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Kinect Adventures

Bundle of fun?

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Union Jack Xbox 360 Kinect Celebration Pack announced

Union Jack Xbox 360 Kinect Celebration Pack announced

Plus, the Great British Mouse. Pictures inside.

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.

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New Kinect bundle announced

New Kinect bundle announced

Child of Eden, Kinect Adventures included.

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.

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UK chart: COD batters competition

UPDATE: Why Kinect Adventures is absent.

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.

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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Kinect Adventures

Kinect Adventures

Bundle of fun?

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.

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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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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.

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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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 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.

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."

Microsoft E3 Conference

Full news breakdown inside. New Xbox 360! Forza Kinect! Reach! Kinect date! Fable III date! Loads more.

We're on our way to the conference... Not long now!

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.

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.