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Microsoft unleashes its Kinect controller

Microsoft has pointed to the Xbox 360 and soon-to-be-launched controller-free peripheral Kinect as two of its biggest hits of this year’s GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK.

With Kinect, the player’s entire body becomes the video games controller.
With Kinect, the player’s entire body becomes the video games controller.

Microsoft has pointed to the Xbox 360 and soon-to-be-launched controller-free peripheral Kinect as two of its biggest hits of this year’s GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK.

Its Kinect controller, which is being demonstrated at Dubai Internet City’s stand on Concourse 2, drew huge crowds on day one as many exhibitors and attendees gathered around to find out more about the device and the fuss it was causing.

Microsoft said that the removal of the handheld controller has done away with many of the things that intimidate non-gamers, and that it is the only device that has the potential to really open up gaming to a whole new audience.

“Kinetic is transforming the industry and bringing in people who are intimidated by the idea of controller-based gaming,” says Charbel Fakhoury, General Regional Manager of Microsoft Gulf. “It’s unique – there really is nothing else like it out there, and the response we’ve had at GITEX is reflective of that.” He is also confident that Kinetic’s appeal to non-gamers won’t put off the console’s large hardcore fanbase. “It demonstrates the console isn’t just for the hardcore, but at the same time, the device isn’t only for the casual player.

He also revealed that Microsoft is planning to bring the Xbox Live online gaming service to the region within six to 12 months.