E3 2010: Project Natal renamed “Kinect,” first titles leaked, also, Star Wars

It's quite likely that Microsoft's Project Natal will be renamed “Kinect.” More news on the name change and upcoming titles for the upcoming motion-sensor add-on for the Xbox 360 are expected to arrive during Microsoft's press conference, which is taking place as we speak. Here's what we know so far.

Above: News on the name change along with details on the motion-sensor add-on's newest titles were first released on USA Today. But it looks like the article was quickly pulled to avoid spoiling the official announcement at tonight's press conference 

Is Kinect Connected to KIN?

News of the name change first posted on USA Today. But visit the article now, and all you'll see is the carcass of something that used to be a news article. Speculation over the meaning of the new name “Kinect,” leads us to KIN, a new touchscreen smart phone by Microsoft.

Kinect Titles

Here's a list of titles for Kinect based on the previously mentioned USA Today article. So far, the mainstream, casual titles have us preparing for eye-rolling titles of Wii-proportions that promise to introduce gaming to your kids and grandma. Expect more news from the press conference with more information shortly.

Kinectamals: A virtual animal sim of some sort that involves cats. We'll have to wait to see whether this will be lol-worthy or more deserving of a facepalm.

Joyride: Will steering with motion-control be funny

Kinect Sports: Boxing, bowling, volleyball, track & field, soccer, and table tennis make this sound like Kinect's answer to Wii sports.

Kinect Adventures: All we know so far is that river rafting will be part of the “adventure.”

Dance Central: A dancing/rhythm game.

UPDATE: The word from tonight's event is that there'll also be a Star Wars game which features hands-free lightsaber fighting... including a battle against Darth Vader.

Jun 13, 2010

Source: USA TodayIGN 


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  • IveGotNewSocks - June 14, 2010 3:25 p.m.

    so far all this says to me is if you liked or don't like the wii , you'll have the exact same opinion about Kinect. I'll be passing on this one.
  • RebornKusabi - June 14, 2010 3:04 p.m.

    Well, like I mentioned in the other topic even though I inserted a joke at the end to somewhat nullify the blow... this thing seriously sounds, looks and FEELS pointless. 360's Kinect (ugh...) and PS3's Move are both just not for me or other like minded gamers. Why? I already have a Nintendo Wii -_-
  • initialreactionshow - June 14, 2010 2:26 p.m.

    I think Kinect is a good game, combining "kinetic" movement with "connecting" with your Xbox 360. At the very least, it is better than the previous rumor of Wave. I want to see better games though!
  • Metroidhunter32 - June 14, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    Of course they'd start tapping the casual market, Microsoft is a company. They don't have pride, they only care about the botom line. And there's money in the grandma market.
  • washedaway - June 14, 2010 1:09 p.m.
  • db1331 - June 14, 2010 1 p.m.

  • bradmillow0 - June 14, 2010 11:13 a.m.

    Natal was a better name, but I guess Kinect is ok? I'm still really waiting for it to release as long as it gets better games than Kinectamals, Kinect Sports, and Kinect Adventures. Fable III might use it so I guess I can't wait!?
  • Eaxis - June 14, 2010 11:02 a.m.

    I'm still skeptical.
  • NanoElite666 - June 14, 2010 7:40 a.m.

    My eyes see "Kinect", but my brain wants to see "Kinetic", which I think sounds a bit better anyways. Either way, it's better than "Natal".
  • Spybreak8 - June 14, 2010 7:37 a.m.

    Just like Wii, lame name, was a cooler name and will be targeted towards not me once again. That's ok because I wasn't going to buy it anyways until the price came down or a really good game utilized it.
  • Jalygtra - June 14, 2010 7:36 a.m.

    Do I hear (wii)nect anyone?
  • batman5273 - June 14, 2010 7 a.m.

    Im glad it is not going to be called the "Wave"
  • CandiedJester - June 14, 2010 6:36 a.m.

    Haha, yeah. I have decided every time I hear "kinect" I'm just going to pretend I heard Natal instead.
  • Dondada - June 14, 2010 6:20 a.m.

    Super lame, not as lame as a name change from Revolution to Wii though.
  • nomnom52 - June 14, 2010 6:05 a.m.

    @CandiedJester: So true, so true. I really wanted Project Natal, but Kinect is such a stupid name! Maybe I'll just paint the name over or something...
  • CandiedJester - June 14, 2010 5:44 a.m.

    Natal is a MUCH better name than "kinect". Kinect sounds stupid, and extremely gimmicky. :P I think it would be wise of them to keep the name Natal, a much more mature and pleasant sounding name... Also...Oh god I hope xbox is not trying to tap into Wii's "baby and grandma" market. Please don't make me ashamed to own an xbox..PLEASE. What they SHOULD be doing is bringing the motion control functions to the people in-between, the real gamers. They should be trying to get it to work with hardcore gamers games, instead of gimmicky baby stuff. Nintendo already did that, find the un-tapped market microsoft. Find it and present them with something new and awesome, I beg of you. :P We will all appreciate it if you don't go down nintendo's road...
  • Blackout1881 - June 14, 2010 5:35 a.m.

    What a fucking abortion of a name, all I can think about is that damn LEGO type toy. God I feel ashamed to own an Xbox right now.
  • BDSLiVe - June 14, 2010 4:56 a.m.

    I am honestly awed at how easy it was to pick a good name, at least one that would be better than this one.
  • mahtehthew - June 14, 2010 4:13 a.m.

    personally I think the name sounds horrible. I really thought natal was a good name.
  • ScruffMoney - June 14, 2010 4:03 a.m.

    I want to see the big MTV-Cirque Du Soleil show, I'm watching the reaction on twitter and the results seem to be pretty positive.

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