Meet Microsoft Kinect
The first day of E3 pressers was largely focused on Microsoft and the unveiling of its new product Kinect, originally named Project Natal. Kinect is an add-on peripheral for the Xbox 360 which allows users to interact with their TV through motion gestures and voice. As demonstrated by the lineup of demos at the conference such as Kinectimals and Dance Central, Microsoft appears to be largely gearing the system to the casual audience and in direct competition with the Nintendo Wii. No pricing information was given but a release date of November 24, 2010 was announced. For a more in-depth look at Microsoft’s presser see Andy Hoover’s Press Conference Analysis and our round table.
Source: Microsoft Press Conference
EA Announces New Games for Wii
At its presser yesterday, Electronic Arts announced a few games for the Nintendo Wii. The first is Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit which is being developed for multiple platforms by Criterion Games. Criterion is best known as the developer of the Burnout series and so is expected to breathe fresh air into the franchise. EA also announced EA Sports Active 2.0 a new fitness game and sequel to last year’s surprise sales success. However, this time around EA Sports Active 2.0 will be available for multiple platforms since all consoles will now have a form of motion control capabilities.
Source: Electronic Arts Press Conference
Ubisoft Announces Games, Sensor and Rayman
Ubisoft announced new titles for the Wii including Driver: San Francisco, Shaun White Skateboarding and Raving Rabbids Travel in Time. Ubisoft also announced game whose platforms are currently unknown including Children of Eden (spiritual successor to Rez), Battle Tag (Laser Tag) and a Michael Jackson dancing game . One of the surprises from the conference was when Ubisoft revealed Innergy for the PC and Mac. Innergy is a fitness game which includes an sensor which some are drawing parallels to the Vitality Sensor that Nintendo had presented at last year’s conference. Finally, in what was perhaps the most well-received announcement of the conference, Ubisoft announced Rayman: Origins which is a cel-caded, 2D reboot of Ubisoft’s platforming franchise. Unfortunately, the game will only be available on the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and iPad.
Source: Ubisoft Press Conference