Avatar Kinect chatting up Xbox 360 July 27?

"Company insiders" say new peripheral-powered communication functionality arriving next week.

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Source: A fresh story at Microsoft news and rumor site WinRumors.

What we heard: Following a rumor that Avatar Kinect would launch in May, Microsoft did not utter a word about the social-themed, Kinect-powered chat feature for the Xbox 360 during its E3 2011 media briefing last month. Now, there's a report that Microsoft is readying the new software for release next Wednesday.

It appears Avatar Kinect is chatting up next Wednesday.

According to "company insiders" speaking with WinRumors, Avatar Kinect will debut on July 27. The download, which will be free for Xbox Live Gold members, will let the Kinect read facial expressions and replicate them on Avatars in online chat rooms for up to eight people.

The official story: As off press time, Microsoft had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

Bogus or not bogus?: Hard to tell, but looking not bogus. Last month, a Microsoft representative confirmed to gaming blog Joystiq that Avatar Kinect would launch in July. And with only so many days left in the month--coupled with Microsoft's affinity to release software on Wednesdays--July 27 is a distinct possibility.

Discussion

21 comments
shnull
shnull

i have this amazing web cam on my pc which captures my facial expressions and shows them to other people i'm chatting with, in real-time nonetheless, i wish they would focus on pumping out decent games for kinect instead of this useless crap

majin_lebeau
majin_lebeau

I love my avatar too, it is as close i am getting to living in the game world

Joeshmo93
Joeshmo93

why don't they just make a regular chat room? Man, the avatar thing is just getting rediculous...

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

@wasakawaka Yeah "Milo" was one hell of an amazing tech demo, it's absence since has just reinforced my opinion it was all faked by Lionhead.

AvnKnight
AvnKnight

Is this serious? So they just made a party chat have avatars that will show the stupid faces you make? amazing... This will probaly be used rarely just like that photo party thing.

m4a5
m4a5

@wasakawaka, That project was called "Milo", and it wasn't Microsoft who was making it. I think it was LionHead... and they cancelled the project for no good reason...

wasakawaka
wasakawaka

whatever happened with that MS promise that with Kinect you could talk to an AI avatar that would respond to you? They played it pretty heavily when they were first promoting Kinect and its since disappeared.

TheIfym20
TheIfym20

I love my avatar, it's a smaller version of me. Microsoft where are getting these great ideas from?

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Urggghhhhhh. All the gear no idea. I want kinect to do something amaaaazing already, not used for 'communication'.

blackace
blackace

Nice addition, but it won't effect how I play my games. Might be interesting when playing the poker game with the avatars.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Seeing as how I work there I can tell you that without a doubt Avatar Kinect chat will be releasing this month. Actually, it might be going live this morning (July 19th) as there is a flash update happening, but I don't know exactly what's new.

Alex4789123
Alex4789123

Avatars=the worst idea Microsoft ever had. I'm still waiting for an update that lets you delete them. Edit: Never mind Microsoft didn't think of them Nintendo did there called Miis. Microsoft just copied them.

krishnaV_
krishnaV_

it could be cool, although I doubt how many of us would be using it..

IceJester45
IceJester45

This sounds cool, but I'll probably rarely use it. I never use the Kinect video chat feature, and I don't see how an avatar-based version of that could be much better.

slonekb05
slonekb05

looks bogus to me. il stick to talking on the mic

monson21502
monson21502

cant stand to talk to people when im trying to play a game.

PhazonBlazer
PhazonBlazer

Oh, I thought this was about an Avatar (the movie) game for Kinect.