Microsoft has released pricing for the Xbox 360 Kinect motion and voice sensing controller. Arriving before Christmas and packaged with a game, Microsoft is going aggressive with its controllerless push. News also of a new 4GB Xbox 360 Arcade model hitting the market.
A new imagining of the original Halo plus Halo 4, Gears of War 3, Mass Effect 3 and Minecraft all slated for Xbox 360. No new hardware announcement, but plenty of choice for the millions of Kinect motion detection controller owners in the future with Microsoft confirming at E3 today details of Star Wars, Dance Central, Fable and many more Kinect enabled titles on the horizon.
A fair few people have been fiddling with the Kinect since it was launched, finding ways of putting it to work with hardware other than the Xbox 360. Microsoft is now preparing to release an official Kinect for Windows SDK.
Microsoft changes its stance on “hacking” the Xbox 360’s new Kinect motion controller, saying that taking and interpreting the output from a USB connection is not hacking, whereas breaking into the Kinect’s algorithms or making physical hardware changes is.
Earlier this week I traveled to Microsoft’s Mountain View campus to play with the company’s new Kinect sensor. While there I met with a few of the team’s engineers to discuss how they had built the new device.
Up front, two things: The new Kinect sensor is far cooler than I expected.