Kinect has taken Microsoft’s motion-controller from a distant second place in the buzz world to number one after being displayed yesterday at Microsoft’s E3 presentation to the public. Many people had written off the Kinect (at the time Project Natal) as nothing more than an updated version of the old interactive webcams from the 90’s or more recently the Playstation EyeToy.
After seeing the device in action with several different titles, it looks like Microsoft has done a lot more than just provided an updated take on old tech. The Xbox 360 Kinect might just revolutionize video games and how we view their integration into our entire home theatre. For example the voice-recognition on display during an announcement that ESPN would be exclusively added to the Xbox 360 showed how Kinect could open the door for more brands and channels to appear on the 360 and basically just made any form of remote antiquated technology. You control what you’re watching with your voice.
Sony’s Move will succeed thanks to a great marketing team, but after the display Microsoft put on, a lot of minds just changed. Sony has gone from the next big thing in motion controls to merely High-Def Wii. Meanwhile Microsoft has shown they can do a lot more than mimic and improve; they can create and lead.
Stay tuned for our complete hands-on preview of Kinect later this week.