June 14, 2010

Microsoft Unveils Motion Controller For Xbox

Microsoft unveiled its anticipated motion-sensing controllers for Xbox 360 video game consoles to an invitation-only audience in a Los Angeles theater on Sunday.

The "Kinect" technology uses a 3-D camera and gesture recognition software that allows people to play videogames using natural body movements instead of hand-held controllers.

No price details were disclosed at the event, but Microsoft did provide glimpses of how Kinect allows players to control on-screen characters with natural gestures.

Cirque Du Soleil entertainment company members composed an elaborate show for the world debut of the new device.

Actors jumped, ran, contorted, swung and spun as they demonstrated Kinect games that included track, yoga, river rafting, driving, and even fighting as a Star Wars Jedi knight with a virtual light saber.

The Kinect debut is the beginning of what analysts believe will be a new battle in an ongoing war between game console makers.

More information about Kinect and game software made for the device will be revealed at a Monday press conference on the eve of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) opening.

This year E3 will be an arena where Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo will duel it out with motion-sensing controls for their consoles.

Sony unveiled its eagerly awaited motion-sensing Move controller that it hopes will fuel interest in its PlayStation 3 console.

The Move wand is expected to hit the market in time for the year-end holiday shopping season.

Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo are expected to reveal rich line-ups of videogames they hope will win players to their consoles and motion control systems.


Image 1: Showing off the capabilities of the hands-free Kinect for Xbox 360 device and experience at spectacular live event at Galen Center Los Angeles, June 13, 2010.

Image 2: The new Kinect controller for the Xbox 360 creates a new way to play games and interact with a computer.


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