E3 2010: Kinect For Xbox 360

Microsoft astounded the world with the motion-sensor tech-bit Kinect, formerly known as “Project Natal” a day before E3 through a Cirque du Soleil performance which was “inspired by Kinect’s technology.” The Kinect device, which looks like it may have been inspired by the Wii’s motion-sensor bar, plugs directly into the Xbox 360. What is contained in the little thing is fairly impressive though. Kinect holds a camera, motion-sensing technology, and audio sensors that all track 48 points of movement on the human body.

“You are the controller,” said Mike Delman, corporate vice president of Global Marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Business. “You simply step in front of the sensor and Kinect sees you move, hears your voice and recognizes your face.”

Microsoft plans to appeal to the entire casual gaming market that Nintendo’s Wii has brought into the industry. Delman demonstrated this during the Cirque du Soleil show. The show began with him playing his Xbox 360 alone, bound by controller, but then Kinect rolls by and his family joins in the fun. Proving that Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is fun for the whole family.

“Some people don’t like controllers,” Delman said. “And Kinect makes the gaming and entertainment experience more organic and free-flowing, without any of the barriers that can sometimes keep people from participating.”

As for right now Kinect is slated for a November release this year. We can definitely expect to see more about Kinect from Microsoft either today, or later in the week. So make sure to keep tuned to Terminal Gamer for information!