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Microsoft announces Avatar Kinect

Host your own chat show on Xbox Live.

As rumoured earlier this week, Microsoft has shown off Avatar Kinect, a new party chat feature heading to the Xbox 360 dashboard.

A brief trailer shown during Microsoft's presentation at the CES event in Las Vegas showed how you'll be able to get your Kinect-enabled chums' avatars together in one of 15 different virtual settings and then chew the proverbial fat.

The peripheral will then do its best to map your movements – including facial expressions - onto your avatar. Not only that, but you'll be able to record your discussions and share them on Facebook, should you see fit.

Avatar Kinect will launch in the Spring and will be free to all Xbox Live Gold members.

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