Microsoft Kinect will retail on November 4, priced at $149?

Microsoft said on Monday that Kinect (Project Natal) will be available on November 4 in the U.S.

Dubbed Kinect for Xbox 360, the controller-free game device is set to go on sale in November. The technology behind Natal is fairly simple, a TV-mounted camera/microphone bar to sense motion, sound and movement. What's new and ground breaking is the tracking of 3D movement as well as 2D movement. The system is also able to scan users faces and sign them into Xbox live, as well as react to vocal tone and pitch, and process this data in real-time.

Microsoft demonstrated their Kinect system by waving to sign into the console and controlling different console elements by saying "Xbox" followed by music or pause to pause live video. Zune for Xbox was also demonstrated with some Justin Bieber music where the user was able to play and pause the music. Video Kinect was also announced. The service lets users communicate via the sensor for video or audio chat. The Video Kinect service works across Xbox Live and Windows Live Messenger and allows users to watch movies together and chat. 

Microsoft and ESPN announced a partnership to show ESPN live games across Xbox live with Kinect voice commands. The service will be free for Xbox LIVE gold members.

Microsoft also announced six new launch games exclusively for the Kinect system:

  • Kinectimals - a virtual pet aimed at young children. Similar to Dogz, the virtual pet reacts to commands and movements from the user. Over forty animals will be available in the game.
  • Kinect Sports - a multi-player track and field sports game. Games include soccer, bowling, javelin, Ping Pong, boxing and beach volleyball.
  • Kinect Joy Ride - a kart racing game with stunts and tricks.
  • Kinect Adventures - a multi-player action game, similar to being on a rollercoaster.
  • Your shape fitness evolved - a fitness game with wide variety of exercise options including feedback based on your body.
  • Dance Central - a dance game that includes real full body dancing. Music includes pop, R&B and rap music.

The groundbreaking technology was introduced by both Stephen Spielberg and gaming legend Peter Molyneux at E3 in 2009. Both believe the technology has the power to turn games into a true mass entertainment medium. Microsoft held a special event over the weekend to showcase the features of Kinect to Hollywood stars, VIPs and media from around the world. Marc Whitten, corporate vice president of Xbox LIVE, said 2010 could be the biggest year yet for Xbox. “It’s an amazing year just when you look at the things people are expecting,” he said. “But we’re excited to also be announcing ways that make it simpler for everyone to enjoy the things we do. People who are intimidated by a controller or game pad will finally get to unlock some of the experiences that are possible in the living room, gaming and non-gaming alike.”  

Microsoft made the news with the grand unveiling of Kinect over a year ago. With over 40 million Xbox 360 consoles on the market, Kinect is expected to sell well across the world and entice non-gamers, young children, mothers and grandparents onto the Xbox 360 in the same way the Nintendo Wii did. Kinect is available for pre-order from today, Microsoft has not announced final pricing.

Update: Gamestop is currently accepting pre-orders for Kinect at the price of $149.99

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You people who think this is a gimmick, wait until game developers realise that this in conjunction with the traditional controller is going to make gaming even more realistic.Since it can track your head and presumably your eyes imagine playing a fps where you just tilt your head and the camera adjusts to where you are looking. wow.

AnthoWin said,
You people who think this is a gimmick, wait until game developers realise that this in conjunction with the traditional controller is going to make gaming even more realistic.Since it can track your head and presumably your eyes imagine playing a fps where you just tilt your head and the camera adjusts to where you are looking. wow.

Just like the movie "Gamer"

Sorry but this totally jumped out at me:

The technology behind Natal is fairly simple, a TV-mounted camera/microphone bar to sense motion, sound and movement.

Isn't motion and movement.... the same thing.

protocol7 said,
Sorry but this totally jumped out at me:

The technology behind Natal is fairly simple, a TV-mounted camera/microphone bar to sense motion, sound and movement.

Isn't motion and movement.... the same thing.

3D Motion with 42 points of a human and a virtual skeleton...that's what counts...

protocol7 said,
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Isn't motion and movement.... the same thing.

Yes, it's very poorly written. Both a content and punctuation fail. I already sent updates to the editor on these and a few more in these articles.

$150? Nah. Doesn't make sense to buy it without bringing out some A titles that utilize it properly first.

Glendi said,
Controller-free gaming makes no sense.

It's the future of anything...put touch-screens into the trash...motion control will be anywhere...

Glendi said,
Controller-free gaming makes no sense.

It makes perfect sense, I'm fed up of batteries. No harm in moving around.

dave164 said,

It makes perfect sense, I'm fed up of batteries. No harm in moving around.

Imaginary driving, imaginary fighting, imaginary everything doesn't make sense.

That's not he future of gaming. It's the future of crappy childish gaming.

Glendi said,

Imaginary driving, imaginary fighting, imaginary everything doesn't make sense.

That's not he future of gaming. It's the future of crappy childish gaming.


And imagine being only able to play games for 15 or 20 minutes at a time because you've gotten so unfit from years of mice and gamepads.

bmaher said,
I guess there's no chance of the camera being wireless is there? That's gonna be a sod for me to install .

No, It plugs in via USB. It has to be plugged in via AC Too (For Motion Tilt) So yeah...

bmaher said,
I guess there's no chance of the camera being wireless is there? That's gonna be a sod for me to install .

Thats a preloaded game...an engineering challenge! Allows you to use real life movements to complete a task!

SkyyPunk said,

Thats a preloaded game...an engineering challenge! Allows you to use real life movements to complete a task!

Haha. Does it come with a hammer and chisel? Either means having wires draped across the wall or channelling cables in

TechDudeGeorge said,
It has to be plugged in via AC Too (For Motion Tilt) So yeah...

From the neowin coverage, that only applies to original 360. The new slim will power Kinect.

SkyyPunk said,

Thats a preloaded game...an engineering challenge! Allows you to use real life movements to complete a task!

Ditto on this. Havent they thought of people with projectors or TV's connected via HDMI only? My 360 and all AV equipment actually sits neatly hidden besides my couch so there is nothing but a TV/wall mounted speakers to look at. Aren't there any USB based wireless devices that will make this work?

Another classic case of a codename being better than the final product name, Kumo was better than Bing, and Natal is way better than Kinect.

thealexweb said,
Another classic case of a codename being better than the final product name, Kumo was better than Bing, and Natal is way better than Kinect.

I like Bing, there is a kind of ring to it than weak Kumo.

Master Shake said,
Doesn't look too bad, i just hope it works!

It works no doubt, But seriously $150 is a lot, and in UK that's like £70 but they are selling it for £100