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Kinect For Xbox 360 Launched in India

Microsoft has launched the for Xbox 360 in India. Kinect which is a controller free gaming system allows users to play games using motions which is detected by the Sensor.

Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360

Kinect has been a huge success across with Microsoft selling over 1 million units in 10 days. Microsoft Kinect sensor standalone will sell for an estimated price of 9,990 along with "Kinect Adventures". The Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect sensor and Kinect Adventureswill be available at an estimated retail price of  22,990.

Microsoft will be selling Kinect at 150 large retail stores in 7 top cities in India including Delhi/NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Pune.

For more information about Kinect, visit our earlier post to know What is Kinect or read the Microsoft Press release here.

Microsoft Sells 1 Million Kinect for Xbox In 10 Days

There is no doubt that Microsoft is big in the operating system market and . However, they also have another huge cash cow in the form of Xbox 360, the gaming console. It looks like it now has another one in the form of .

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Since it’s launch 10 days ago, Microsoft has sold over 1 million units of the Kinect and are claiming to sell about 5 million units by the end of this year. With Black Friday coming up next week and the holiday season to follow, their claim will definitely come true.

Microsoft’s Kinect is in direct competition to the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation Move by Sony, which is available on the Xbox rival PS3. Microsoft also recently announced that the more than 25 million Xbox LIVE members have spent more than 1 billion hours on the service a month, an average of over 40 hours per member.

Microsoft Kinect sensor is available for purchase for $149.99 with an Xbox bundle starting at $299.99.

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Buy/Pre-Order Microsoft Kinect For $149

Microsoft will be shipping their gaming accessory called Microsoft Kinect on November 2. Microsoft Kinect is a new XBox add-on which will bring motion sensor gaming to Microsoft’s gaming device.

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If you are keen to know more about Microsoft Kinect, read our earlier post about What Microsoft Kinect is, Details and more. However, if you have already and are looking to get your hands on the device,   you will have to wait until November 2nd. However, you can start pre-ordering the Kinect bundle for Xbox or also pre-order the Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle.

Amazon is selling both the standalone Kinect bundle and Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle on their site, you can use the links below to pre-order your choice of Microsoft Kinect.

Amazon is also selling several Kinect Games which are available for pre-orders on the site. You can also purchase or pre-order Microsoft Kinect from the Microsoft Store by visiting store.microsoft.com.

Microsoft Announces Kinect Prices And Xbox 360 4Gb Console

Today, in a press release Microsoft announced the new Xbox 360 4 GB console and the pricing scheme for the Kinect. The new 4 GB variant of the Xbox 360 console will feature inbuilt Wi-Fi N support, touch-sensitive buttons,Xbox 360 and 4 GB of internal flash storage. The Xbox 360 4 GB variant will begin shipping on August 3, with a price tag of $199.99.

“Kinect for Xbox 360 offers tremendous entertainment value for the whole family,” said Dennis Durkin, Xbox 360 chief operating officer. “With full body, voice and the ability to play games with your friends right out of the box, Kinect is the most unique, complete and affordable way for everyone to enjoy controller-free fun and entertainment.”

Along with this, Microsoft also announced the price point of the Kinect. Existing Xbox 360 owners can purchase a Kinect add-on pack with Kinect Adventuresfor $149.99. A bundle of the Xbox 360 4 GB console, Kinect Sensor and the Kinect Adventurewill be sold for $299.99 to the general public.

The Kinect Adventure pack will let users play  20 adventuresby navigating, ducking, jumping, and dodging obstacles without the need of a controller, or a balance board.

The Kinect Adventure

Here is the link to the full press release.

More Windows 8 Details: Get Ready For Kinect Like Facial Recognition

Just a few hours back, we reported that confidential Windows 8 documents have been leaked. The leaked documents gave us an early glimpse of Microsoft’s plans for the successor to the highly successful Windows 7. Among the discussed features was facial recognition.

Now, Manan Kakkar has revealed some more specifics. As it turns out, Microsoft is planning to provide a very Kinect like experience on Windows systems. The idea is that your PC should be able to automatically recognize you and log you into the correct account, when you approach the system. Similarly, when you leave your PC, Windows should be able to detect this and automatically go to sleep. Microsoft is aptly calling this concept My PC Knows Me.

Here are the concept diagrams shared by Manan.

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Before you get too excited, remember that Windows 8 is still a long way off. And if the Longhorn fiasco has taught us anything, it is that Windows’ feature list can be extremely flexible.

Microsoft Employee Says Kinect Buggy and Not A Wii Killer

Ok, go slow and take this with a big pinch of salt, this may not be true at all, but no one has used the extensively, so this cannot be untrue too right now.

Microsoft Kinect Xbox 360

One of our posts made it to the N4G home page recently, and while browsing through the comments on the post (comment #4 by mricecreamman), I saw something interesting which says that there might be some problems with the sensors right now.

Kinect Problem Comment

Here is the comment text from the image above (emphasis added):

i work for microsoft here in out west and gotta say it’s pretty fun, but it’s not a wii killer. if too many people is around the sensor it becomes non responsive and sometimes it has latency. this is just a replica of when sony came out with the eyetoy..which it didn’t do so well.

Now there are a few things here, the person in question says that the Kinect is pretty fun but not a Wii killer. I have to agree with that fact, because Wii is in a different league altogether. Wii is for fun gaming, exercising, dancing, playing Mario and more and not for playing Call of Duty, for which you will of course use the Xbox 360. Wii in itself has a cult status amongst its users for motion gaming.

Another important point this person brought up was the fact that if too many people crowd around the device sensor it become non responsive and has latency, so this means that the device is definitely not ready for house parties yet and is a bit buggy. Once again, this might be a non-issue when Kinect actually comes out on November 4. Another aspect of this claim is that neither has Microsoft demoed Kinect with a crowd and neither will be there games which will require lot of people to be near the sensor at once.

This issue might not be a big issue at all, however, it could be a problem when you have a crowd around or maybe use the Kinect to play Wii like games :).

Last but not the least, the person compared the device to EyeToy, a digital camera device which Sony came out with for the PS2 which used computer vision and gesture recognition to process images taken by the camera. Now, no Microsoft employee would like to compare their own device with, but like I said it could just be an anonymous person out there. With 100K plus employees you will always get one who does not like the product or place they work for.

Based on the comment by the person, it is fairly OK to say that even if this is true, I never had a doubt in my mind that Kinect would kill the Wii, it would take a real long time for them to do it. However, more importantly the sensor issue (if it exists) still has almost 4+ months to be fixed, so by November 4 you might not even see those issues. However, what if Microsoft can’t fix it or not live up to the expectations they have build up?

Play With Kinect For Xbox 360 At Microsoft Stores

Microsoft had unveiled (What is Kinect?) at the event earlier this month. Though Kinect is scheduled to be released on November 4, Microsoft has announced that Kinect will be available to test and play around with at 4 Microsoft stores in the US.

Play Kinect at Microsoft Stores

If you walk into a Microsoft Store in San Diego, Arizona, California or Colorado, you will be able to play games using accessory for Xbox 360. The above picture is from Microsoft’s San Diego store opening where a user played using hand movements.

Kinect for Xbox 360 is also available for sale at the official Microsoft Store. The accessory for Xbox 360 will sell at $149.

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First Microsoft Kinect Ads Hit YouTube In A Big Way

I just spotted Microsoft advertising on in a literally big ad. Microsoft have bought an ad which stretches through the width of YouTube and spans across almost the full first scroll.

Though I did not spot this ad on regular videos, I did spot this on a video I was searching for but was removed from YouTube. Feast your eyes on the first ads of below.

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By the way, clicking the ad will take you to the official Xbox page on YouTube which can be viewed here. Learn more about Kinect or Pre-order it on GameStop.

Update: You can also view these ads when you visit Youtube.com

Microsoft Kinect Priced $149 on GameStop

Microsoft just announced that would go on sale starting November 4th, however, they did on reveal the price of the device at the E3 2010 event.

Microsoft Kinect Price

Turns out that GameStop already has the Kinect for Xbox 360 listed on it’s site and the price according to GameStop at-least for the Microsoft Kinect is $149. GameStop also has an elite bundle of Kinect Elite Bundle for $399 and Kinect Arcade Bundle for $299.

GameStop is also allowing pre-orders on Kinect, however, the device will only start shipping on November 4, 2010. Check out all the Kinect pricing at GameStop here.

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Microsoft Kinect To Be Launched On November 4

Microsoft has confirmed that which was earlier known as Project Natal will launch at retail stores this year in November. Microsoft unveiled Kinect to the world and demoed how the motion controller device would change the dynamics of gaming.

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Microsoft Kinect will be available for the Xbox 360 platform starting November 4 2010. However, Microsoft has not yet revealed price details at their keynote at E3 2010.

If you are clueless about Microsoft Kinect, you can read our detailed description on What is Microsoft Kinect or watch some videos of Microsoft Kinect in action.