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Shortly after releasing their official Kinect SDK for Windows, developers have already started cranking out interesting tools. A gent by the name of Kevin Connolly has put together the Minority Report experience that people visualize when Kinect comes to mind. Thought it is still a work in progress, it is pretty darn cool. Be sure to check out the video after the break. We have to warn you that you may hear his mouse crying in the background, since this could very well be its replacement someday.
Got plans to pick up an Xbox 360 Kinect bundle this weekend? Want a $100 gift card? Then you want to be sure to head on over to Toys R Us! Starting June 24th and ending on June 25th, you’ll be able to score a $100 Toys R Us gift card with the purchase of a 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle. Now we know this may not top a $100 Walmart gift card, but you can definitely pick up a couple of games for your new system, or do something creative like reserve a PS Vita or Wii U.
It’s probably not a good idea to ask a room full of people to put their cameras away, because you’re going to show them something “super confidential.” However that’s exactly what Nokia CEO Stephen Elop did. Codenamed “Sea Ray” pictured above is the first Nokia phone to officially be running the Windows Phone OS. This device favors Nokia’s N9, but make no mistake about it, its running Windows 7 Mango. We’re gonna chalk this one up as a publicity stunt, either that or Stephen Elop being too gullible for words. Short video along with a couple more still shots after the break.
Want an Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle? Have an obsessive urge to spend money on Amazon? Want $100 in Amazon credit? If you’ve answered yes, yes, and yes, then head on over to Amazon and pick up their Gold Box deal of the day. If you purchase a 4GB Xbox 360 Kinect bundle, you’ll get $100 credit added to your Amazon account within two days. The credit has some limitations (Kindle books, MP3s, and video rentals and downloads), but this surely beats buying a new system to only walk away with a receipt as an extra.
Microsoft Game Studios VP Phil Spencer did an E3 recap with GameSpot and dished about their future focus. Mr. Spencer went on to say that “Kinect will be important to all genres of games.” He then talked about the motion sensor’s integration with games like: Mass Effect 3, Forza, and Rise, but it didn’t end there. He also advised that Halo Anniversary will see some form of Kinect support. We’re not too sure how that will play out, but this might be a good thing. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, people who complain about Kinect not being “hardcore” enough tend to freak out when it gets added to mainstream titles. We feel this is the only way it can truly be maximized. Keep in mind Kinect support doesn’t mean mandatory Kinect use. You’ll still have the option to play with a traditional controller. We’re just wondering how they’ll go about adding this to a game like Halo. This also leads us to believe that Halo 4 will most likely get Kinect treatment as well.
The WebOS and Windows Phone 7 Problem: The Role of the Underdog OS in an Android/iOS Dominated World
Walk into a crowded bar and look around. Seriously, just look. Not discounting the folks holding actual face-to-face conversations (a handsome minority, no doubt), take note of how many people are staring intently at the glowing brick of communication magic in their hands. Now, take note of just how many of those bricks are running Android…or iOs….got it? Good. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Now, try and find a WebOS phone. We dare you. Can’t do it? No problem. Point us towards the first Windows Phone 7 handset you can find and we’ll be happy. Right. Get the picture?
It seems like many, many moons ago it was announced that Kinect would officially be getting the Windows treatment. We’ve searched high, we’ve searched low and so far nada. That hasn’t stopped the indie Kinect hacking scene from cranking out loads and loads of useful and interesting software modifications with Microsoft’s beloved motion sensor. As for you developers on the fence that elected to wait for the official SDK from the peeps from Redmond, it looks like your wait is almost over. WinRumors is reporting that Microsoft is supposed to be rolling out a beta for the Kinect SDK tomorrow at 9:30AM PDT. If this does hold up, we can expect to see an even larger wave of Kinect fueled tech hitting the world wide web in the days to come.
Just four days ago during their E3 keynote, Sony announced that inFAMOUS’ Cole would be appearing in Street Fighter X Tekken for both the PS3 and PS Vita versions of the game. Not too long ago Kratos from the God of War series was an exclusive character in the PS3 version of Mortal Kombat. Looking at the recent run of cross platform fighting titles, we can’t help but ask, where’s the Xbox exclusive characters? We know that exclusive characters have nothing to do with hardware limitations, they really come down to making deals with game developers. So has Microsoft forgotten the art of the deal?
Microsoft started things off and in typical fashion, they opened with a bulk of third party games. Is it us or have they opened with a Call of Duty game the past two years? Aside from demoing a bit of MWF3, which seemed like the same old song and dance in our opinion. We saw a glimpse of the new Tomb Raider and confirmed that Mass Effect 3, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will have Kinect support. The Kinect integration for Mass Effect 3 was very subtle and was mainly voice recognition. The real shocker was Ghost Recon, there was an actual demonstration of using Kinect in a shooter, that looked fairly smooth. So this is the stuff we expected, but what about the rest of the show?
Nothing like a good web screw up around E3 to leak some info to the masses. Microsoft’s E3 presser isn’t until 9:30AM PDT but someone over at Xbox.com threw the switch early, resulting in what’s pictured above being briefly launched. Does anything grab your eye? We hate to say we told you so, but well, we told you so. We broke word of a Halo remake back in September 2010 and confirmed a new Halo project was indeed happening this past January. Recently we circled back a couple of weeks ago and updated a bit more info on the situation. Now this happens! After all that hardcore journalism, a web leak feels somewhat anticlimactic. We kid, we kid! We’re still excited as a kid on Christmas eve, it’s E3 time! May all of your fanboy/fangirl dreams come true!