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Microsoft renames Natal as Kinect

Microsoft renames Natal as Kinect

Microsoft has renamed Project Natal as Kinect, with rumours suggesting a $189 USD launch price.

Microsoft has announced the official name for the Project Natal controller, officially dropping the Natal codename. The new, official name for Natal is...Kinect.

The name was leaked a few hours ahead of schedule by advertisers, with Microsoft failing to keep a lid on the announcement ahead of an E3 unveiling ceremony that involved Cirque Du Soleil.

A number of launch titles were presented at the performance though, with Microsoft obviously following in Nintendo's footsteps with the likes of Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures, both of which are a collection of minigames.

Other titles that Microsoft showed off included Kinectimals, a racing game called Joyride and a dancing game called MTV's Dance Central, as well as unnamed Disney titles. Overall most of the games seemed very family focussed, with the only game likely to resonate with hardcore gamers being a new Star Wars game which allows controller-less lightsaber battles.

Slightly more interesting than the launch titles are the rumours of Kinect's launch price, with sources suggesting that there'll be two SKUs available to start with, the most expensive of which will cost $189 USD.

Microsoft hasn't yet given any indication of official prices or release dates for Kinect.

Late last week research gathered by OTX GamePlan suggested that only a minority of the market was interested in buying either Microsoft's Kinect or Sony's Move controller - with less than 10 percent even aware of what either were.

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mi1ez 14th June 2010, 11:08 Quote
Yuck.
proxess 14th June 2010, 11:14 Quote
How does the Kinect Joyride game work? Do you sit on your couch turning an imaginary racing wheel and shifting an imaginary gear, stepping on imaginary pedals?
eddtox 14th June 2010, 11:16 Quote
Am I the only one thinking $189 would be a bit high? Especially when you consider that TESCO is doing Wii + Sport Resort + 2 games for £ 159.
Pete J 14th June 2010, 12:33 Quote
Oh wow. With a name like 'Natal' I wasn't going to buy it. However, with a dynamic name such as 'Kinect' I've had a complete change of opinion and will now be buying two to replace my PC. Thank you marketing bods, once again you have changed my life.
gavomatic57 14th June 2010, 12:50 Quote
They want $189 for a rebranded Playstation Eye?

They're really missing having Bill Gates at the top aren't they!
Plugs 14th June 2010, 12:53 Quote
$199 is the entry price of the Xbox360 console, so this does seem expensive.
Maybe this is a bundle with the new "slim", with added November price drop?
NuTech 14th June 2010, 13:01 Quote
What the hell is up with the word 'kin' and its variants?

Amazon Kindle
Microsoft Kin
Xbox Kinect


I suspect an illuminati is involved tbh.
AshT 14th June 2010, 13:19 Quote
I preferred Natal tbh
binary101 14th June 2010, 13:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
How does the Kinect Joyride game work? Do you sit on your couch turning an imaginary racing wheel and shifting an imaginary gear, stepping on imaginary pedals?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMQaj1EIx58
Don't forget about your family which apparently has nothing more better to do than watch you race and change your tires.
SteveU 14th June 2010, 13:22 Quote
The only thing I like the sound of is the lightsaber battles but I suppose even that will only stay interesting for 5 mins.

It's gonna end up like the Wii, people will buy it and play for a couple of weeks then it'll just sit under the TV gathering dust.
general22 14th June 2010, 14:15 Quote
The neogaf thread on this is gold, also at $190 I think a lot of people will be picking up whole Wii systems or PS Move instead.
AshT 14th June 2010, 14:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by binary101
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMQaj1EIx58
Don't forget about your family which apparently has nothing more better to do than watch you race and change your tires.

I'm going to beed a bigger house ...
mastorofpuppetz 14th June 2010, 15:21 Quote
This is going to fail majorly.
liratheal 14th June 2010, 15:57 Quote
I hope it catches fire.
zimbloggy 14th June 2010, 16:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by gavomatic57
They want $189 for a rebranded Playstation Eye?

It really is a lot more than the Playstation Eye. Have you even looked into what it really does?
javaman 14th June 2010, 16:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by gavomatic57
They want $189 for a rebranded Playstation Eye?

They're really missing having Bill Gates at the top aren't they!

Its clear you don't know anything about the Natal. The Playstation eye is just a camera where as Natal tries to mimik the human eye using different sensors for movement and depth etc. This give natal far more potential rather than the PS3 or wii method of motion control since the sensor maps key points hopefully allowing for far more accurate movement based on the full body.
mastorofpuppetz 14th June 2010, 16:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by javaman
Its clear you don't know anything about the Natal. The Playstation eye is just a camera where as Natal tries to mimik the human eye using different sensors for movement and depth etc. This give natal far more potential rather than the PS3 or wii method of motion control since the sensor maps key points hopefully allowing for far more accurate movement based on the full body.

Its clear you fall for MS hype, NATAl has been Struggling to accuraltey depict movements for games, REMEDY has been on record as saying it is wasted on games. IGN also had an article at the GDC where devs were saying at this point it is a mess. natal without an input device simply won't work, and no one is buying it at that price. The MOVE is very accurate, more so then natal. Natal is neat tech, no doubt, but for gaming not so much. Sony also has a large backing and third party support, MS's game support is lacking. Games at the end of the day is what will sell these things.

natal has failure written all over it.
eddtox 14th June 2010, 16:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by mastorofmuppetz

natal has failure written all over it.

As opposed to couloured-bulb-on-a-stick, which is so obviously the future of technology. We should all kick ourselves for not realising it sooner. :|
mastorofpuppetz 14th June 2010, 17:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by eddtox
As opposed to couloured-bulb-on-a-stick, which is so obviously the future of technology. We should all kick ourselves for not realising it sooner. :|

You realise tech like MOVe has already been proven to work and be successful, NATAL is something different and not condusive to games, you will see in time. There is a reason at GDC devs said it is a mess.
mrbens 14th June 2010, 17:08 Quote
I've never even heard of Natal. A brief description of what it does could have been included in the article for those that don't play Xbox.
delriogw 14th June 2010, 17:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by mrbens
I've never even heard of Natal. A brief description of what it does could have been included in the article for those that don't play Xbox.

those that play xbox know no more about it - it doesn't exist yet.

this site has been talking about project natal for a long time, i suggest you google it for futher info or look in the archives here
Plugs 14th June 2010, 17:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by mrbens
I've never even heard of Natal. A brief description of what it does could have been included in the article for those that don't play Xbox.

or google/wiki it, and read a brief overview
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Natal
enciem 14th June 2010, 19:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by eddtox
Quote:
Originally Posted by mastorofmuppetz

natal has failure written all over it.

As opposed to couloured-bulb-on-a-stick, which is so obviously the future of technology. We should all kick ourselves for not realising it sooner. :|

Sony and Microsoft concentrated on the future of technology while Nintendo released the Wii. Just because it's more advanced (if it is) doesn't mean it's going to be successful or that's it's the best choice for a motion controller.

Enough of that though, total snorefest imo, and that price!!!
alpaca 14th June 2010, 20:37 Quote
if it does everything it shows in the video, i'm impressed. (no more searching for the remote!)
Stewb 14th June 2010, 21:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by alpaca
if it does everything it shows in the video, i'm impressed. (no more searching for the remote!)

Except for when you want to play a real game :p
Plugs 14th June 2010, 21:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stewb
Except for when you want to play a real game :p

i dont see how walking to your PC involves looking for a remote
rollo 14th June 2010, 22:04 Quote
So will $190 transfer to £190 if it does ms can screw themselfs
Stewb 14th June 2010, 23:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Plugs
i dont see how walking to your PC involves looking for a remote

Touche. Nicely done.

A-slighlty-more-real-game-that-is-nowhere-near-a-pc-game then :p
ssj12 15th June 2010, 05:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by zimbloggy
Quote:
Originally Posted by gavomatic57
They want $189 for a rebranded Playstation Eye?

It really is a lot more than the Playstation Eye. Have you even looked into what it really does?

it does what two PSEyes coded to work together could. The amazing difference is since Kinect can sense depth of field mainly due to it having multiple cameras in it.
rollo 15th June 2010, 09:58 Quote
Natal lacks game support at the minute move is no better

and the prices mensioned just buy a wii and be done with it
Elledan 15th June 2010, 11:41 Quote
Natha... er, Kinect is still a large unknown at this point. We don't know whether they have solved the latency/lag issues between input and response, we don't know what kind of clothes it does and doesn't like, we don't know whether you need to turn up the brightness of lights in the room or whether a lower light level is okay, we don't know what happens when someone jumps or walks in front of you while you're playing.

The Wiimote is proven. The Move, being a complete rip-off, uses proven technology. Kinect has every potential to fall flat onto its face once it's released in the big wide world as it tries to do something which is still very experimental even outside gaming and make it work for Joe Average.
eddtox 15th June 2010, 11:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by enciem
Sony and Microsoft concentrated on the future of technology while Nintendo released the Wii. Just because it's more advanced (if it is) doesn't mean it's going to be successful or that's it's the best choice for a motion controller.

Enough of that though, total snorefest imo, and that price!!!

It looks like its going to cost nearly as much as a brand-new x360 slim.
NuTech 15th June 2010, 12:14 Quote
It's really funny how predictable Bit-tech users are when any type of technology is created that isn't specifically designed to cater to the hardcore gaming community. Spoilt much?

Video gaming isn't our little niche interest any more, it's a huge business.

Saying that, none of the games really interested me (apart from the dance one, it looked like a good laugh) but then I doubt games like River Rafting are really intended for 25 year old males. The non-game stuff was quite cool though, like the dashboard interaction and fitness thing (too lazy to ever use it though).

Now, lets wait for Sony's conference to reveal the price of Move, then Microsoft will probably announce the price of Kinect.
Unknownsock 15th June 2010, 16:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by eddtox
Am I the only one thinking $189 would be a bit high? Especially when you consider that TESCO is doing Wii + Sport Resort + 2 games for £ 159.

Micro$oft.
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