In late 2006/early 2007, then-Xbox boss Peter Moore wanted a "Wii Killer" to be the centrepiece of Microsoft's next E3 press conference. So he had two teams compete to try and make him one.
There may be a simple reason Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart and others are pricing Kinect for Xbox 360 at $149 USD. That's how much it costs Microsoft to make the thing, according to a new report.
Microsoft is promising 15 games at launch for its new motion controller Kinect, which hits first in North America on November 4. Those games include Sonic Free Riders, Dance Masters, another dance based title and at least four fitness games.
In the two years he's been the executive producer for Microsoft's E3 appearance, Aaron Greenberg's brought The Beatles on stage and tonight, Cirque du Soleil. He expects to be asked how he'll outdo that, and he doesn't have an answer.
So the Microsoft Kinect is official, and we've seen a list of exciting new titles making their way to the Xbox 360 motion control device, but where's the innovation? Is Kinect changing the game, or delivering more of the same?
There's no need for conjecture; Microsoft's upcoming motion control peripheral, once known as Project Natal, is now to be officially known as "Kinect".
New gadgets, new ways to play games, new ways to look at games, and plenty of new games. That's what we expect to see at this year's big Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.
Sometimes, it's handy being reminded that "gamer" is a far bigger term than most of you realise. As evidenced by this Nielsen poll, which amazingly shows that most "gamers" haven't even heard of Project Natal.
Ahead of next week's E3 in Los Angeles, two new titles for Microsoft's motion-control peripheral, Project Natal, have been revealed.
Nobody looks good playing Project Natal. Nobody.
Attention, Xbox 360 fans with an incurable case of Bieber Fever! The Tiger Beat coverboy and teenage pop star is buddying up with his friends at Microsoft to bring you hands-on time with Project Natal this fall.
Microsoft's free-to-play Avatar racing game Joy Ride is reportedly getting a major motion-controlled tune-up. The BigPark-developed racer is now planned as a Project Natal launch title, CVG reports, and may no longer be free.
Sonic the Hedgehog will be a busy mascot in 2010, with Sonic Colors and Sonic the Hedgehog 4 coming to consoles. Sega may have another Sonic-starring game in store, Sonic Free Riders for Microsoft's Project Natal.
Last time we saw Microsoft's Project Natal in the wild, the prototype version of its Xbox 360 camera-controller was a mix of cute and creepy. Now, it's looking a hell of a lot more final.
Let's separate the Xbox hype from the Xbox reality. Every year's massive E3 gaming event includes big press conferences that promise gamers awesome things. One year past last E3, let's see what Microsoft and friends said would be in our Xbox future — and what did or didn't come true.
Project Natal is, if you hadn't worked it out by the whole "project" bit, simply a working title for Microsoft's upcoming motion sensing peripheral. What's its actual name? We don't know, but we're about to find out.
The departure of two key men involved in the Xbox 360 from Microsoft won't cause major changes in the Xbox division, a source close to Microsoft told Kotaku today. But the timing of the next steps for the Xbox brand was a factor.