The Wii will soon be facing some stiff competition. Xbox’s new Kinect for Xbox 360 has been in previews for about a year, but it was only officially announced at E3 last week.
Kinect is an innovative XBox item that allows you to become the game’s control unit. Unlike the Wii and Sony Move which require handheld controls for movement, the Xbox Kinect uses a motion detecting camera to sense your movements. The Kinect is rumored to cost around $150 when it is released in November, 2010.
With no controller required, the Kinect system uses three cameras to read a player’s body movements and then translates those physical actions onto the screen. Games will include the heart pumping exercise title Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, the white water rafting escapade Kinect Adventures!, the high speed car race Kinect Joy Ride, the athletic Kinect Sports, the choreography matcher Dance Central, and the kids’ animal rearing challenge Kinectimals.
Sony also announced its debut entry into motion sensor gaming, PlayStation Move. Similar to Kinect, Move uses advanced motion sensors and the PlayStation Eye camera to mimic the user’s full-body movements on screen in real-time. Slated to hit retail in September, PlayStation Move promises to have over 50 Move games on the market by the holiday season.
Check out the Kinect Sports trailer below. While it looks like this family is having a bit too much fun (is this anything like your family?) the system does look pretty cool.
If you want to check out the new video game console, Macy’s is launching 13 in-store lounges, dubbed mstylelab, where teen shoppers can hang out and test Kinect for Xbox 360.