Today, Microsoft unveiled the highly anticipated controller-free gaming, the Xbox 360 Kinect, which will be available in Singapore mid next month. VR-Zone was invited to the launch and had the opportunity to try out some of the games.
Ben Tan, regional director for Microsoft Singapore, talked about the next ten years for Xbox.
“We have approximately 40 million consoles on the market worldwide (as of July 2010), 25 million Xbox Live members and over 800 games on Xbox 360 today. In the past, most of the first person shooter (FPS) games were coming out on PCs. Previously, people say you can’t play FPS games on a console, but today we already have FPS games on a console.”
“This year is a very exciting time for us - we have the 4GB and 250GB console; Halo Reach that was just launched last month; Fallout that is going to launch this month. But its about the next ten years that is exciting. If you look at entertainment, we are interested in connected entertainment. It is also about multiple platforms. Windows Phone 7 is going to be launched in two weeks that will allow you to access Xbox Live. And today, we have revolutionary controller-free gaming, first time ever. Controller-free gaming is just one aspect of the product. Imagine other things you can do with controller-free computing experience. That is going to come,” Tan says.
Erik Ford, senior marketing manager for Microsoft Singapore, introduced the various games suited for different groups of gamers – family, kids, social etc.
We tried out some of the Kinect games at the event including Kinect Adventures and Kinect Joy Ride. And we must say, the experience is better than what we expected. The game play is very intuitive and the Kinect has no problem detecting your movement accurately, at least most times. Well, its hard to convince until you try it out on your own.
So what’s the pricing for the Xbox 360 Kinect? The 4GB console with the Kinect sensor and “Kinect Adventures” game package is retailing at S$469. For existing Xbox 360 console owners, the Kinect sensor with “Kinect Adventures” is selling at S$229. Both packages will be available at all major retailers from 18 November.
Check out the short video we shot at the event:-