Microsoft Kinect shipped to testers

Lucky Xbox 360 testers have received a wonderful little email in their inbox today, telling them that they will soon be receiving a “limited audience” beta hardware version of Microsoft Kinect.

The motion detection device connects to your Xbox 360, tracking your every movement, turning your actions into gameplay. The tiny two eyed camera connects to any Xbox 360, and is completely controller-less, allowing dozens of possible combinations with the need for additional peripherals.

If you were one of the lucky ones and received an email, your Xbox 360 will be prompted with an update within the next 24 hours and your Microsoft Kinect will begin shipping out to you soon. managed to get a hold of the beta invite email, asking participants to keep the beta testing hush-hush:

Congratulations! We're pleased to report you've been accepted in the Xbox LIVE and Kinect beta program. We look forward to your active involvement and feedback along the way.

REMINDER:The Xbox LIVE and Kinect beta program is confidential. Please don't disclose, share, or discuss beta program materials, except as allowed in the Xbox LIVE and Kinect Beta Program Agreement. Specifically, please:

DO NOT Blog about the beta materials.
DO NOT Post pictures, screenshots, or video clips of the beta materials.
DO NOT Discuss the beta materials in discussion forums, emails, or podcasts.
DO NOT Talk with the media or press about the beta materials. This includes bloggers, newspaper reporters, and television reporters.
Only use approved support methods for your Kinect experience which are listed on
DO NOT contact Xbox Support over Twitter. For support options, please go to
DO NOT post in the public Xbox support forums (only use the private Kinect Beta forums)

The Xbox LIVE and Kinect Beta information has been updated on the Microsoft Connect website ( Your console should be prompted for a system update within the next 24 hours. Kinect hardware is being packed and will be shipped to the address you provided when applying for this program. Please be patient and review the Microsoft Connect website for any status updates.

For any troubleshooting or program questions, please review the support information at

Congratulations, we look forward to your participation!


Xbox LIVE Beta Team

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