Kinect - News
News Did You Know: One Of The Last Ever Kinect Games Is On Xbox Game Pass
"We wish you luck if you try it"
It went very much under the radar last December, but Xbox added a brand-new game to Game Pass with actual Kinect 2.0 support! The catch is that you can only use the Kinect with the game if playing on PC though. It's called Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator, and as far as we can tell, it's currently the last ever...
Random The Xbox Kinect Is Still Being Used At A UK Furniture Store
It's having a second lease of life!
Hey, so, remember Kinect? Everyone's favourite Xbox companion? Well, its uses are no longer tied to Xbox, as Microsoft continues to use the tech in weird and interesting ways. Kinect's latest use, apparently, is to tailor bedroom furniture to your needs by scanning your body in furniture stores. At least, if this
News Phil Spencer Explains Why The Kinect Was An Important Step For Xbox
Its legacy (kind of) lives on today
Some Xbox fans might look back on the days of the Kinect in a negative light, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer has highlighted that the device was an important point in the evolution of the brand, and its legacy (kind of) lives on today. In an interview with Edge Magazine, Spencer conceded that forcing everyone to play...
News Sky TV Has Partnered With Microsoft To Resurrect The Xbox Kinect
The Kinect is getting a form of reincarnation with the new Sky Glass Camera, a device that detects motion controls to work on the new series of Sky TVs in the UK. Does all of this sound familiar? That's because it looks and sounds eerily close to the Xbox Kinect. In fact, Sky is even partnering with Microsoft to bring some social...
Random The Xbox Kinect Is Being Used To Help Run A Grocery Warehouse
It's far from useless, even in 2021
As the years have gone on, the Xbox Kinect has sadly become something of a paperweight for many console owners, especially since the Series X and S don't support it. Visit your local second-hand shop and you can often find them piled up looking sad in the corner. Yet, despite never truly catching on, there's no...
News Thought The Kinect Was Dead? It's Getting Another Game In 2021
But it's for PC, not console
When Microsoft announced last year that the Xbox Series X (and Xbox Series S) wouldn't have a port for the motion-tracking Kinect controller, it was assumed the device was pretty much finished in terms of getting new games. While that might very likely be the case for console, developer Strange Scaffold has bizarrely...
Random What Happens If You Try To Play Kinect Games On Xbox Series X|S?
You won't get very far
Microsoft confirmed back in late October that all Xbox One games would be backwards compatible with the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S at launch, aside from games that required the Kinect peripheral. We've had some questions about this though, such as whether you can use the official Xbox One Kinect Adapter to play these...
News Microsoft Releases Adapter to Make Your Xbox One Kinect Sensor Work with Windows
Only $50 to you
Microsoft has released a new adapter which will allow you to take the Kinect sensor that came with your Xbox One, and connect it to your PC and tablets that are running Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. A few months ago, they released Kinect v2 for Windows at four times the price of the $50 adapter, and the functionality is reportedly...
Review Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved (Xbox One)
Not taking the Mickey
Enough words have been written about the history of Microsoft’s second attempt at motion controlled gaming and how it was a mandatory purchase for all bleeding-edge Xbox One owners. We all know how a lot of people – probably the majority, in fact – don’t see even the second iteration of Kinect as being a viable input...
News Kinect-free Xbox One Flies Off Shelves
"It's a huge win" says GameStop
Last month we reported that Microsoft would be releasing a new Kinect-less Xbox One SKU and that the unit would go on sale on June 9th, the day before E3, at a cheaper price point. Now, the Kinect-less Xbox One is on the shelves and according to Bob Puzon, GameStop senior vice president of merchandising, they are...
Review Kinect Sports Rivals (Xbox One)
Do or die.
To say that Kinect Sports Rivals is a high-profile title for Xbox One would be something of an understatement. Being the only game (barring the violently bad Fighter Within, which barely passes as a game) available that’s been designed for the much-maligned Kinect device that’s included with every console, people were looking to...
Review Fighter Within (Xbox One)
In a world where Kinect for Xbox One is seen as nothing but a gimmick designed to ensure that you pay more for a console than you otherwise would, it was imperative that the first Kinect-only experience was compelling. A Wii Sports for the Xbox One, if you will. So who better to leave in charge of such a thing than Ubisoft, the...
Believe in it.
At a small building in London’s Waterloo area on a bright and sunny Wednesday, Microsoft decided to give the UK press their first taste of the Xbox One. Spread across three floors, the event showcased Kinect, Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Ryse: Son of Rome, Killer Instinct,
Happy New Year!
Some Kinect owners – OK, a lot of Kinect owners – are probably feeling a little bit as if Kinect is done and dusted. A quiet release schedule in 2012, where most of the blockbuster titles that featured Kinect support were limited to voice commands or tacked-on mini-games that didn't work, combined with a somewhat thin release...
News Kinect Christmas Day Deals from Xbox Live
Three titles discounted.
Major Nelson has confirmed that Microsoft's Countdown to 2013 Deals for Christmas Day are somewhat Kinect-heavy. Today, Mini Ninjas Adventures and the awesome Fruit Ninja Kinect have 50% slashed from the price, and are 400 MSP each. Konami's Leedmees has a whopping 75% off (200 MSP) as well. If you already own Fruit Ninja...
News Kinect Party to be Free Until 2013
Double Fine by us!
Major Nelson has just dropped some knowledge on us that confirms that Double Fine's next Kinect title - Kinect Party will launch on December 18th on Xbox Live Arcade. Not only that, friends, but it'll be FREE up until December 31st. That's right! You'll be able to get your hands on the new game - which features eighteen...
News Next Xbox Codename Uncovered
The Kryptos Factor
While everyone winds down for Christmas, some hard-working software engineers will surely be burning the midnight oil over the festive season, thanks to rumours coming from SemiAccurate.com this morning. They're stating that the next-generation Xbox's test system chip - codenamed "Oban" - is all but complete and ready to be...
Competition Win a Limited Edition Fable: The Journey Console!
KINECTaku and Microsoft have teamed up to provide a boomer of a competition for you this holiday season. We're giving away an electric blue custom Fable: The Journey Xbox 360 console, complete with Kinect, Kinect Adventures!, a copy of Fable: The Journey, and a copy of Christie Golden's new novel - Fable: Edge of the World. Not only...
News Gangnam Style Invades Just Dance, Dance Central
Ride the Horse
The absolute phenomenon that is PSY's "Gangnam Style" has landed as DLC for Just Dance 4, and is coming to Dance Central 3 by the end of the month. In case you didn't know, the track has racked up the best part of 800 million YouTube views and currently holds the Guinness World Record for "Most YouTube Likes" - having amassed some...
News Kung Fu Superstar Leaps to Kickstarter
Fifth of a million.
The web's most popular crowdfunding site - Kickstarter - opened its doors to UK-based projects this morning, and one of the first on deck was former Lionhead staffer Kostas Zarifis. He and his new team - collectively known as Kinesthetic Games - announced back in May that they were working on a martial arts title for current...
News SmartGlass Comes To Forza Horizon
Microsoft and Turn 10 have released the official SmartGlass app for Forza Horizon today. Dubbed the "Forza Horizon SmartGlass Experience", the app comes as a free download for Windows 8 PCs and provides gamers with a tablet-based interactive map of the game's take on Colorado. Players can view the entire map and zoom in using pinch...
News Free Kinect Game from Intel Goes Live
Featuring Chris Evans, Chanel Iman, and LMFAO.
Finally, a nice bit of good news for Kinect fans this morning. Intel have released their free Kinect game on Xbox Live Arcade overnight. The game - named Intel Discovered - stars Chris Evans (Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Captain America: The First Avenger), Victoria's Secret model Chanel Iman, and...
News Nike+ Kinect Training Demo Goes Live
Get your sweat on.
Major Nelson has confirmed that a demo of Microsoft's Nike+ Kinect Training is now available from Xbox Live. Those without Xbox Live Gold will be able to pick it up from the 18th. The new fitness product is designed for "the elite or the everyday athlete" and promises to deliver personalized workout programs that match themselves...
News New Dance Central 3 Tracks Confirmed
Pre-order bonuses detailed, too.
Harmonix has today announced ten new tracks for the upcoming Dance Central 3. The new tracks are an eclectic mix, firing all the way back to the height of late 80's chic with New Kids On The Block's "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" and running all the way through to a bit of Nicki Minaj and...gulp...Justin Bieber...
News Harry Potter for Kinect Demo Goes Live
The demo of Warner. Bros new Hogwarts-'em-up Harry Potter for Kinect is now available for download from Xbox Live. The game, which is based on all eight of the Harry Potter movies, allows players to scan their face into the game so that they can create a unique witch or wizard to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy. A...
News Zumba Fitness Core Confirmed for November UK Launch
New trailer released.
Good news for Zumba fans today, as 505 Games has confirmed that - as expected - they've picked up the European publishing rights for Majesco's Zumba Fitness Core. Core will the third Kinect-based Zumba title to hit the shelves, following the lacklustre Zumba Fitness: Join The Party! and Zumba Fitness Rush. Despite not being...
News Forza Horizon VIP Membership Package Detailed
Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, Pagani - Oh My!
Turn 10 Studios has confirmed details of Forza Horizon's VIP Membership programme. The VIP package is included with the Limited Collector's Edition of the game, which has an RRP of £59.99 in the UK, as opposed to the standard edition's £49.99 price tag. We would assume that the VIP Membership will be able...
News New Hip Hop Dance Experience Trailer Busts a Move
Hippity Hop to the Barber's Shop.
Ubisoft's upcoming street dance title The Hip Hop Dance Experience has been dated and detailed. The game is set to release in the UK on 15th November, with lucky US-based gamers getting their hands and feet into the action two days earlier, on the 13th. The Hip Hop Dance Experience is currently in development with...
Gamescom Just Dance 4 Full Tracklist Revealed
Elvis, Maroon 5, and a bit of Rickrolling.
Gamescom is in full flow in Cologne, Germany, and Ubisoft have confirmed the final tracklisting for Just Dance 4. The final set contains 44 tracks, including the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen (really?!), Rihanna, Flo Rida, and Skrillex. Still, you'll be concentrating on your moves, so you'll be able to block...
Gamescom FIFA 13 Demo Dated, New Mode Detailed
EA attempts to blur the lines.
At EA's Gamescom press conference today, FIFA 13 information was up for grabs. Executive Producer David Rutter outlined a whole new mode in the form of "Match Day", which draws on real life data in order to attempt to replicate some of the experiences that will occur throughout the course of the real football season...
News Power Rangers Super Samurai Headed to Kinect
Morphin' it up.
Namco Bandai have today confirmed that they'll be releasing Power Rangers Super Samurai for Kinect towards the end of 2012. The game was long suspected to be in development after being leaked over a year ago by several retailers, but this is the first the Japanese giant has said on the matter. Details are few and far between at the...
News NBA 2k13 Kinect Support Confirmed
Crash the boards.
2k Sports have confirmed - via a reveal of the game's final cover art - that NBA 2k13 will indeed be "better with Kinect." There's been no confirmation on what to expect in terms of support, but we're relatively sure that on-the-fly play calling and substitutions will be the order of the day via voice commands. The game is...
News Zumba Fitness Core Tracks Revealed
New trailer drops, too.
Majesco have today confirmed the 23 licenced songs that will appear in their third Zumba Fitness title, Zumba Fitness Core. The company claims that the game will feature the most diverse range of dance styles seen in a Zumba title yet, with 33 different styles being represented. Liz Buckley, General Manager of the Zumba...
News Need For Speed: Most Wanted Headed to Kinect
Criterion racer gets Kinect support.
Those beady-eyed folks over at VG247 have spotted something rather special. It appears that Criterion's 2012 reboot of the game is more than likely coming to your Xbox 360 complete with Kinect support in October (or November if you're in Europe.) The official packshots for the game released at E3 don't contain...
News FIFA 13 Voice Commands Detailed
Come on, Ref!
We found out about FIFA 13 getting Kinect voice support back at E3, but details were a little bit sparse. EA have today confirmed a few more pieces of information about the new functionality, with voice commands promising to provide a surprising new layer of depth to the game. As well as being able to call for substitutions and change...
Feature Kinect PlayFit - First Impressions
Free. Worth every penny.
So, Kinect PlayFit has been out for about a week, and it seems that folks are racking up the burnt calories like there's no tomorrow. The free app (available from your Xbox dashboard) tracks your play across 10 different Kinect titles, tracking how many calories you burn and awarding achievements and avatar awards based on...
News This is How You Scan a QR Code in Dragon Ball Z Kinect
Quite simple really
Dragon Ball Z for Kinect lands in October with an interesting QR feature to add new characters and content to the game. Hold up a special card to the sensor and you'll unlock in-game content. Presumably you'll get some of these cards for free with the game but the rest, we expect, will set you back a few dollars. Will you take a...
Guide The List of Skyrim Kinect Voice Commands is Here
English and Dragon supported
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim gets Kinect voice command support today, and we have a list of supported commands. Use a dragon shout in English without holding RB, or push down the bumper and say one, two or three words of the dragon language equivalent and magic happens. You can also use Kinect to navigate menus and...
News Ice Age Tie-In Coming to Kinect This Year
Activision's just announced it's bringing Ice Age: Continental Draft — Arctic Games to Kinect in 2012. Guess what? It's a minigame compilation. Nobody could have guessed that. If you're saying you guessed that, you're lying. The story says something about the team splitting a secret treasure through a series of "off-the-wall...
First Impressions Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor
Pack it up, folks: with Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, we have reached the apex of video games as an entertainment medium. We now have the technology and, apparently, the desire to fist-bump our computer cohorts, and there's no going back. "Bro-op" aside, From Software's Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor's mammoth task is...
News Disney Wants You to Be Brave on Kinect
Red hair optional
Not content with inspiring Kinect Rush: A Disney•Pixar Adventure with its past works, Disney•Pixar's next movie Brave will get its own Kinect-powered game too. Coming this summer, the third-person adventure game isn't Kinect exclusive: sounds to us like the sensor will only be used in an archery spin-off mode, but we've been...
News Fit Music is Kinect's Most Self-Explanatory Game
Can you tell what it is yet?
Fitness, dancing, Kinect: the holy trinity for game publishers. The next company to try its luck is Oxygene Media with the ingeniously titled Fit Music. Fronted by European fitness champion Patrizia Salviato — described as "one of the best body building superstars ever" by Oxygene — the game is coming to...
News BBFC Pegs Dragon Ball Z Kinect for June Launch
After Korea rated Dragon Ball Z for Kinect last week, now the British Board of Film Classification is on on the act, slapping a 12 rating — and release date — on the game. According to the BBFC, the game's release UK date is 15th June 2012, not too shabby considering Namco Bandai is yet to announce the game officially. We imagine...
News Country Dance All Stars Song List Confirmed
Want to know which of your favourite country music stars will feature in the upcoming Country Dance All Stars, due out later next month? Well boy howdy, have we got a treat for you. Featuring no fewer than three artists called Josh — Kelley, Thompson and Turner, of course — as well as classic acts Johnny Cash, Carrie Underwood and, er,...
Blog Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 Kinect
Straight from the horse's mouth
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13's Kinect features were detailed in a video yesterday, and now we have a developer blog from EA Sports explaining more about Kinect integration in Tiger Woods this year. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 Kinect Features: Hi, my name is Eric Busch, and I’m one of the designers on Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13...
News Zumba Fitness Rush North American Release Date Announced
Out in February
Zumba Fitness Rush is coming to Kinect in North America just in time for Valentine's Day. Majesco's second Zumba game lands on 13th February. The game will receive extra content after launch in the shape of add-on songs and workouts. MAJESCO ENTERTAINMENT BRINGS THE DANCE-FITNESS PARTY HOME ON FEBRUARY 13TH WITH ZUMBA® FITNESS...
News SEGA's 2012 Olympics Game Gains Kinect Support
Back on track
SEGA' has today announced London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games will include Kinect features. By the sounds of it you won't be able to take on all 30 events with Kinect: the press release only mentions 110m hurdles and beach volleyball, already seen in the likes of Kinect Sports of course. Here's the first trailer,...
News Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure Scans You In
Get into the game
Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure uses one of Kinect's most-vaunted original features: the ability to scan yourself in to create a virtual avatar. Of course we've seen this feature used in Kinect Fun Labs so it's not a first, but if it works as well as this trailer below promises — a wish that rarely comes true, admittedly...
News Kinect Fitness Games Go Cheap for New Year
Save some pounds (or dollars)
If part of your New Year's Resolution is to get fit and you want to use Kinect to do it, we've rustled up some superb deals to help you do so cheaply. Don't forget we also have a Guide to Kinect fitness games and Kinect fitness game reviews too. UK Kinect Deals: January sales are a big deal in the UK — imagine...
Guide Starting Out with Kinect
Get the most from your sensor right away
So you've unwrapped all your presents and found a shiny new Kinect and games. Congratulations, and welcome aboard! Unlike every other motion controller on the market, you don't need anything in your hands to play Kinect — with no controllers and no buttons you're free to use your body and voice to play the...
News Even Kinect Star Wars Succumbs to Kinect Dance Mania
Is nothing sacred?
Kinect does some things very well — dancing, for instance. That's why there are 13 Kinect dancing games out now, but the genre's seeping into other games: games we thought were safe from move-busting. Games like Kinect Star Wars. The ESRB has rated the game and revealed it now includes dancing tournaments alongside the...
Competition Put Your Darts Skills On the Line with Kinect Contest
Can you hit the bullseye?
Microsoft is giving UK gamers the chance to put their darts skills on the line with a new Kinect Sports: Season Two competition. To enter, download the free Kinect Sports darts Gamerpic before Sunday 18th December and play a single-player darts match on Live between 1pm and 5pm on 7th or 8th January. Three players will be...
News Kinect Sports: Season Two Golf DLC Out Next Week
You can treat your caddy to some new sights next week, as Kinect Sports: Season Two is due to get nine new holes from the Xbox Live Marketplace. The Maple Lakes golf pack launches on 20th December for 400 Microsoft Points, adding nine new holes alongside new Challenges and Achievements. On the same day the game will also get a free...
News Kinect-Powered Dance Evolution Arcade Game On the Way
Kinect leaves the living room
Next year Kinect will throw off its living room shackles and join the arcade scene, as Konami has announced it's working on an arcade version of Dance Evolution (or DanceMasters) for release in 2012. The game is currently on test at certain locations in Japan, with the sensor tucked away inside the arcade cabinet...
Rumour Kinect 2 Capable of Reading Lips and Emotions
Project Skynet commences
After last week's next Xbox rumours comes another set from Eurogamer, this time focusing on the upgraded Kinect said to come with every machine. Anonymous sources have apparently told Eurogamer Kinect 2 is capable of lip reading, and can detect emotion in the user's voice. Eurogamer also claims the next Kinect can...
Rumour Next Xbox Split in Two Models for Kinect and Core
Which would you choose?
Xbox 360 has been around for six years now, and although regular Dashboard updates and the introduction of Kinect have kept things fresh, eyes are starting to turn towards the next machine in the Xbox line. The latest rumours, from technical wizards Digital Foundry (via Eurogamer), claim that the new machine will come in two...
Feature Kinect Holiday Gift Guide 2011
What's worth your money?
There are over 80 games available for Kinect now, and knowing exactly which one to pick up as a present can be a tough proposition. That's why we've put together our Kinect holiday game guide 2011 to let you know exactly what you should be looking for when picking a game this season. We've split this article into five...
Talking Point What's Kinect Doing Right or Wrong?
One year on, how's it going?
Kinect has had a full 12 months to bed itself in, and arguably the standard of releases this Christmas is higher than what the sensor launched with last year, but the sensor still hasn't established itself as a home for quality games. In the past few days we've seen an encouragingly healthy discussion about the matter...
News Be Soothed by Deepak Chopra's Leela's Soundtrack
It's Sumthing Else
A good soundtrack is crucial to any relaxation experience, so it's probably good news that the tunes accompanying Deepak Chopra's Leela will be released separately on 15th November. The soundtrack, put together by Sumthing Else Music Works, draws from "traditional string instruments and dubstep" and features artists...
News Free Kinect Sports Season Two DLC Out Now
Up your game
We're big fans of Kinect Sports: Season Two here at KINECTaku, especially now Rare's released some new downloadable content for free. Available on Xbox Live Marketplace today, the Kinect Sports: Season Two Challenge Pack #1 adds new modes to each sport: Crazy Kicker (American Football), Frantic Fielder (Baseball), Cool Ringings...
News The Worst Kinect Photoshop We've Ever Seen
You won't believe your eyes
You'd think paying some actors to stand in front of a TV and Kinect and pretend they're having a great time would be among the easiest parts of releasing a game. You'd probably be right, which makes this back of box art for MotionSports Adrenaline even more brilliant. We're no Photoshop experts, but even we can tell that...
News Zumba Kinect 2 Official, Called Zumba Fitness Rush
If you've finally had your fill of Zumba Fitness: Join the Party, you'll be thrilled to know Majesco is bringing a sequel your way in February 2012. Called Zumba Fitness Rush, the game adds more songs, steps and style to its predecessor, with downloadable songs after launch extending the game's lifespan. MAJESCO ENTERTAINMENT AMPLIFIES THE...
News Ubisoft Announces Four New Kinect Quiz Games
Update: Ubisoft has informed us that Family Feud 2012 is not Kinect compatible, despite an earlier Gamestop leak pegging the game for Kinect. Original story: Ubisoft's locking down the licensed quiz show category on Kinect, with no fewer than four game shows on the way before the end of the year. First up we've got Family Feud 2012,...
Out Today Kinectimals Bear Island DLC (Worldwide)
Now with bears!
You guessed it: bears are coming to Kinectimals today in DLC form. The Bear Island add-on is available on Xbox Live Marketplace for 1,200 Microsoft Points. Weighing in at a hefty 1.54GB, the pack grants you stacks of new animals, activities and quests to take on. Explore a whole new island and mystery in the Kinectimals add-on Bear...
First Impressions Kinectimals with Windows Phone 7
Kitty in your pocket
Unlike Nintendo and Sony consoles, sadly you've never been able to take your Xbox games on the go with you, something even Dreamcast offered over 10 years ago. Now with Windows Phone 7 devices and Xbox 360 you're able to access select content wherever you are, something we recently got chance to try out with Kinectimals and...
News Tiger Woods Tees Off EA Sports' Kinect Support in 2012
The first of many
EA Sports hasn't done anything with Kinect yet, somewhat surprising considering its unrivalled stable of sports games. The publisher will break that duck next year when it releases Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 for Xbox 360. The golf game, due out in March 2012, will make use of Kinect's body-tracking and voice recognition capabilities...
Hands On Kinect Sports Season Two
We visit Rare's UK HQ to experience what could be this Christmas' biggest Kinect title
Given the incredible commercial and critical response to the original Kinect Sports, it was inevitable that a sequel of some description would occur. What was slightly less predictable was the news that the legendary British code house Rare would be co-developing...
News First Puss in Boots Screenshots Look Furry Good
You might be surprised
Licensed games rarely look good, but we have to say that the first screenshots of Puss in Boots don't look bad at all. The Kinect-exclusive title puts you in the feline footwear of the titular cat, with the official details laying out a three-stroke gameplay system: Master the style and charm of Puss in Boots in an engaging...
News Playing Cabela's on Kinect Makes You Look Like This
"We're having a great time!"
You wanted more hardcore games for Kinect, and you've got it: Cabela's Big Game Hunter: Hunting Party combines all the fun of body-tracking with the thrill of hunting animals with a plastic gun. Activision has just released the first screenshots and 'lifestyle' photos of the Top Shot Sport, the plastic gun necessary to...
News GamingZap Shows Off New Powerless Kinect Adaptor
It'll make sense
When Microsoft launched Kinect in November 2010, it faced a problem: how to get the sensor to draw power from older Xbox 360 consoles, as well as the newer S models. The simple solution was to bundle a USB to mains adaptor, but that still requires a separate plug socket. UK retailer GamingZap has just launched a way around it: the...
News You Can Breed Horses in Champion Jockey
Just think that over for a second
The road to becoming the ultimate jockey isn't all about being short and light: it's also about riding a top notch horse, bred for speed. That's one part of the process Champion Jockey is eager to represent, with an in-depth breeding mode shown off in these new screenshots. Each horse has an individual personality...
News Microsoft UK's Release Dates for Kinect's Biggest Titles
You want to know when you can expect some of this year's biggest Kinect games, right? Well then, you've come to the right place, as Microsoft UK has just sent us a press release full of calendar-marking goodness. Here's a round-up of when you'll be able to pick up the brightest lights for your sensor this year. Bear in mind these...
Reader Blog Losing 80 Pounds with Kinect and Dance Central
It can be done
In the first of a new series of reader blogs, we're sharing stories from Kinect fans just like you. We want to hear bout any success stories you might have had — a great video you made in Yoostar 2, a world record score in Kinect Sports or something awesome made possible by Kinect. You can contact KINECTaku to share your story, and...
News You Can Look This Stupid Playing Champion Jockey
Live the dream
There's no easy way to say this: if you play Champion Jockey, you're probably going to look a bit foolish, especially if this new tutorial video is anything to go by. The demonstrator in the video below is clearly aware of how silly he looks but carries it like a champ, even roping in a second player for some truly momentous...
News Grab a Matte Xbox 360 250GB with Kinect
At the moment the Xbox 360 S comes in two flavours: 250GB and 4GB, in glossy and matte finishes respectively. A new challenger is about to enter the ring though, with a matte 250GB console on the way. There's no word on when the new bundle will be available or if Microsoft has made any changes other than taking the dust-sucking gloss...
News Microsoft Announces Limited Edition R2D2 Xbox 360
Told you so
We exclusively revealed the limited edition Star Wars Xbox 360 with white Kinect two weeks ago, and now Microsoft has made the bundle official. The white R2-D2 Xbox 360 S, C-3PO-inspired control pad and white Kinect sensor will launch with Kinect Star Wars later this year, with exclusive downloadable content in the console box too...
News Go On a Fitness Adventure with Jillian Michaels
More Kinect adventures
Jillian Michaels is really working herself into a video game-related frenzy these days: she's already appeared on The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout and later this year her buns of steel will be challenging you to push yourself to your limits (we assume) in Jillian Michaels' Fitness Adventure. Rather than put you in a smelly...
First Impressions The Black Eyed Peas Experience
Rock that body
Michael Jackson: The Experience was a pretty good attempt at bringing the King of Pop to the living room, but the Black Eyed Peas are a totally different undertaking: whereas the MJ game put you in Michael's shoes in his legendary live shows and music videos, in The Black Eyed Peas Experience you don't play as Will.i.am, Fergie or the...
First Impressions Just Dance 3
Get on the floor!
Until now Harmonix has undoubtedly had the Kinect dancing market all sewn up, but that dominance will meet its sternest challenge yet in October when Ubisoft brings the astonishingly successful Just Dance brand across to Xbox 360 in the luridly coloured form of Just Dance 3. At first glance, very little has changed from its Wii...
First Impressions Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012
Ubisoft knows when it's onto a good thing: not only is the publisher bringing Just Dance 3 to Kinect, it's also gearing up to launch a sequel to the sensor's biggest selling fitness title. Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 is set for release this November with all the original game's content and some new tricks up its sleeve too. Game...
News There's a Kinect Game Out Even We Didn't Know About
Hope you like singing
We pride ourselves on knowing pretty much everything there is to know about Kinect, but we're not infallible Kinect-powered robots: sometimes we miss things. This is one of those things. While there are still no Kinect-enabled games to download on Xbox Live Arcade, there's already an Indie game available: Avatar Superstar for...
First Impressions Kinect Sports: Season Two
Another big score for Microsoft?
Last night we brought you our First Impressions of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier from Microsoft's Christmas showcase, and next on our travels was the sequel to Rare's Kinect Sports, without doubt one of Kinect's best launch games. We were quickly told that the motion tracking had been vastly improved from the first...
News Microsoft to Release Limited Edition Star Wars 360 Console with Kinect
Special R2-D2 themed model in the works to coincide with the release of Kinect Star Wars
We've just heard from one of our close sources in the retail sector that Microsoft is prepping a limited edition R2-D2 Xbox 360 console — complete with Kinect sensor — set to launch alongside the forthcoming Kinect Star Wars. According to our reports, the...
News Make Your Room Bigger with Nyko's Kinect Zoom
40% less space required
If your living room isn't quite big enough for Kinect to work properly, you might be interested in Nyko's handy new accessory, the Zoom for Kinect. The peripheral manufacturer has announced the new bit of kit will release across North America on 23rd August at $29.99. Clipping over Kinect's eyes, the accessory means you'll...
Rumour Fighters Uncaged Preparing for Round 2
Make it stop
Not had enough of the physical torture inflicted by Ubisoft's Fighters Uncaged? Ubisoft has got you covered then, according to a recent release schedule from major retailer Gamestation. The list reveals Fighters Uncaged 2 from Ubisoft, with a release date of 11th November. No further information is given. Gamestation has previously...
News Forza Motorsport 4 Limited Edition is Packed with Extra Cars
Soak it all up
Microsoft just revealed its big Forza Motorsport 4 Limited Collector's Edition, containing 25 extra cars and a stack of other additions to convince you to part with your hard-earned £59.99. Inside the special edition you'll find cars from Lamborghini, Bugatti, Ferrari and more, though it's worth pointing out that most — if not all...
Rumour Power Rangers Samurai Suiting Up for Kinect
You can already be a Japanese superhero with Kinect, and Ubisoft's PowerUp Heroes will transform your Avatar in a super being, but neither can quite quench the desire to become a Power Ranger. Perhaps Power Rangers: Samurai will do the trick. Spotted at GAME and
News Fruit Ninja Kinect Release Date and Price Confirmed
Coming to fruition in August
We love Fruit Ninja Kinect here at Kinectaku — that much should be obvious from our exhaustive Fruit Ninja Kinect preview. Thankfully, the rest of you will be lucky enough to experience this amazing title on the 10th of August, because it's being launched as part of Microsoft's Summer of Arcade 2011. The Big M has just...
First Impressions Fruit Ninja Kinect
If you happen to own a modern smartphone then you’ve probably already sampled the delights of Halfbrick’s amazing Fruit Ninja. The game has now registered over 20 million downloads across mobile formats, and rightly so — it’s one of those unique titles that takes a very basic premise (in this case, the slicing and dicing of...
News 2K Play Announces Nickelodeon Dance for Kinect
Get down with the kids
2K kids label 2K Play is mining a rich seam of Kinect games based on Nickelodeon characters — first here was Nicktoons MLB, now there's Nickelodeon Dance, coming to Xbox 360 later this year. The game will feature Dora the Explorer, Diego and the Backyardigans, whom we assume your kids or younger siblings might recognise...
News Look Out Dance Central, Just Dance 3 is Coming to Kinect
This just got interesting
Dance Central 2, your competition has arrived: Ubisoft just announced Just Dance 3. The multiformat game — it's heading to Wii and PlayStation Move too — has got an exclusive mode on Kinect, the karaoke-styled "Shout Out" mode that gives you points for singing along as you groove. Will Just Dance 3 continue to...
News Kinect, PlayStation Eye and Wii All Mount Your TV
CTA Digital's Kinect wall mount and TV clip lets you easily switch between the sensor and Sony's PlayStation Eye for PlayStation Move, but if that's just too much like hard work — or you have a Nintendo Wii too — then dreamGear's Trimount might be for you. The enormous mount lets you stack your Kinect, Eye camera and Wii sensor bar...
News Pro Boxer James DeGale Practises with Kinect Sports Boxing
Recently lost. Probably a coincidence.
As countless tired gamers can attest, Kinect Sports boxing is a tough workout, but it's so gruelling even professionals use it to keep their training interesting. Professional boxer James DeGale recently took media behind the scenes at his gym in Essex, where he revealed he loves nothing more than a bit of...
News Blacklight Team Working on Kinect "Zero Person Shooter"
So CV says
According to a pair of CVs posted on LinkedIn, Zombie Studios is in the process of creating a new title for Kinect. The team behind admittedly mediocre online shooter Blacklight: Tango Down is apparently creating a "zero person shooter" according to one programmer's CV, that uses the Unreal Engine 3 currently seen powering Gears...
Talking Point What Should Microsoft Do With Kinect At E3?
Tell us your hopes
Microsoft's E3 2011 news conference is only a few weeks away, and our thoughts are turning towards what the company will show off on Monday 6th June. Here's a list of what we believe Microsoft should do with Kinect in order to capture the imagination like it did at E3 2010. Improved Tracking: In its current form, Kinect can...
News Forget Video Kinect, Skype is Coming to Xbox 360
Welcome news indeed
Video Kinect is Microsoft's free online chat programme for Xbox 360, and while it has a few neat tricks — Kinect will follow you around the room, zooming in and out accordingly — it's about to get some tough competition, as Microsoft has confirmed Skype is coming to Xbox 360. Microsoft shelled out $8.5 billion — the press...
News Microsoft's E3 2011 News Conference Details Confirmed
What new games will we see?
It's still highly unlikely we'll see a new Xbox and Kinect at E3 this year, but at least we know where and when the revelation would be made, as Microsoft has announced its pre-show conference details. The event kicks off on Monday 6th June, with guests asked to arrive by 9am Pacific Time, or 5pm UK time. The show is...
Rumour Avatar Kinect Launching 27th May
New updates roll out soon
According to Joystiq, the next round of Xbox Dashboard updates will begin to hit consoles everywhere from 19th May, with the big addition being the launch of Avatar Kinect on 27th May. Joystiq cites images sent through from a Microsoft technical support employee that reveal the release date, as well as reconfirming the...
News Analyst: New Xbox and New Kinect May Be Unveiled in 2012
Gaze into the crystal ball
Recent rumours suggested we'd see a new Xbox console at E3 next month, but these were quickly squashed and thrown away. But next year? That's much more likely, according to M2 Research analyst Billy Pidgeon. The brilliantly named analyst believes the new machine could be shown off at next year's E3 if Xbox 360 sales begin...
News A Kinect Steering Wheel? Now We've Seen It All
Hold out your hands
Try this tricky test of hand-eye coordination: hold out your hands in front of you. Okay, now pretend you're driving a car. Finding it difficult? Then CTA Digital has the solution for you. The company that brought you the Kinect Perfect Range Game Mat has created the Xbox 360 Kinect Steering Wheel. It's like one of the countless...
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