The Microsoft Xbox has been well received across the globe in the first 10 days after its launch. Now, the company plans to launch the Xbox 360 Kinect across seven Indian cities on December 4. Xbox Kinect will be available in two versions at a price starting from Rs.9,990.
With the Xbox Kinect, gamers can perform gestures without using any controller and have their virtual characters move the same way in the game, or manipulate objects on the screen as well as watch movies using voice commands. This gives the user a controller-free gaming experience through the Xbox 360 Kinect.
One can play almost life-like games by just gestures such as waving your hands in front of the sensor instead of clicking on buttons. The Xbox Kinect has the ability to recognize individuals as soon as he or she waves their hands in front of the machine. This gives the player a more personalized gaming experience. It can also be used for video conferencing.
The Kinect has been a hit since its official launch in the US, with sales of 1 million in the first ten days after its release. Related: Kinectimals for Xbox 360 Kinect The product has been well-received in the geek community, with buyers hacking and jailbreaking their units to integrate them with everything from personal computers to robotic vacuum cleaners!
Speaking at the launch, Jaspreet Bindra, regional director, entertainment and devices division at Microsoft India, said, “With Kinect, we are literally changing the game. Kinect is intuitive and easy to use, and therefore increases the category of people into the gaming fold. And from an Indian perspective, where we gesture a lot as we play, talk and emote, Kinect is perfect. These same gestures now translate into an exciting and entertaining experience.” Related: Some Kinect bugs found
“This is the next era in the evolution of human interface with computers and the beginning of the move from Graphical User Interface (GUI) to Natural User Interface (NUI),” Bindra said.
Kinect comes with an RGB camera, depth sensor, multi-array microphone and custom processor for augmented use. Further, you can connect yourself with the online gaming community of 25 million members and share your achievements with your friends over XBox Live and via Video Connect. Related: Kinect price rumors
With Kinect, Microsoft has rolled out 11 new games. The new games include Kinectimals, Kinect Joyride, Kinect Adventures and Kinect sports from Microsoft game studios. Third party games include Dance central, your shape, motion sports, harry potter and the deathly hallows: part1, fighters uncaged, sonic free riders and game party. The Xbox Kinect shall be available in two versions. One is the standalone that will include the Kinect Adventures disc. This version is priced at Rs. 9,990. The second version, which is the all-in-one version that includes an Xbox 360 4GB Slim console and Kinect Sensor. This version is priced at Rs. 22,990. The product will be available across 150 retail stores in seven cities of India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Pune. You might also be interested in comprehensive guide to gaming consoles in India
Xbox Kinect seems like a very personalized version of gaming that will encourage even non-gamers to join the gaming world.