Rumor: Microsoft to announce 'Avatar Kinect' at CES Keynote?

With Microsoft's Steve Ballmer set to take the stage at 2011's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in just over a day, speculation is growing about just what will be said. Now, it seems, we have gained a hint as to what part of the keynote will be about, with two slides from the presentation leaking out, directly from the back stages of Las Vegas.

It appears that Microsoft is going to announce Avatar Kinect. While we really don't know anything about what this will actually be, one would naturally assume it will incorporate Avatars more deeply into the Kinect experience, through either a new game or a revised Dashboard.

At this point, there is very little known other than what is shown in the photos above and below. However, Neowin will keep you posted, with our on-the-ground coverage of CES 2011. Keep your eyes here for all the latest announcements from Microsoft, as well as the hundreds of other expeditioners at the show.

Image source: Glimpse Dog

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IMO Kinect isn't that good. I tried it at a cousin's house and it wasn't what I expected. Don't get me wrong, it's pretty fun and it makes you use you whole body but I expected more accuracy, more definition, more... I don't know, glitz and glamor. 360 over all wasn't what I expected it to be.

Also, I pulled something in my leg while playing Kinect, and my cousin dislocated her shoulder; I spent the whole night laughing.

I'm sure Ballmer's keynote will be just as full of hype and lofty promises which ultimately go unfulfulled as last year's bs tablet speech.

efjay said,
I'm sure Ballmer's keynote will be just as full of hype and lofty promises which ultimately go unfulfulled as last year's bs tablet speech.

I wonder if he'll fall over, or have eggs thrown at him, or if he'll insult somebody in the audience or elsewhere like what usually happens with him

Looks like it will be another stunning exclusive catered for those who helped to build the xbox brand. Im sure it will have a fantastic plot and will be an accomplished experience that will take many hours to complete.
Im sure sony's many new exclusives will pale in comparison to this.
What a bright future us xbox GAMERS have to look forward to eh?

If James Cameron is somehow involved with this and it turns out to be an Avatar movie tie is... I am so done with Xbox and Microsoft.
It better just be just player Avatars. Wonder if it could be a Avatar MMO for Kinect? Or some stupid Farmville rip off where you use your avatar?

Geekahertz said,
If James Cameron is somehow involved with this and it turns out to be an Avatar movie tie is... I am so done with Xbox and Microsoft.
It better just be just player Avatars. Wonder if it could be a Avatar MMO for Kinect? Or some stupid Farmville rip off where you use your avatar?
Not a fan of Avatar the movie then? lol

Geekahertz said,
It better just be just player Avatars. Wonder if it could be a Avatar MMO for Kinect? Or some stupid Farmville rip off where you use your avatar?

Whoa! Good idea! That'd be mega awesome. It sounds kinda like "Gamers" (2009) where they had two types of games called 'Societies' and 'Slayers' where your character is in an open world and is controlled directly by you based on your motions and such. Well there are minor differences in that the avatars were real people, but you what I mean.

This could open up some new digital life experiences, and it might be related to those rumors that Microsoft was going to buy Second Life about a few months ago.

Nonny said,
OMG I can't wait for this.. the Kinect is so amazing and accurit, it's a million time better than the Wii which looks like crap cause its standerd def television (Japanese people can't afford HDTV). the avatars on kinect has fingers while the wii avatars is just like a round ball for your hand cause wii isn't powerful enough to display fingers lol.

Is this George Bush ?

maybe the way it works is that you point your Kinect at your screen so it can see the avatar, thereby creating a singularity which would suck the earth out of existence?

Brody McKee said,
I'm going to guess that it makes an avatar based on your looks? Scanning you with Kinect?
Would be really cool, gotta wonder if Microsoft can pull that off though...

Brody McKee said,
I'm going to guess that it makes an avatar based on your looks? Scanning you with Kinect?

That's not a bad idea, trying to get an avatar to look like you can be a pita lol

Brody McKee said,
I'm going to guess that it makes an avatar based on your looks? Scanning you with Kinect?

That would be kinda cool. It would also be cool to see in games where the avatar was used to have it play an avatar recording of some taunt or dance move before the game starts, or when you get a kill, or during round end. I think that would be pretty nice.

I imagine there will be inappropriate content as usual, but if you don't expect that then you don't know anything about Live

Brody McKee said,
I'm going to guess that it makes an avatar based on your looks? Scanning you with Kinect?

Nah it lets you use your Kinect to take control of a Na'vi on the moon Pandora.

DARKFiB3R said,

That's not a bad idea, trying to get an avatar to look like you can be a pita lol

Mine is almost spot on. I only spent 20 mins on it. You must have complex features.

OMG I can't wait for this.. the Kinect is so amazing and accurit, it's a million time better than the Wii which looks like crap cause its standerd def television (Japanese people can't afford HDTV). the avatars on kinect has fingers while the wii avatars is just like a round ball for your hand cause wii isn't powerful enough to display fingers lol.

Nonny said,
OMG I can't wait for this.. the Kinect is so amazing and accurit, it's a million time better than the Wii which looks like crap cause its standerd def television (Japanese people can't afford HDTV). the avatars on kinect has fingers while the wii avatars is just like a round ball for your hand cause wii isn't powerful enough to display fingers lol.

I think my brain ran away after reading this.

I typed out something then read his other posts. I just think that's how he is and may still be learning English. I was about call "troll," however. In any case, he's still mis-informed.

Nonny said,
OMG I can't wait for this.. the Kinect is so amazing and accurit, it's a million time better than the Wii which looks like crap cause its standerd def television (Japanese people can't afford HDTV). the avatars on kinect has fingers while the wii avatars is just like a round ball for your hand cause wii isn't powerful enough to display fingers lol.

I actually found myself getting stupider as I read this comment.

Nonny said,
OMG I can't wait for this.. the Kinect is so amazing and accurit, it's a million time better than the Wii which looks like crap cause its standerd def television (Japanese people can't afford HDTV). the avatars on kinect has fingers while the wii avatars is just like a round ball for your hand cause wii isn't powerful enough to display fingers lol.

As a result of reading this, my IQ just dropped a point. The slaying of the English language should be a crime.

Nonny said,
OMG I can't wait for this.. the Kinect is so amazing and accurit, it's a million time better than the Wii which looks like crap cause its standerd def television (Japanese people can't afford HDTV). the avatars on kinect has fingers while the wii avatars is just like a round ball for your hand cause wii isn't powerful enough to display fingers lol.

Putting aside your terrible English, you're post is false. Kinect cannot detect fingers either and is just a "round ball" for the hand also (currently at least).

Nonny said,
OMG I can't wait for this.. the Kinect is so amazing and accurit, it's a million time better than the Wii which looks like crap cause its standerd def television (Japanese people can't afford HDTV). the avatars on kinect has fingers while the wii avatars is just like a round ball for your hand cause wii isn't powerful enough to display fingers lol.

I was going to write a witty response but after fully reading this post my mind simply cannot form a proper sentence. It took me a good five whole minutes to write these two sentences.