Microsoft's Kinect Revealed - Formerly Project Natal

Posted on June 14, 2010 by
Microsoft's Kinect Revealed - Formerly Project Natal

“For lots of people, that controller is a barrier. 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.” – creative director Kudo Tsunoda

“They [Nintendo] 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.” – Microsoft’s Marc Whitten


- Train, play with 20 virtual cats
- Lion, cheetah, tiger


- Racing game
- Hold hands like a steering wheel
- Use body to carry out jumps and tricks
- Pull hands towards you, push back for an acceleration boost

Kinect Sports

- 6 activities
- Boxing, bowling, beach volleyball, track and field, soccer, table tennis
- Serve volleyball like you would in real life
- Can kick the ball or do a header in soccer

Kinect Adventures

- River-raft time trial
- Obstacle course
- 4 players
- 2 players for the raft, lean one way or another to steer
- Jump to reach special areas for more points

Dance Central

- Developed by MTV Games

Micorosft/LucasArts/Disney games

- Star Wars and Disney characters