Microsoft Kinect gets UK launch date

Software behemoth Microsoft has announced that its controller-free, motion-sensing gaming system will go on UK sale on November 10.

Kinect, previously known as Project Natal  – uses a camera connected to an Xbox 360  to track the movement of players and goes beyond the Wii by plotting this movement, and translating it in to on-screen action, without the need for a controller. Or so Microsoft believes.
According to Microsoft there will be more than 15 Kinect-compatible games available at the launch. This includes Kinect Sports, which features running and throwing games.

Piston heads will also enjoy Kinect Joyride, a driving game, and dance addicts can have their fill with Dance Central, which lets them dance along to their favourite songs.

“We are bringing the Kinect experience to Europe for the first time at gamescom because this is the biggest show in the region and we’re committed to investing in Europe and the critical role it plays in Xbox’s global success,” said Microsoft’s European Xbox boss, Chris Lewis, who has started speaking in capital letters.

“With Kinect, YOU become the controller, giving you the choice in how you and your friends navigate entertainment and gaming experiences.

“We’re already seeing a high level of anticipation in Europe with sales of the Kinect ready Xbox 360 250GB creating an all-time record weekly market share.”

The console add on is expected to cost £129.99 and it will include the launch title Kinect Adventures.

It will go on sale just weeks after Sony’s new motion-sensing gaming system, the Move, goes on sale.