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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.

Chatting to Eurogamer at last night's launch bash, chief Kinect cheerleader Kudo Tsunoda revealed that the motion-sensing add-on would develop over time and cited the company's online service as a model.

"We look at it a lot like we do with Xbox Live in general," he said. "Xbox Live is a much different service today that when it first launched through continually updating it with new features and new experiences for people.

"And I think that's true of Kinect as well. Not just on what parts of the dash you can use with Kinect, but always looking as a company to bring more innovative features, new things, new types of experiences."

Currently, voice and gesture navigation is only possible in the dedicated Kinect area of the dashboard as well as supporting apps. But Kudo insisted an investment today would reap further benefits down the line.

"We're very excited about what we have for launch, but again we're just scratching the service," he added. "You're going to be able to get new features, new types of things we're going to develop all with the hardware that you buy today."

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