E3 2011: Forza Motorsport 4 Preview - Kinect Integration and Full Video Demo

Turn 10 guides us through a gauntlet of new features, including the subtle uses of the Kinect that are designed to complement a standard controller.

When the Kinect was released last year, the launch titles used Microsoft's new hands-free motion sensor almost exclusively. But as time has gone on, we're now starting to see more and more games blending that technology with a traditional controller for some new and interesting control schemes. One of the cleverest examples has to be the upcoming Xbox 360 exclusive Forza Motorsport 4. Rather than throw in an alternate controller-free method of steering your car and calling it a day, developer Turn 10 has added a number of interesting features that use the Kinect in some unexpected ways.

Autovista is designed to let you get up close and personal with certain cars.

The big attention grabber is a mode called Autovista. In this feature, you're able to use the Kinect to walk around and examine a highly detailed selection of cars all rendered at a startling level of realism. You can walk around a car, open the door, sit inside, soak up the leather interior, and even start the engine to see how that metal beast sounds. According to game director Dan Greenawalt, the select number of cars featured in Autovista have been designed to be viewed from a "sub-six-inch" perspective, meaning you're not going to see those odd jagged edges and checkerboard textures when you zoom the camera in super close. We got to see a very early version of Autovista at last year's E3, but now, it has been fleshed out with new bells and whistles, including a number of voice-overs provided by Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson. The voice-overs focus on various points of interest for each car. In typical Clarkson fashion, he doesn't hold back; he notes that the beautiful design of the Ferrari 458 Italia is quite a departure from the manufacturer's recent efforts, one of which had the front end of "a leering idiot."

Another clever use of the Kinect is the way Forza lets you use voice recognition to take shortcuts through the elaborate user interface and menu trees. Say you're deep into the car customization screen, applying new vinyls to your car, and you suddenly feel a burning desire to go see if your most recent creation is selling well on the storefront. Simply say, "Forza Community" and the Kinect will teleport you right to the game's community hub. For a game with such extensive menus, this is certainly a neat little feature that probably won't make you want to rush out and buy a Kinect, but it will certainly offer a nice bonus for those who already have one.

We also got a chance to see some of the changes to Forza 4's Career mode, some of the changes to the community tools, and a little bit of multiplayer. You can see all of that, plus the aforementioned Kinect features, in the video below. Be sure to give it a look--it's a treasure trove of information for Forza diehards. Check it out:

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28 comments
boags24
boags24

Dude, Forza 3 was deemed better than GT5, so this will just absolutely dominate it :P

daveydc
daveydc

Hmm lot of xbox fanboys here, dont get me wrong I have an xbox, but some of you fanboys are ridiculous, it doesent look any better than gt5, Look at ps3 exclusives compared to the 360's what like GoW? who will care with Battlefield 3? Gt5 suffered from starting it too early with un-optimised code on a system the devs didnt fully understand but the updates have done a lot and gt6 will be better, to me forza 3 was boring I hope aside from trying to copy gt5's photomode whice does not look better, dont belive me google "gt5 photomode interior"

shadow551991
shadow551991

and there i was thinkin current gen is old. it is but just look at this pushed the limits. how do they do that??? it makes me think they (i mean some devs) ARE capable but sometimes they dont feel like usin it.

CIAxKillShotx
CIAxKillShotx

they said all the cars wouldn't be in the autovista

inferna_hermit
inferna_hermit

i just want to say WOOOW but it's not enough. wow great looking game , best racing game of all time but i hope autovista include all 500+ cars

jelle06
jelle06

I'm expecting more than 500 cars, but they "selected" cars for autovista. if they did all cars with autovista that would be impressive, hope they dont have like 100 cars for autovista and 400 normal. Dont follow the path of GT5.

nissanmaxima
nissanmaxima

Once this EPIC RACING GAME COMES OUT & everybody gets there hands on it. The following statement will become a fact. FORZA 4 > GT5 It looks like this is the title that will put Forza over the GT series. I will be pre-ordering this game for sure. Like yesterday LOL

megakick
megakick

FORZA MOTORSPORT > GRAND TOURISMO

Pete5506
Pete5506

The game looks fantastic

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

@ sleepnsurf "GT is the whipping boy. I guess we will have to wait 6 years to see if GT6 is better than Forza 10" . - . - . - _ . _ - True In graphics Forza looks better but you have to pay for any updates IF there are any. What GT TRIED and FAILED to do was to give people a HUGE experience. And I have to critize them for not just going for the $$$ cash cow that GT could have been if they had just copied MS and turn ten with focus and small upgrades EVERY 2 yeaers. These free updates and the amount of money they spent could have gone into Poly and Sony's pockets.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

like I told my friend, and many people here last year Forza 4 is coming in 2011 and forza 5 will be 2013 on Next Xbox. but THEN as is NOW people ignore what is going on. I told him to skip it and get forza 4, but he did not so now he is going to skip this one as he still plays Forza 3. I lol at him as he has them all around $130.00 for 2 games (tax inc) is crazy and if he would have gotten this one it would have been around $195.00 for 3 racing games 2007, 2009, 2011. in the past 4 years.

Wolfewood
Wolfewood

Oh yes...getting this on the release day..I am still playing Forza 3....

Emara95
Emara95

WOW!! this game will be 1st on best-selling game-lists when its launched :) wanted to see him exploring the car using Kinect !! must be rated 10 :) :)

Purely_Awesome
Purely_Awesome

I can't wait. The best racing series just got waaaay better.

ToyoGrip
ToyoGrip

Ohhh... I want a Xbox but i dont have the money

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

GT is the whipping boy. I guess we will have to wait 6 years to see if GT6 is better than Forza 10

Xeogua
Xeogua

Cool, I love all the creative uses of Kinect that aren't treating it like a gimmick, if more devs start doing this I might have to pick one up.

DrPhartPounder
DrPhartPounder

At least year's E3? "We got to see a very early version of Autovista at least year's E3"

Timdoggamer
Timdoggamer

love it the definitive racing game....... They kicked gt5 in the face and won this by KO

Xbox360Gamer15
Xbox360Gamer15

Can't wait...It will be cool and 100000x better then any GT game

wallywallas
wallywallas

Why is Dr. Gregory House reviewing video games?

DU0G
DU0G

Noice! Jeremy Clarkson!

DU0G
DU0G

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