Kinect for Xbox 360 is a controller free gaming experience which allows users to play games without the need of controllers, think of it like the Nintendo Wii without the controllers. Scroll further down the page for a video demonstration of what can be done.
Kinect release date
Microsoft confirmed that Kinect (formally known as Project Natal) will be released on November 4th 2010 in America with the release coming to the UK 6 days later on November 10th 2010.
Microsoft have high hopes for Kinect both in the UK and worldwide, the device is expected to totally change the way gamers use the Xbox 360 by opening up a new area of gaming which they hope will also encourage a new type of gamer onto the Xbox system. Set to rival the existing Nintendo Wii with it’s Motion Plus controllers and the newly released Playstation Move, Kinect has gone one step further by removing the need for controllers altogether.
The release date for Kinect meant it become one of the must have gadgets at Christmas and pre-ordering in advance of the release date was wise due to initial stock shortages.
How much is Kinect for Xbox 360?
Prices of Kinect will depend on if you already have an Xbox 360 or not.
If you do aleady have an xbox 360 console then Kinect can be purchased as an add-on and can simply be plugged into an existing USB port, priced at £129.99 (rrp) it comes bundled with Kinect Advertures, a package of around 20 games aimed at demonstrating the full features of Kinect.
The other option is for those without an Xbox 360 or those wishing to upgrade to the newly released slim version of the console. Microsoft will be selling the new Xbox 360 slim complete with Kinect as a bundle for £249.99 (rrp). Below are the bext prices for each option, updated daily from all the main UK online retailers.
Will Kinect work with existing Xbox 360 consoles?
A common question asked by those with older Xbox 360 consoles is “Will Kinect work with my Xbox 360?”
The answer to this question is yes, both the new and old version of the Xbox 360 link with Kinect via the USB ports on the console, the only difference is that with the newer slim models the USB ports having a different power output which removes the need to power Kinect separately, existing consoles purchased prior to the slimline version will need to power Kinect through a power supply (included) in order for it to work.
Kinect games list:
Kinect Joy Ride
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved
EA Sports Active 2
DECA Sports Freedom
Sonic Free Riders
The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout
Game Party: In Motion
The full list of games can be found here.
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