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Project Natal's New Name Is Kinect

Microsoft finally officially names the Xbox 360's motion control device.

Microsoft's hands-free motion controller, which was once called Project Natal, now has an official name: Kinect.

Earlier this evening, USA Today confirmed rumors of the official branding in advance of Microsoft's Cirque Du Soleil event, which is due to air on MTV this Tuesday. As expected, the hardware publisher has since announced Kinect at the event and even demoed several of the games that will use the device.  
    
The games announced and shown thus far won't be unfamiliar to those with a Wii sitting in their entertainment center. Microsoft is set to publish a collection of sports-themed mini-games called Kinect Sports, a river-rafting title named Kinect Adventures, and a pet-training game called Kinectimals

Joy Ride, as rumored, is set to be a Kinect title and will eventually be joined by an MTV Games-developed dance game called Dance Central (which might be the rumored Harmonix-tied Kinect title). A Disney-developed and a LucasArts Star Wars game are also in the works.     
 
But most importantly, we'll be able to finally control the NXE Minority Report-style. According to USA Today, users with Kinect will be able to grab and intialize apps like Netflix with gestures. Freedom!
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Edited by Dany
Posted by Dom

the name is really lame, the purposeful misspelling make it sound like a 5 year old named it

Posted by dark_maggot

Oh wow, I just could not help but laugh...sigh.

Posted by Daveyo520

Kinect is a really stupid name. Wave did a much better job of telling you you wave your arms around. Move tells you you move. Kinect doesn't say anything about the product. Also the Wii doesn't either, but that is long past.

Posted by MisterMouse

kinect just doesnt have the same ring as natal does

Posted by EthanielRain
Posted by FluxWaveZ
Posted by Akeldama

So....$150 for shitty eye toy games and a cool UI?  

Posted by DrPockets000

Am I the only one that likes the name?  It works fine.  It's not only a deliberate misspelling of "connect", it's a combination of that word and the word "Kinetic".  Motion, connected.  Connect with the 360 through motion.  It's better than what Nintendo and Sony have for their motion control, that's for damn sure.  

Posted by President_Barackbar
@BigChief said:
" Kinect? Because poor literacy is kewl! "
I hope you're referencing what I think you're referencing!
Posted by Capum15

That sound you didn't hear a minute ago was me slamming my head into the desk and passing out.
 
But srsly nao, Natal sounded a lot better...Kinect is "Meh" as hell, and Kinectimals sounds like some horrible operating procedure.

Posted by Raven_Sword

IF this thing is priced anything above 100 dollars, then I think it might be dead in the water. While that UI stuff is cool, its not over 100 dollars cool.
Posted by snattu

http://imgur.com/XuAUP.gif    

Posted by fpsDoug

To everyone who thinks Microsoft is trying to sound cool or hip or whatever, you're completely wrong. Kinect is a portmanteau of the words "connect" and "kinetic." I really shouldn't have to explain why.

Posted by SPACETURTLE

You know what, I'm not doubting the Kinect being a good piece of hardware. But after a couple of years with the Wii, this just doesn't seem that interesting. Same goes for the PS-Move. 
 
Microsoft, Sony, I understand this is a new take and your perspective on the whole motion sensor gaming thing, but this is nothing new. Nintendo did this already back in '06.

Posted by skunk
@fpsDoug said:
" To everyone who thinks Microsoft is trying to sound cool or hip or whatever, you're completely wrong. Kinect is a portmanteau of the words "connect" and "kinetic." I really shouldn't have to explain why. "
Marketing shouldn't need explanation. They should have just stuck with Natal. It's what everyone knows it as and the name is unique enough that you don't need to think about it. Kinect, like everyone has said, sounds like microsoft trying to be "cool" and that's what 90% of the people seeing it will think. Either way, I hope we see some innovative uses for this. Better not be a bunch of move-about-like-a-goon "games".
Posted by hpv

I sure do love train wrecks.  Make sure you don't miss their presser tomorrow, you'll want to be able to tell your grandkids the story of how you watched Microsoft's Xbox brand burn to the ground live on the Internet.

Posted by EgoCheck616
@hpv said:
" I sure do love train wrecks.  Make sure you don't miss their presser tomorrow, you'll want to be able to tell your grandkids the story of how you watched Microsoft's Xbox brand burn to the ground live on the Internet. "
This.
Posted by Titl

Am i the only one who thinks Kinect is a dumb name..

Posted by Inquisitor
Kinect... Yes but how the F*** do you pronounce it, anyways?! I get there's some kind of lame AOL style speech involved but since english is not my language i'm just left puzzled by it.
Posted by TomWhitbrook

Better than Project Pregnancy, I guess.

Posted by Coldbrand

So I get to lightsaber Mickey Mouse in half?

Posted by Wright

Boy #1: "Yo dude! Let's go play some kinect sports!"
Boy #2: "Naw son, I got a hankering for a kinect adventure."
Boy #3 "Then how about we train our kinectimals?"
Boys #2&3: "GET DA F*CK OUTTA HERE!"
I think this name is silly.

Posted by RecSpec

Well, people hated the name Wii too.
 
Microsoft is off to a good start...heh.

Posted by TwoLines

Kinect? That's the worst. The worst! It should roll off the tongue, but I have to push it out of my mouth, terrible. Kinect. Name it Kctckct why don't ya?

Posted by MachoFantastico

Not impressed, I want to be cause motion controls are apparently the future of gaming but I just can't be impressed.  
 
Stupid name. 

Posted by Nogert

Sounds like something you'd find it IKEA

Posted by Death_Burnout

Still natal to me damnit!

Posted by get2sammyb

The problem with this name is, when I first read it I wasn't sure how to say it. Surely that's a big problem for a mainstream product. At least "Wii", "XBOX", "PlayStation" and all these other terrible names we have in the video game industry are kinda easy to say.
 
I was trying to say "kinetic", then I got stuck on "key-nect", finally sticking with "connect" which I THINK (though I'm still not entirely convinced) it's supposed to be.

Posted by Jeffk38uk

  Sound alright to me, I suspect whatever name it was going to get, it's going to be mocked and blasted regardless. Did we all forget we mocked the name Natal when it was first announced? 

Posted by Majkiboy
@Jeffk38uk said:
"   Sound alright to me, I suspect whatever name it was going to get, it's going to be mocked and blasted regardless. Did we all forget we mocked the name Natal when it was first announced?  "
Posted by Tennmuerti

I for one really want Natal, sorry Kinect, to succeed.
Reason:

Interactive porn games.
Posted by c1337us

I approved of the name change but they seriously fucked it up.

Posted by Insectecutor

Kinect is a pretty uncomfortable word to say. It's all spiky consonants.
 
I doubt many people will make the "kinetic" connection.
 
What a bad name.

Posted by TheChaos
@Tennmuerti said:
" I for one really want Natal, sorry Kinect, to succeed.
Reason:

Interactive porn games.
"
I approve.
Posted by illmatic19

 

  OH GOD MAKE IT STOP
Posted by Camurai

Yeah I'm not paying over 50$ for just the UI stuff, and that's all I care about (Come on, Kinectimals? Really?). Oh well, The hype was fun while it lasted. 
I'd like to punch whoever came up with "Kinect" right in the teeth. 
"Kinetic" would have been better. 
Or even "Connect". There is no reason for those two words to be combined.

Posted by Yzzerdd
@illmatic19:  GAME OVER MAN GAME OVER 
fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucccccckkkk
Posted by illmatic19
@Yzzerdd: OH GOD MAKE IT STOP
Edited by Norusdog

still not interested in this...just not into motion controls.
 
and yes I have a Wii and enjoy playing it.
 
however I play games to relax...not stand around and flail my arms and body around like a tard.
 
you guys can keep motion controls...at least until we have true VR..then let's talk motion controls.

Posted by DukeT
@Jeffk38uk We may have blasted Natal, but Kinect is probably one of the worst  names for a thing I've ever heard. This is just yet another reason why I'm not buying this crap. 
 
Also, someone totally called the name Kinectimals for a game yesterday. Good job, sir.
Posted by BeachThunder
@camozombie:  Aw, c'mon, I thought it was clever :( but yes, I do admit it does sound horrible though and it doesn't exactly look nice when written either. But who knows, there might be a game where you can virtually punch Microsoft's marketing team in the face.
Posted by Rhombus_Of_Terror

Kinect is a decent name for it, and it's pretty literal in it's function with the combination of the words "Kinetic" and "Connect".

Posted by BigChief
@President_Barackbar said:
" @BigChief said:
" Kinect? Because poor literacy is kewl! "
I hope you're referencing what I think you're referencing! "
Probably, because I AM A MAN! *punch*
Posted by Binman88

Gotta Kinectimal!

Posted by zudthespud

kinect is a stupid name. Everything that moves is kinetic, so it's basically a fancy way for them to say Microsoft Move. It doesn't connect in anyway the original 360 does so that's bullshit also. It's just a stupid marketing name.

Posted by diggylee1

Microsoft should have announced the proper name for their glorified Eyetoy camera a lot sooner than this in my opinion and that was a mistake. The Natal name has been adopted by the press and gaming public for months now. Thus making it honestly friendlier and easier to say. The way Kinect is spelled is unattractive and I don't even like to say it. Just curious to see how this does once it's released and i'm not seeing much right now.
 
My personal interest in Natal is slim to almost none now but i'll still call it Natal whenever I talk about it.
Posted by onecynicmedic

For those who are concerned about the spelling of Kinect I'm pretty sure it's a 
portmanteau for Kinetic and Connect but that's just my guess. 

Posted by Noisician

Can't wait for them to spend the whole conference trying to sell us on this Eyetoy 2.

Posted by Moonshadow101

Am I the only one on earth who actually kinda likes the name? It's Kinetic and Connect. It works.

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