The E3 Convention began with Microsoft unveiling their new motion sensor gaming system called Kinect. According to MTV the presentation included a “lavish” performance by Cirque De Soleil, which featured families in front of a TV playing the various games trying to complete objectives in a variety of games. The technology behind Kinect rests in a new 3D-sensing camera, which sits below the user’s TV and can accurately capture the movements of anyone who stands before it.
The games that were demonstrated showed that Microsoft isn’t just aiming for children with this new innovation. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the Kinect titles:
Initially just an Xbox Live driving game, this game was been redesigned to support Kinect. Players can steer their chosen car simply by holding their arms out in front of them and turning an invisible steering wheel.
“Track & Field”
A collection of team-based minigames ranging from the 100-meter dash to the javelin toss to, oddly enough, bowling. It seems to be Microsoft’s answer to Nintendo’s popular “Wii Sports” series.
Another nod to Nintendo’s past successes, this yoga game features a digital tutor who can walk players through complex positions. An on-screen representation of your character tracks every movement to ensure accuracy.
A rhythm-inspired game that allows players to learn choreographed dances step by step. The game checks the accuracy of your moves and will even slow down the pace if you’re too far off.
Users can purchase stuffed animal creatures that, when held up to the Kinect camera, become in-game characters that can be played with. Users can even teach the animals tricks such as how to jump and how to play dead.
The biggest response came from the appearance of a “Star Wars”-themed game, which allows players to wield a light saber and take on the Empire. The on-screen Jedi follows the players’ every movement, allowing for graceful ricochets and powerful explosions.