Microsoft unveils Kinect controller-free gaming device

Project Natal becomes Kinect as Microsoft shows off controller-free Xbox 360 device

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Microsoft unveils Kinect controller-free gaming device Kinect was unveiled in a demonstration at the E3 show in Los Angeles.
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By  Mark Sutton Published  June 14, 2010

Microsoft has unveiled its new controller-free gaming device for the Xbox 360, dubbed Kinect.

The slim Kinect sensor contains a camera, audio sensors, and motion-sensing technology that tracks 48 points of movement on the human body, allowing players to use movement and gestures to control games.

The sensor, which plugs directly into the Xbox 360 console, can perform full-motion tracking of the human body at 30 frames per second, and includes voice and face recognition.

"You are the controller," said Mike Delman, corporate vice president of Global Marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Business. "You simply step in front of the sensor and Kinect sees you move, hears your voice and recognizes your face."

The former ‘Project Natal' controller was launched at the E3 expo in Los Angeles, with more details to follow on pricing and availability. Microsoft has previously said that it aims to release Kinect before the end of the year.

Nintendo was the first console manufacturer to market with a motion sensitive controller, with its wireless Wii Remote, launched in 2006, although Kinect does away with a controller altogether.

 "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."

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