Microsoft is spending half a billion dollars to make sure that when you hear the word Kinect you think "the future of video games."
Xbox 360 Kinect's third appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon features Microsoft's Kudo Tsunoda without sunglasses, the Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev playing Dance Central, and ends with everybody in the audience scoring a Kinect bundle.
Earlier this year, when the Xbox 360 add-on Kinect was still known as "Project Natal," reports surfaced that Microsoft was tearing one of the cameras processors out the hardware. Kinect general manager Kudo Tsunoda explains why.
Microsoft's Kudo Tsunoda, talking to Game Informer about the future of Kinect, had this to say about the current state of first-person shooters on the PC.
When the PS3 launched in 2006, the SIXAXIS controller did not have rumble support. It had motion control, but like I just said, no rumble. And I found myself playing more Xbox 360 games.
Worried that Microsoft's E3 showcase of its Kinect controller for the Xbox 360 was a little too "casual," a little too Wii Sports rewarmed? Kinect's creative director sees it otherwise, that Microsoft's taking a Super Mario Bros. approach instead.
Project Natal, unveiled at E3 earlier this year in Los Angeles, got its first outing in Japan at the Tokyo Game Show this week. And project director Kudo Tsunoda didn't come empty handed.
When Kudo Tsunoda took to the stage on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon earlier this week he and everyone else playing the game were decked out in matching red jump suits, leading some to speculate it was because of tech issues.
Tonight on his NBC late night show, Jimmy Fallon will talk video games with Microsoft. It won't be the first time that gaming has cropped up on the show, and Fallon promises it won't be the last either.
Earlier this week Microsoft let me try Project Natal in a hotel suite where test-versions of the new gaming sensor array was set up. Three times, I thought I found a flaw in the systems.
Well, have you? No? Well, if you ever did, Kudo Tsunoda and the technology behind Microsoft's Project Natal finally make it possible for you to uncover the fascinating mystery of Xbox 360 Avatar footwear.
Microsoft's Kudo Tsunoda is acting as the go-between for upcoming Xbox 360 exclusive Gears of War 2. So! What are the big differences between Gears of War and Gears of War 2? Says Tsunoda:
During my dinner with Shane Kim and Kudo Tsunoda I started talking with Kim about Rare's relatively checkered history with Microsoft.
Last night Microsoft hosted a dinner with Shane Kim and Kudo Tsunoda for myself and four other game journalists after the Electronic Arts gathering. For most of the dinner our group huddled around the table talking games and eating Hawaiian fusion food.