Video gaming is taking one big step soon with the announcement of the Microsoft Kinect motion control system for Xbox. And the beauty of this motion control system over the Wii is that there isn’t any device to to fumble around with, it is completely hands free.
The system, formerly named Project Natal, was shown off Sunday evening June 13 at the UCLA Galen Center to a hoopla of entertainment ala Cirque du Soleil. Motion control works by 2 or 3 cameras triangulating your position and then feeding your position and the position of your limbs back to the machine. In other words, you can play driving games by pretending like you are holding onto a steering wheel. You can play tennis by holding a virtual tennis racket and of course play all kinds of running and fitness games by simply running in place, no sensing mat needed.
The system is scheduled to be out by the Christmas 2010 shopping season which translates to some time in November. Of course there are always final tweeks and distribution logistics to work out before the release actually happens. Hopefully however, we will see Microsoft Kinect in time for Christmas.
In the mean time time, if you want to play free games while you are waiting, you can download all the free games you want here.