E3 2010: USA Today confirms Kinect name

Microsoft’s Project Natal seems to be definitely called Kinect.

That’s according to a new report in USA Today’s Game Hunters column – the latest edition of which has moments ago gone live, confirming the leaked out name for the device plus a raft of games.

Kinect as it is now known is still due later this year – but the price still remains an unknown.

The device uses 3D cameras to remove the need for physical controllers.

"For lots of people, that controller is a barrier," creative director Kudo Tsunoda told Game Hunters. "We set out to make a new control paradigm where anybody can get in and play, without having to read the instructions or learn a complicated set of controls."

Microsoft also praises Nintendo for ‘setting things in motion’ – its Wii was first unveiled to have a special remote-like controller back at the Tokyo Game Show in 2005. Since then rival format holders have been scrambling to wokr out how to replicate its hugely inclusive magic.

In the Game Hunters report Microsoft’s Marc Whitten says: "They have done some amazing things and brought new people to the category. This is fundamentally different. It’s [about] my body being the controller [and] being able to communicate with just my voice to the system."

Game Hunters also details a number of the games for the device:

"•Kinectimals lets you train and play with 20 different virtual cats, including a lion, cheetah and tiger.

"•Joyride, a racing game, lets players use their hands to hold an imaginary steering wheel — pull your hands toward you and push back out for an acceleration boost — and their bodies to execute jumps and tricks.

"•Kinect Sports has six activities including boxing, bowling, beach volleyball, track and field, soccer and table tennis. To serve a volleyball, you mimic the real motion; in soccer, you can kick the ball or do a header.

"•Kinect Adventures includes a river-raft time trial and obstacle course, playable by up to four players. On the raft, playing as a duo, you and a partner must lean one way or another to steer. Jumping helps the raft reach special areas for extra points.

"•Dance Central, in development by MTV Games, brings a So You Think You Can Dance experience home.

"•Star Wars characters and iconic Disney favorites will be featured in separate new games being developed at Microsoft in conjunction with LucasArts and Disney."

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