Microsoft has put the dampeners on the possibility of Kinect sex games, insisting that "adults only" titles that used the motion-tracking peripheral for erotic purposes would neither be certified nor condoned on the Xbox 360 platform. The somewhat puritanical stance follows Austrian developer ThriXXX's demonstration of a 3D adult game making use of the Kinect, which allowed a gamer's hand to be tracked and mapped onto the body of a scantily-clad on-screen avatar.
The Kinect for the Xbox 360 has turned out to be one very hackable device and the thing has turned up for many more uses than I expected. We know that right now the resolution of the cameras inside the device is set at 320 x 240. Apparently the gear inside is capable of a resolution of 640 x 480.
Parrot's AR.Drone - which we reviewed over the weekend - is clever, but it still requires a meat pilot; strap on a Kinect sensor bar, meanwhile, and a quadrocopter is capable of going it alone. The autonomous 'copter is the handiwork of the Hybrid Systems lab at the University of California at Berkeley, with the Kinect feeding positioning data to an onboard 1.6GHz Atom Ubuntu computer.
Video demo after the cut
If you’ve been following my column on SlashGear, you know that I’m a pretty serious gamer. In fact, I’d say that I’m about as hardcore as they come. Aside from the fact that I’ve been playing games for longer than I choose to remember, I have real and abiding love for everything from role-playing games to sports games. There hasn’t been a single genre that I haven’t at one time or another loved.
For Microsoft, who believe that the Xbox 360 still has plenty of years left in it, the Kinect motion-sensing peripheral that's due to release November 4th is a huge effort to get even more people involved with the console. Not wanting to just talk to hardcore gamers anymore, the peripheral is meant to bring the whole family into the living room, and sit around a nice game of Kinectimals. According to the New York Times, it cost Microsoft quite a pretty penny to get the first working prototype of the Kinect unit up and running.
Hooray! They're releasing the ads like wild wombats out of a gunnysack, all of them for the Xbox Kinect which they say will change OUR ENTIRE LIVES. Yes indeed, no doubt that it will, at least the way we look at playing video games at home. Just [yesterday] we shared with you the first video, one that now appears to have been a chopped up version of the following videos which are categorized as Kinect for Xbox 360 (all encompassing), Kinect Sports, Kinect Adventures, and the extremely exciting video about what might be a glimpse into the future of interactive entertainment: Xbox LIVE with Kinect.
Now that we know the 17 Kinect-capable titles heading to the controller-free peripheral in 2010, and we know just how to set up our living rooms to get the best playing experience, it's time that we finally get our eyes on an official TV advertisement from Microsoft. While there's been other commercials out there, apparently they weren't the "official" kind. But, Microsoft has finally unveiled the first official TV ad for Kinect, showcasing the human side of it.
Microsoft has announced the launch portfolio for Kinect, listing the seventeen titles which will be available at the motion-controller's launch. The games - the full list of which you can see after the cut - represent the first wave of controller-free titles, and include Kinectimals, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Fighters Uncaged.
There's no doubt that setting up to play Microsoft's upcoming motion sensing peripheral, Kinect, will be interesting. Microsoft has released a video that showcases the Kinect development team going over what they believe is the optimal setting and layout for you to truly experience, and enjoy your time with Kinect. And who better to get the information from then those who developed the system, right?