Microsoft Reveals Project Natal's New Name, New Games

Paul Lilly

Speaking of waving things around in your hand ( see previous news post ), Microsoft has made official the rebadging of Project Natal to Kinect.

Details are still pouring in as E3 gets set to kick off, but a little more was revealed during a Kinect-themed 45-minute theatrical performance by Cirque du Soleil. Most of the new info involved upcoming game titles which, according to USA Today, will include:

  • Kinectimals : train and play with 20 different types of virtual cats, includng a lion, cheetah, and tiger
  • Joyride : a racing game where users will position their hands around an imaginary steering wheel
  • Kinect Sports : six sports games to choose from, including boxing, bowling, volleyball, track and field, soccer, and table tennis
  • Kinect Adventures : river rafting game
  • Dance Central : an MTV Games project involving full-body dancing without the need for a controller
  • Star Wars : probably will involve light saber duels

"For lots of people, that controller is a barrier," says creative director Kudo Tsunoda . "We set out to make a new control paradigm where anybody can get in and play, without having to read the instructions or learn a complicated set of controls."

Kinect's built-in camera will employ facial and voice recognition. You'll be able to control Netflix menus with hand gestures, as well as fast forward though a recorded TV program just by waving your arm about.

Pricing, release date, and other details have yet to be disclosed, though we suspect to know a lot more as the day goes on.

Image Credit: Microsoft

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