E3 Update: "Natal" becomes Kinect--and a new Xbox model

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Member2600

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Xaero429

Call me old fashioned, or call me crazy, but i enjoy sitting on my fat ass, and playing a video the way they were meant to be played. . . . . with a goddamn controller.  If i want to go do karate, i will go to a gym, or a karate instructor.  If i want to play baseball, i will go OUTSIDE and play baseball, with other REAL people.  All this controller-less bullshit is just another sad attempt to make money.  If you want to workout, go ride a bike, or swim, or go to the gym.  Shit for the same price of an xbox 360 elite, you can buy a year gym membership, and that gym membership comes with free interaction with real people, no head-set required.

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dracx619

i guess i will call you old fashioned :D  while i do agree with you that doin all those activites the traditional way is the best option, there can be many great uses for kinect. like boxing...punching a motionless bag? boring...hate contact and pain brought by sparring? feel like really kicking your friend's ass wihtout physically hurting him/her? kinect boxing (and how bout maybe a future streetfighter or mortal kombat game?) can really bring fighting games to a whole new level...im gitty with excitement.

 then theres working out, again, of course the real thing is best but lets say its raining or on certain days the gym is stupid packed (on tuesdays, for wahtever reason the gyms here are stupid packed) you can use some kinect fitness games to at least get some cardio done in a fun effective way and then finishing off with some home weights. 

so these are two examples. for many hardcore gamers, it is pretty useless and gimmicky but many forget, this isn't for the hardcore gamers (yet at least) its for the general masses to enjoy. if you missed the keynote, they talked about makin xbox the center of your living room entertainment center or something like that (the voice and hand demos of zune and basic operation were pretty interesting). of course its anattempt to make money and hopefully it does. this tech looks very promising and hopefully it gets better from here and most importantly i hope devs dont churn out crap like the wii

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Keith E. Whisman

I really like the idea of the kinetic. I want one and will probably purchase an Xbox and a Kinetic because I like the idea of exercising with my family and getting my kids into martial arts. It has everything to successfully train you in kung fu. 

That said I believe that it wont be long before we see usb adapters become available for this device and MS actually changing it to a USB connector. I honestly though MS was done with the whole proprietary connector thing but it appears they aren't. Sad. They just want to sell more Xbox's but that isn't going to be fair to existing xbox owners so as I said it will come or there will be class action law suits and that's a fact. If MS sneezes wrong they get sued and lose. 

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dracx619

from my understanding (and i could be wrong) on the original systems, you plug it into the usb port and then plug in power. on the slim its just the one port

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Julyjules

MPC team, if you have a second please try to sneak a peek about the upcoming Star Wars title. It will most definitely be one of the best games of 2011. Thanks!

 

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Member2600

More data plz

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MdX MaxX

It may be just me, but I think the new 360 is absolutely hideous.  I'll stick with the hourglass shape, even if I need a special dongle to use Kinect.

I am excited for Kinect though.  I like the controller-less approach as opposed to the Wii Remote or PlayStation Move. 

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nadako

They should have kept it as natal.

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bingojubes

I wonder if Japan will start promoting+creating a line of those japanese ERO-games, just for the Kinect unit. since motion capture systems are in the works, will pc gaming be fully interactive now?

 i enjoy siting on the couch or in a chair to play my games. if they bring back something like  Kung-Fu Chaos, it could probably spark more interest.

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jtrpop

Does this mean Xbox 360s without the Kinect port are out of luck?

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CTskifreak

Nope - I read that the older ones can still use it, but it will have to use it's separate power adapter, and it connects via some dongle thing.

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reutnes

I was watching the E3 conference and now I don't think I'll be buying one of these.  I think this product is not here to benefit most existing gamers but to try to make the 360 more appealing to casual gamers thinking about buying a Wii.

 

But a quieter XBOX would be nice though.  If license transfers become less painful, I might try and buy one.

Or just mod mine with a heat pipe or something.   

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WardTheSteak

I'm thinking since its new to the scene the newest games being released right now weren't made for it being that they need to make it more efficient and such for more complex games.  But, hopefully down the rode they will actually release some "real" games for it that we would all love to play in a more realistic fashion.

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jaygregz

So your telling me that it took all this time for them to release a technology that was possible 20 years ago? This isn't exactly a gaming breakthrough. Plus This whole thing is marketed towards the kiddies. Who really cares about playing an overated motion controlled driving game with childish graphics or playing with some make believe tiger pet? So its a wii without a remote..oh hell oh well. Also, the new machine looks pretty good but its just another ploy to get more money out of the consumers. They finally released a console that should have been released at the launch of the 360. Chalk me up for someone who won't be buying it. I've actually got use to my xbox 360 sounding like a v8 engine. I bet all those people who rushed out to buy the overly priced xbox elite are pissed.

On a second note I just thought of an awesome idea for Kinect. They should make a POV porn where you can actually be the star of your own fantasy. Think about it. Pelvic thrusts and all you'd be the man.

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