Kinect - Timeline

Tuesday10th May 2011

  • 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...

Monday9th May 2011

  • 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...

Friday6th May 2011

  • 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...

Thursday5th May 2011

  • 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...

Wednesday4th May 2011

Tuesday29th Mar 2011

  • 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...

Monday28th Mar 2011

  • 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...

Monday21st Mar 2011

  • 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...

Wednesday23rd Feb 2011

Thursday10th Feb 2011

Monday31st Jan 2011

  • 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:...

Tuesday25th Jan 2011

  • 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...

Thursday13th Jan 2011

  • 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...

Monday3rd Jan 2011

  • 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...

Saturday18th Dec 2010

  • 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...

Monday6th Dec 2010

  • 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...

Wednesday24th Nov 2010

Tuesday16th Nov 2010

  • News Harry Potter Casts Magic Spell on Kinect This Week

    Today in the US, Friday for Europe

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is an unexpected milestone for Kinect: it's the first title to be labelled as "Better with Kinect", rather than the usual "Kinect Sensor Required" tag on the box. Whilst the main game is playable with a regular controller, the Kinect-specific content...

Sunday31st Oct 2010

  • 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,...

Saturday23rd Oct 2010

  • 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...