If you own an Xbox 360 with the Kinect add-on and if you are already addicted to playing The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, then be prepared to be stuck in a room shouting at your TV screen for hours. Bethesda Softworks has announced that a new and free update to the Xbox 360 version of the hit fantasy RPG has now enabled the promised voice command support for Skyrim.
While you won't be able to wave your hands and arms to swing a sword in the game, the new Kinect support does add 200 voice commands for players to go through the game's menu screens, give commands to NPCs and most importantly to trigger the "shout" spells. A full list of the Kinect voice commands can be found at Bethesda's web site. So far, the patch for English Kinect voice support has been released but additional support for French, Italian, German, and Spanish is coming soon.
In related news, Bethesda has also released a teaser image and the title for the first DLC pack for Skyrim, which is scheduled for release for the Xbox 360 later this summer (and presumably later on for the PS3 and PC versions). The title for the DLC is Dawnguard but the company is keeping mum about revealing further details until E3 2012, which will begin five weeks from today.