explained to Eurogamer why sales of Kinect Adventures - the game the Kinect camera is bundled with - haven't been included.
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.
Ah, the strange case of the bundled game. That spot in the hardware box at launch was once reserved for cast-iron classics that would instantly justify your purchase. Now, as gaming's technology and audience diversify, the pack-in tends to act as demo and marketing tool, adding value and pointing the way to potential rather than attempting to define hardware with software.
Still, there's a curious burden placed on these games which are nominally free, yet in a sense share the price tag – and hype – attached to whatever they fell out of a box with. No, the jolly and polished Kinect Adventures isn't worth £130 on its own. The slick presentation and structured approach of this slender mini-game compilation flatters to deceive, but it's definitely more Wii Play than Wii Sports.
If it's just a tech demo, though, it is an immediately engaging one. Unlike Kinect Sports – which cautiously picks its way around lag and the other limitations of Microsoft's sensor with its clever, minimal designs – every one of the five mini-games in Adventures features full-body motion sensing in 3D, and every one is playable simultaneously by two players. It does falter from time to time, but relies on forgiving timing and disposable game design to ensure you keep having fun.
"No more gadgets, no more gizmos."
Studio jumps the couch.
Microsoft's next big thing, Kinect, will be on show and playable at the Eurogamer Expo 2010 this weekend.
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'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.
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."
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.
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.
Check out the lag factor in Kinect Adventures.
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.
Thanks Lorenzo Lamas.
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."
We're on our way to the conference... Not long now!
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.
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.