The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to get Kinect support

One of the biggest games of 2011 is going to get a free update for the Xbox 360 version that will please users of the Kinect device. Bethesda Softworks revealed today that an upcoming title update for its hit fantasy RPG The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim will add support for Kinect. Specifically, the update will allow users of the Kinect add-on to access over 200 different voice commands in the game.

Fans of the Dragon Shout powers in Skyrim will be able to speak those commands via Kinect and the new update. Bethesda Softworks adds:

In addition to Dragon Shouts, the Kinect for Xbox 360 integration offers voice commands throughout the game including Hotkey Equipping, Follower Commands, and all Menus (Items, Magic, Map, Barter, Container, Favorites, and Skills). With Voice Commands, quickly create and load saves during gameplay and access menus and inventories. Skyrim’s Kinect for Xbox 360 Support also adds new functionality including special map functions, additional hotkey options, and the ability to sort inventory items by name, weight, and value.

The Kinect update will be released for free for Xbox 360 owners sometime later in April. In addition, Bethesda Softworks says it is still working on the first set of DLC add-ons for Skyrim that will add new quests and other new content to the game but there's no word on when those promised DLC packs will be released.

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