Avatar Kinect to be unveiled at CES?

Leaked slides appear to reveal new feature to be unveiled at this week's electronics convention; speculation indicates avatar control via bodily movements.

Source: See below.

What we heard: Tomorrow night, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will show off his company's latest wares at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Though his emphasis is typically on the Windows operating system, there is a portion of the presentation dedicated to Microsoft's console gaming venture, the Xbox 360.

Xbox Live avatars may soon be ready to Kinect. Image credit: Glimpse Dog.

Now, it appears that one of the surprises for the games section may have been blown. Gaming blog Glimpse Dog has published what appears to be a slide for a new service called "Avatar Kinect" being shown on a screen during a rehearsal for Microsoft's CES stage presentation.

Though no supplemental information was available, the slide does show Xbox Live avatars jumping and squatting, implying that they will be able to be controlled with bodily movements. Currently, avatars can only be controlled with Kinect inside games such as Kinect Adventures. Avatar Kinect may then be something much like PlayStation Home, where players' avatars can interact with one another outside of games.

The official story: Microsoft declined to comment.

Bogus or not bogus?: Likely not bogus. The photo of the stage setup is convincing, because it features a laptop-covered table similar to the centerpiece of Microsoft's stage show last year. Regardless, with Microsoft's presentation just over a day away, the wait to see what's in store shouldn't be too long.

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D3thN1gh7
D3thN1gh7

I kinda think this is just a ridiculous idea but I guess there are some who would find it fun. But I really don't see much of a point in it.

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

@badtaker uhuh... sorry but I don't follow what your saying... are you trying to say that you think MS are deliberately releasing kinect games instead of core exclusives simply to disapoint core console fans?? otherwise I have no idea what you mean. To anyone who actually has a kinect you will agree that it has in no way taken over the 360 experience, it has its own neat little menu for Kinect features but the core 360 menu, system and experience is still there, its just an added extra, 1 step closer to making 360 the all round essential piece of tech that it is

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@drytal Exactly. When we can all play together regardless that will be a fine day. But i doubt it will ever happen due to the greed of the businessmen in suits. I'd love cross-compatibility, it'd be awesome. But I'm not getting my hopes up. I understand you're point, but Microsoft have gone down the "family friendly" track with kinect. They need to crank it up a bit - then I wouldn't have an argument.

badtaker
badtaker

@DCUltrapro: i am not telling 360 doesn't have core any exclusives but since kinect has launced everytime 360 gamers expects core exclusive from M$ but M$ always end up news with kinect game :lol:

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

@badtaker And yet... no one cares! sigh Dude the 360 has plenty of "core" games, multiplat and exclusive. Makes me laugh how the moment something is posted about the 360 or kinect these days all you get is ps3 owners rattling on about how bad they think it is. Sour Grapes me thinks? Anyway back on topic I can't wait for a nice big dump of kinect titles to start hitting, theres a good few core ones on the way including Project Draco, Haunt and a fews others, Star Wars and Child Of Eden, all looking pretty good so far, so theres plenty to be excited about and the 8million user base will only serve as a reminder to developers that the Kinect is growing

badtaker
badtaker

every time M$ says they are announcing a new game 360 gamers expecting core games and then get disappointed :lol: It's like having a console and waiting and begging for exclusives core exclusives from M$ and playing multiplats :lol:

Vul0
Vul0

would everybody stop saying that kinect is oh so inovative. ps2 had eye toy years ago. and it tracked your body movement and stuff. kinect just improved it and made it better. i' ve got kinect and move. and I don't use any of them actually. I just really wanted them wheen they came out, but now I'm really dissapointed in the lack of quality games. or games in general.

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

I thought Avatar the movie the game gonna work on Kinect. I thought wth, how is that going to work jumping on furniture? and where are you going to get a huge tree to climb. jk

advanracer
advanracer

AVATAR Kinect? hmmm..great..i can have Avatar Kinect group 6 in Private.

okassar
okassar

Hacking the Kinect alone is worth the 150 dollars :) It's a great piece of technology, can't wait for actual good games to come out. Right now I'm stuck with Kinect Adventures and I refuse to buy the rushed junk that composes the few titles out so far.

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

Yeah that looks legit to me. Pretty obvious really that they would let Kinect owners manipulate their avatars directly using their own body motions and gestures etc. In fact, didn't they show basically that at the E3, or whatever show it was, where they revealed Kinect. Remember this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKJBTA6urt8&feature=related I don't think it will be as sophisticated as letting you walk around in a 3D environment or anything like that however.

calum1984
calum1984

@thenephariouson your point is invalid about not being able to see tv screen because pc has had the tech to do that for years go youtube and look up TrackIR. It tracks head movement to control your characters head ingame you can adjust the sensitivity of how much you move the ingame head when you move your own. E.g move your head slightly to the left but still being able to keep eyes on tv moves your head fully to the left looking over shoulder. Now here is the problem kinect cant track head movement, forza 4 does that by leaning whole body left and right to control head movement. The guy is also wrong saying feet control accel and brake, you dont control any of that via kinect, all you do is steer with kinect the game auto accelerates and brakes for you. Its put in for the noobs with all the assist on in forza not for the hardcore crowd, im afraid people will have to wait for either TrackIR features for kinect or steel battalions release.

Ryuojinn
Ryuojinn

The explosion of digital preteens t-bagging each other. Brought to you by microsoft...

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@Dominicobaggio, Its really quite simple, once seated: Accelerate = Simply push down your right foot. Brake = Simply push down your left foot (or even move right foot across to brake then push). Steering = simply move hands in required motion. Looking out of Side Windows = Rotate head in required Direction (as you would in real life) Looking out of Rear window = Sorry but thats what i thought the Rear View Mirror was for. This is not 'Kineticars', this is Forza4 (Kinect 'Optional'). "** Disclaimer** Microsoft doesnt take any responsibility for the fact that when you turn your head you wont be able to see your tv anymore" Oh, you mean in the same way as you wouldnt be able to see out of your windscreen in real life?

Dominicobaggio
Dominicobaggio

Imagine playing a racing game where you can turn your hands instead of a controller. Imagine turning your head to look out of the side windows and behind you in the car. Imagine jogging on the spot to make your car go faster Imagine waving your left leg around to brake. You dont have to imagine, its reality soon with kineticars by microsoft. ** Disclaimer** Microsoft doesnt take any responsibility for the fact that when you turn your head you wont be able to see your tv anymore, or that waving your leg around isnt very cool or fun. Or that having a steering wheel is actually a lot more like driving then not having one. ** disclaimer ends**

Marky360
Marky360

This seems like it would be sort of a hassle I've walked around PS Home and it's pretty large I couldn't imagine a Xbox 360 version where you would actually have to walk to each area using Kinect seems like you would get tired of playing.

hordaak
hordaak

I have to laugh when people actually think the kinnect (or the move) was made to be used with hardcore games. First of off, they both were made to open a new world in gaming. You like it you buy it. if not, don't. Hardcore games will be still made with the intent of using the standard controller. with that said, the new games to be made with both the kinnect and move will take alot of imagination to get right. the kinnect is more innovative and submersive in its approach. for example, when you play volleyball, you just naturally move around, bump the ball with both hands, and get this...JUMP when you spike. the move, well, you need two s e x toy controllers to play archery. then, you have to get the nunchuck copy to play another game. kinnect's approach may make people question the lack of a button, but when you play volleyball or soccer...do you need a button? or bowling for that matter? the motion control revolution is not meant to replace the standard controller, but rather to open a new world in gaming so all the hardcore talk is just foolish. The wii started it with their controller and it was a success. the move just copies the way the wii works (with some depth involved). the kinnect takes it farther with total body movement interaction (kicking, jumping, all limbs digitized and tracked) so therefore IMO the kinnect is the winner and the future of this genre. oh, PS3 fanboys can suck it, thanks.

NND1
NND1

Those games I would not like to see on 360

blackace
blackace

-Snooze- Rather have some exclusive games, thanks. ******************************************************** I agree. Microsoft is suppose to have their conference today, so we'll see what they show. I'd like to see more exclusives for Kinect and the XBox 360. Just a small sample of exclusives I'd like to see include Shenmue 3, Crimson Skies 2, MechAssault 3, Links 2011, Perfect Dark Zero 2 and Killer Instinct 3. If they brought these 6 titles out in one year that would peak gamers interest a lot.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@usarmyjon13f, You know something, i really wish everyone had the same view. Competition is healthy, and promotes evolution.

Rhino53
Rhino53

geez, avatars are a waste of time and money

usarmyjon13f
usarmyjon13f

I have all three systems and I love them all. Yes Move is similar to Wii but Sony has hardcore games that Wii doesnt. Wii has more family oriented games like Mario and Donkey Kong which I love. Xbox has the Kinect which at this point in time has so much potential but no hardcore games out for it. Fanboys should rejoice at the level of competition there is in the market right now. Its only going to make all three systems better.

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

i've only tried kinect for a few seconds and it seems cool..but it's a little behind on the response time. that's my only complaint. though i guess the technology can only improve. -poop

daniel_droid
daniel_droid

@ParisSun because they are jealous of the kinect and the xbox 360 and also have nothing to do!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@scotwolf, "i have played 5 minutes or so on adventures and is in my opinion very similar to the Wii play, i was knackered runing,jumping,squating etc too much for me i prefer good old sit down with controller." I admit i agree with you on this one, although Kinect is a fantastic piece of technology (and does indeed work extremely well), i gotta say that although i love Dance Central, Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures, i stop playing not because im bored, but simply because im knackered. I only hope that dev's take note that although full body motion games are indeed great fun (and unique), they must also be well balanced in order to be more appealing, as after returning home from a hard days work, i simply cant be bothered joining my G/F in a Dance Battle, id much rather sit & chill with controller in hand. Although saying this, i believe Turn 10 are making Forza4 Kinect Compatible in the sense that you can steer and even look around simply by moving your head, to me this is the best of both worlds. Im really optomistic about what we will see once Devs become more familier with this technology.

-Snooze-
-Snooze-

Rather have some exclusive games, thanks.

ParisSun
ParisSun

Why do PS3 fanboys respond to things that in no way concern them?

kvan33
kvan33

OMG! Kinect just got 0.00000001% better!

squidracerX
squidracerX

this announcement will push Kinect to sell 30 million units easy! EPIC! The only thing that could beat this would be standing in front of a large mirror watching your REAL self do the same movements that you do.

oneligas
oneligas

Shouldn't every Kinect game allow you to replace the characters with Avatars

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

Original....., they should of done this in the first place, Nintendo did it from day one with Wii sports and even Mariokart.

shkar
shkar

gonna make some censored avatar statures and MOVEments if you know what I mean.....

EliteNamedSteve
EliteNamedSteve

I thought it was about blue people and I wanted to laugh at a future horrible movie-game... oh well, this is still useless and not worth money.

hakjie11
hakjie11

It should be interesting if they use it in waiting lobbies/rooms before a game counts down before the launching. Then I would have a visual reference of the talking trash guy over the microphone.

oneligas
oneligas

Does Kinect even have a game rated E10 or over? I think if got Kinect it would be covered in dust and only a remote for the xbox so i can be lazy and not press the on and off button. the worst part is my Xbox Live friends would see me sitting in my dungeon in my boxers playing Xbox, scary sight lol

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

@guildclaws, me too lol

guildclaws
guildclaws

i thought this was about Avatar the 2009 film

63subzero
63subzero

i look forward to the day when all of you "hardcore" gamers buy a kinect, not due to you wanting one, but because your kid asked for it =P. though it would be pretty damn funny if you ended up enjoying yourselves while playing it haha.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

It still surprises me that people don't get it. Sometimes. . just sometimes, there are people who will like things you don't. For instance, you supposed "hardcore" gamers (whatever the hell that means)? You need to come to grips with the fact that Kinect has shown itself to be popular. Maybe not for you. Maybe NEVER for you. . but for others? Yeah. I know each and every one of us likes to believe the world centers around. . well. . us. . but the fact of the matter is. . it doesn't.

nparks
nparks

I think the word "Avatar" has been redefined in English to mean "Substanceless Hype". I mean, first that Cameron thing, and now this. I did like The Last Airbender, though. The cartoon, not the movie. The movie was garbage.

evaneself
evaneself

Sooo stupid! I can not believe that there are so many followers.

pszone
pszone

who cares about that i still like my avatars for ps3 willl always

scotwolf
scotwolf

might be fun making rude gestures etc to your gamers on your friends list. re kinnect - i bought the kinect for my daughters for xmas. i gotta say it works well and seems responsive, they love playing kinectimals,dance central and adventures. i have played 5 minutes or so on adventures and is in my opinion very similar to the Wii play, i was knackered runing,jumping,squating etc too much for me i prefer good old sit down with controller. i hope they don't just add kinect to games and also don't just release party games like the Wii as this is only used rarely for mario/zelda and goldeneye etc now. i am not being down on kinnect i think only time will tell, the games will make or break it, but additions on the dashboard like this add a little bit more fun. my neighbour got the ps3 move and again this played well but his feelings are same as mine re kinnect.....the games have to be good or both may gather dust. not a fan boy i appreciate good video games on any console.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

I will be getting Kinect this year thats for sure....... There are some great games coming for it this year (SteelBattalion Heavy Armor, Project Draco, Codename D, and a sequal to Mr/Mis PacMan!) Plus non Kinect gamers have crap loads to look at for Xbox360 as well: Codename Kingdoms from Crytek Gears of War 3 from Epic games Splinter Cell 6: In the works and confirmed by Ubisoft for Xbox360 Forza Motosport 4 from Turn10 XCOM from 2K Games And these are just the games we know off all of them exclusives to Xbox360..... Rare software has already confirmed they have both a Kinect game, and non Kinect game one of which will involve Banjo Kazooie, Plus Lionhead has also confirmed they will have a Kinect enabled RPG like Fable 3 ready for next year........... Whats not too like about both Kinect and the Xbox360 platform as a whole? Glad I came back.