Kinect News

July2011

  • 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...

June2011

May2011

  • News Kinect, PlayStation Eye and Wii All Mount Your TV

    Why change?

    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 track...

  • 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...

  • News New Kinect Wall Mount and TV Clip has a Dual Identity

    Why just have one?

    Don't know whether to choose a wall mount or a TV clip for your Kinect? Accessory manufacturer CTA Digital has the perfect solution for such a quandary: a peripheral that does both. The new Universal Wall Mount & Clip for the Kinect Camera & PlayStation Eye can be adjusted either to sit on top of the TV or attach to the...

  • News Perfect Range Game Mat Makes Judging Distance a Doddle

    Get in the zone

    Ever been frustrated by not knowing where to stand in your play area to get the most accurate detection from Kinect? Then accessory manufacturer CTA Digital has the solution to your problems! The Perfect Range Game Mat sits on your carpet and tells you exactly where you should stand, whether playing solo or with a friend, to get the...

  • News Let's Look at the Let's Dance with Mel B Track List

    Get on the floor

    Ex-Spice Girl Mel B is making quite a name for herself in the motion gaming world: following fitness title Get Fit with Mel B the formerly Scary one has teamed up with Ubisoft in the hope gamers will say Let's Dance with Mel B. Ubisoft has released the 28 songs players will be able to dance to when the game launches in Europe on...

March2011

  • News Kinect Input Lag Could Be Cut to Under 5 Milliseconds

    Limb-tracking gets faster

    When developers take the time to minimise Kinect input lag it's barely noticeable, but the sensor's response time could get even faster in future, according to a newly published Microsoft research paper. Essentially, the current method works out which of your limbs is which and then tracks them, frame-to-frame, says...

  • News Kinect Erotics is a Sexy, Sensual, Sensory Overload (NSFW)

    Translation: Bit steamy

    Carnivals, pets, minigames: these are all fine uses for Kinect's limb-tracking ability, but when the kids have gone to bed you might want to play a slightly different kind of party game. Ubisoft recently caused a bit of a fuss with We Dare on PlayStation Move and Nintendo Wii, but it's nothing compared to the saucy happenings...

  • News Join the Party with a Free Zumba Fitness Demo on Xbox Live

    Or don't

    Funky rhythm fitness game Zumba Fitness: Join the Party may not be the best exercise game on Kinect — in fact, it's one of the worst — but if you wanted to bring a little Latin flavour to your home workout you can now do so for absolutely nothing, thanks to a demo. Exclusive to Gold Members, the Zumba Fitness demo weighs in at a 4GB...

February2011

January2011

  • Rumour A New Lips Game is On the Way to Kinect

    Another domain mystery

    Earlier we reported EA may be bringing The Sims and SSX to Kinect, a rumour started by the registration of Kinect-related domains for both franchises. That's not the only Kinect web address registered this week though, as Microsoft also bought up KinectLips.com. Lips is Microsoft's karaoke title – its answer to SingStar, if...

  • Rumour EA Bringing The Sims and SSX to Kinect

    Play the domain game

    There may not be many official Kinect game announcements these days, but that doesn't mean there aren't Kinect games in the works, and EA may have a couple of big ones up its giant corporate sleeves. Microsoft recently registered several domains that point to Kinect-enabled versions of popular franchises The Sims and SSX:...

  • News EA Sports Looking to Bring Golf to Kinect in Future

    But not this year

    The bad news is that EA ran out of time to bring Tiger Woods to Kinect this year, but it's not game over for the idea of a hands-free golf game. Lead designer on Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters Mike DeVault spoke to Eurogamer about the sensor's potential, and although the didn't give any specifics it looks like future outings...

  • News Game with Olympic Fame in UK Kinect Sports Showdown

    Competition commences soon

    Feeling confident about your Kinect Sports prowess? Want to put it to the test? Microsoft UK is offering you the chance to do just that by taking on Olympic gold medal-winning sprinters Linford Christie and Mark Lewis-Francis. Winners of the competition will go head-to-head with the sprinters on Kinect's flagship sports...

  • Features A Guide to Kinect Fitness Games

    Let's get sweaty

    If you're looking to lose a few pounds as part of your New Year's Resolution, grabbing a fitness game for Kinect is a good way to go, but with so many out there how can you pick the one that's best for you? Here a brief rundown of all the fitness games currently available for Kinect, all of which we've exhaustively playtested and...

December2010

  • News Here's a List of Useful Kinect Voice Commands

    Xbox, inform!

    If your Kinect, like a naughty puppy, is failing to obey your simple commands then perhaps this helpful list of voice activation phrases for Kinect will help out. Most of these phrases are just for use in the Kinect Hub, though some are for use with Sky Player, for example. Remember that this is a partial list of phrases, so if you...

  • News Become Tom Hanks in Big with Kinect's Giant Piano Hack

    Heart and soul

    Kinect can be used to create art but what about music? Yep, that too, with this Kinect piano hack letting players tickle the ivories with no keyboard required. As well as being able to project a piano onto a desk it can also be used to create enormous keyboards on the floor, not unlike the classic scene from Big. This is another...

November2010

October2010

  • Rumour Kinect Adventures Disc Loaded with Demos

    Try out new titles with pack-in game

    Everybody who buys Kinect will get Kinect Adventures, but there might be a hidden surprise in the game as well, with current rumours pointing to the disc containing three playable demos. Short bursts of Dance Central, Kinect Joy Ride and Your Shape: Fitness Evolved are all apparently featured on the DVD,...

  • News Get Extra Kinect Adventures Content with this Live Token

    More levels available for download

    It's the perennial Christmas quandary: what do you get for the person who has everything? That's the problem facing Microsoft and Kinect Adventures – if the game is included with every Kinect sold, what do you give to gamers who like it? The answer is the Kinect Adventures Live Token, of course. Essentially a...