New titles, Kinect features for Xbox at E3

Microsoft shows off wide range of new Kinect compatible games, features at E3 event

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New titles, Kinect features for Xbox at E3 Kudo Tsunoda, creative director of Kinect for Xbox 360 and general manager of Microsoft Game Studios at the E3 showcase. (Getty Images)
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By  Mark Sutton Published  June 7, 2011

Microsoft has unveiled a large number of new games and enhancements for its Xbox 360 console at this year's E3 show in Los Angeles.

Microsoft revealed new editions to popular games franchises, more Kinect-enabled games, and new services and features for the console.

The company says that the Xbox 360 has outsold rival consoles over the past year, helped by the Kinect motion controller, with total sales now at 55 million units worldwide in total.

Among the new games titles announced were Gears of War 3, Forza Motorsport 4, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Halo 4, Ryse and a new cinematic-looking Tomb Raider.

The first instalment of the Halo series will get the remaster treatment, to be released as Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.

A number of new Kinect-enabled titles were unveiled, which use both the motion sensing and voice recognition capabilities of the controller, including Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Future Soldier; EA Sports titles Tiger Woods PGA TOUR, Madden NFL and FIFA; and other popular titles including Kinect: Disneyland Adventures, Kinect Star Wars and Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster, Dance Central 2 and Kinect Sports: Season Two, The Sims 3 Pets, Family Game Night 4 and Mass Effect 3.

Kinect will also get a new hub on the console, called Kinect Fun Labs, which will be open to Xbox Live members, to showcase new Kinect innovations and technologies such as player capture, object scanning and finger tracking. Kinect Fun Labs launched yesterday, and includes four initial ‘gadgets', Kinect Me, Bobble Head, Build A Buddy and Kinect Googly Eyes, with more gadgets set for launch in June.

Microsoft also announced that it will bring YouTube to the Xbox as a channel on Xbox Live, Ultimate Fighting Championship fights and other TV content will also be available via Xbox, and the company will look to add additional TV channels in the Autumn. Microsoft has also integrated its Bing search engine into Xbox live, which will also be voice-control enables, and voice control for television via Kinect will also be introduced.

In a later announcement, Microsoft also revealed that it will bring cloud storage to its Xbox service later in the year, although no more details were available at present.

The E3 showcase did not bring a cut in price for Xbox consoles however, which had been predicted by some analysts.

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