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Natal is now Kinect…and uses the Force!

The Microsoft’s Project Natal has a new marketing name and is Kinect. During last night’s E3 startup, Microsoft unveiled their new name and demoed several games that will launch at the same time as the controller free controller (sic) around holidays (November). Kinect is expected to sell standalone, compatible with the existing XBOX 360 systems or in a bundle, maybe with XBOX 360 Arcade and including several games developed specifically for the new system. Games currently in development and expected to release by the end of the year are Star Wars that it looks like will allow you to dodge laser beams and use the force and light sabers, Kinect Sports featuring, you guessed, interactive sports such as boxing, bowling, soccer, table tennis and beach volleyball, Dance Central, Kinect Adventures (featuring water rafting simulation), Joyride (racing) and animals training and petting – Kinectimals.

Sporting also a camera, Kinect will be capable of video-conference as well, although is unclear if this feature will be available at launch or not and if it will be proprietary or will support popular clients such as Skype. It will be interesting to see how Kinect will fare against the immensely popular Wii, especially since it will require an add-on which by some reports could go as high as $150. But think of the possibilities! You’ll be forced to get up from the coach and move your body :). Check after the break for some new pictures. Read More…