Microsoft holds massive Kinect party in NYC

Tomorrow Microsoft will begin selling its highly anticipated new add-on for the Xbox 360: Kinect. The launch represents Microsoft's move into the casual gaming market and unlike Nintendo's Wii or Sony's Move, it requires no controller to play. As Microsoft tags, "You are the controller".

To help create awareness and show off Kinect's ability, Microsoft has hosted a massive party in NYC to show off the new system. Major Nelson has been posting up pictures from the event and it clearly shows hundreds if not thousands of people attending the party.  

Neowin previously reported of a Microsoft employee's prediction that Kinect sales will "blow away" the iPad. Kinect for the Xbox 360 is set to hit stores shelves on November 4 in North America and November 10 in Europe. The device carries a $149.99/£149.99 price tag and launch with 17 game titles.

Line waiting outside Toys R Us for midnight launch of Kinect.

 

Image Credits: djskee and majornelson

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Received mine FedEX this morning...It's pretty sweet but it could use some adjustments. I only received the game that comes with it and my daughters LOVE it. We have a Wii to compare with and hands down it's superior! I'm not sure i like the new UI that MS launched, when you view anything white IT GLOWS THE ENTIRE ROOM MAKING YOU SQUINT! So i can say overall it's a pretty nifty gadget. Now only if i can get Black Ops to work with it lol. I would be doing cartwheels all over the game room looking retarded.

And in a very short time we will have utube vids of hot chicks in their undergarments being the controller? Like, totally rad, yo!
+1

DATmafia said,
And in a very short time we will have utube vids of hot chicks in their undergarments being the controller? Like, totally rad, yo!
+1

OR its a gold mind for GF's to show off their "skills" on kinect jumping aorund ... |queue imagination|

giantpotato said,
Microsoft rented an area in downtown montreal to show off Kinect, I stopped by and there were literally just 2 people there.

lol, you made spew noodles out my knows

giantpotato said,
Microsoft rented an area in downtown montreal to show off Kinect, I stopped by and there were literally just 2 people there.

You can stop at their stand every day of the week (except on Monday from what I remember). This is a launch, it got momentum, it's a different situation.

they had a similar (much smaller) event in toronto today @ yonge dundas square (like times square but much smaller) i got to play some animal thing...totally unimpressed

Brent1700 said,
see, Microsoft... you can make great things.

No one ever said they couldn't. Though, they do drop the ball every once in a while.

Brent1700 said,
see, microsoft... you can make great things.

well weren't they spending hundreds of millions on this launch?

jasonon said,

well weren't they spending hundreds of millions on this launch?

Half a billion, to be exact (-ish).

It'll be interesting to see all the first impression reviews roll in. What I'm probably more interested in is what people think of it over time and whether it feels like a novelty item; much like what people were saying about the Wii when it launched.