With all those rumors floating around, it's good to finally get them to rest. On Monday, Microsoft officially announced that the motion-based controller, formerly known as Project Natal, and now known as Kinect, would be available in North America beginning on November 4th. So, not exactly that October launch date we had heard rumored about initially, but it's close enough. Plus, it's closer to Christmas, which is also a good thing.
Oddly enough, the initial launch is said to be a North American-based release. However, if a recent tweet from one Major Nelson, of Microsoft, is to be believed, then it looks like it could be a bit more widespread than that.
"#Kinect will launch worldwide on Nov. 4th #XboxE3"
Interesting, to say the least. We expect a worldwide launch, of course, but now we're wondering just when that will happen. We're hearing more and more about a worldwide launch, so we'll have to assume that's the story (and Microsoft's sticking to it). As for games? There's going to be 15 games at launch, which include things like Kinect Sports, and Kinectimals. The conference at E3 is still happening, so stay tuned.