Project Natal's New Name Is Kinect

Posted by BradNicholson (1556 posts) -
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!
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (1556 posts) -
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!
#2 Edited by Suxxorz (41 posts) -

bam
 
The games sound rather eh, but the UI stuff sounds kinda cool.  Pricing might be an issue.

#3 Posted by BurningStarIV (31 posts) -

holy shit

#4 Posted by DCFGS3 (1084 posts) -

Yay for natal? I liked natal better

#5 Posted by BagSquad (142 posts) -

$190

#6 Posted by Delorean (60 posts) -

Kinectimals...god, really?

#7 Posted by Molenator85 (247 posts) -

Man misspelling words to make them sound "hip"  really pisses me off.

#8 Posted by BradNicholson (1556 posts) -

Just a bit of house-cleaning, guys.

#9 Posted by viscous24601 (16 posts) -

meh, still better than wii

#10 Edited by gunslingerNZ (1955 posts) -

Oh, so that was a real press image? I thought it was a dorky photoshop lol.
 
@ArkhamNights said:

" Kinectimals...god, really? "

Unfortunately yeah... They should really have just called the thing 'Kinetic' that sounds heaps better.
#11 Posted by Blair (2548 posts) -

Bananas.  Kinect is a weak name that isn't catchy enough.  If it's $190 they're in trouble.

#12 Posted by rargy (448 posts) -

Are they driving or dancing?

#13 Posted by TripMasterMunky (2523 posts) -

Man I hate video games.

#14 Posted by TadThuggish (968 posts) -

Nice to know we'll have another Eyetoy that may be fun to use for an hour or so at a drunken party, then put away to be forgotten about forever.

#15 Posted by BigChief (513 posts) -

Kinect? Because poor literacy is kewl!

#16 Posted by bcjohnnie (456 posts) -

Wow guys... I've been in a coma since 2006 and this idea of using motion control to play simplified versions of sports games and other shitty minigames sounds awesome!!! Where do I sign up?

#17 Posted by JoelTGM (5782 posts) -
@Molenator85 said:
" Man misspelling words to make them sound "hip"  really pisses me off. "
I think it's pretty kool.
#18 Posted by Diamond (8678 posts) -
@rargy said:
" Are they driving or dancing? "
Both
#19 Posted by Dustpan (1781 posts) -

Natal was a way better name.

#20 Posted by illmatic19 (971 posts) -

Yeah, I now have no excitement for Natal any more.

#21 Posted by Poki3 (555 posts) -
#22 Posted by CactusWolf (533 posts) -

Terrible.

#23 Edited by Dany (8018 posts) -

Fantastic.

#24 Posted by Molenator85 (247 posts) -
@DOUBLESHOCK said:
" @Molenator85 said:
" Man misspelling words to make them sound "hip"  really pisses me off. "
I think it's pretty kool. "
Yeah, I mean I don't know what else they could call it, Kinect is family friendly enough I guess.
#25 Posted by Fripplebubby (1050 posts) -

Daayum, what was wrong with Natal?

#26 Posted by TooWalrus (13305 posts) -

Well. Fuckin' shit.

#27 Posted by CoolDrMoney (2018 posts) -
@ArkhamNights said:
" Kinectimals...god, really? "
That's just about the dumbest name for anything ever
#28 Posted by SSully (4585 posts) -
@viscous24601 said:
" meh, still better than wii "
 
How is it any different from the wii? The games listed sound like the same crappy casual mini games that the wii is all about.
#29 Posted by Dany (8018 posts) -

I see two cameras....a sensor and a led light...

#30 Posted by Ghostfish (242 posts) -

I think it's some weird portmanteau of "kinetic" and "connect."

#31 Posted by Xeiphyer (5678 posts) -

All I want is a K'NEX game for my Kinect.

#32 Posted by TheMasterDS (2363 posts) -

That's worse than Natal. Still though, Kinect Adventure is its own game? Like, you have to pay 60 dollars for it? And it comes in a box? Sounds more like a Wii Sports minigame that's worth 2 dollars. Still, that's the magic of motion controls, aye? You can package a shitty minigame for 50 dollars.

#33 Posted by Hughes (423 posts) -

Meanwhile, the inventors of K'Nex are fuming.

#34 Posted by glitznglam_style (112 posts) -

I liked Natal. But nothing will make me spend $100+ to play these shitty games. Where's the killer app? Looks like a bunch of expected shovelware. Gee, thanks, Microsoft. 
 
Sure, the interface shit looks cool, but not $100+ cool. 
 
No thanks, you can keep this, Microsoft. And Sony can keep move, too. Here's to both failing miserably.
#35 Posted by Siphillis (1334 posts) -

Kinectimals?  Makes me want to go back to AFRIKA BABY!!!

#36 Posted by orchid413 (2 posts) -

The games sound like total ass...but hands free control for netflix and such sounds awesome. But is it really worth the price?!!! 
#37 Posted by Bouz (105 posts) -
@JustTheDoctor said:
" Natal was a way better name. "
It gets confused with pregnancy to often I bet. 
#38 Posted by Damien (1378 posts) -

I'm kinda okay with this.  It's not like the name will have a lasting effect on the actual experience.  If that experience is good and fun, then the name is inconsequential.  I also have serious doubts Microsoft would send it out to die at $190.  I just can't see them having that be the price.

#39 Edited by dudeglove (8969 posts) -

At least you could pity it initially because it had a baffingly stupid name beforehand. Now it's just a stupid name.

#40 Posted by Dysnomia (682 posts) -

POOR LITERACY IS KEWL

#41 Posted by jonnyboy (2867 posts) -

Kinect? Of course that sounds less stupid than Natal.
 
When you think about how much the team was paid that is responsible for this shit, I could make a non-sense, vaguely European sounding word for half of what they charged.

#42 Posted by Fortenium (110 posts) -

*sigh* Why do companies always downgrade codenames? 
 
We went from Revolution to Wii. 
 
Now we are going from Natal (an original and interesting title) to Kinect.

#43 Posted by freakin (404 posts) -

That bodysuit demo on Jimmy Fallon awhile ago kinda killed any excitement I had for... hey what's this new Kinetic thing?

#44 Posted by WiqidBritt (582 posts) -

Kinect-only games aren't really the ones I'm interested in... though I am curious about the star wars game

#45 Posted by MannAlive (160 posts) -
@Molenator85 said:
" Man misspelling words to make them sound "hip"  really pisses me off. "
You can't misspell a name.  I can't accuse you of misspelling Molenator.  It's obviously a blend of the words "kinetic" and "connect" and after the way I got used to Wii after laughing at it, I say go ahead and name anything whatever you want.
 
Kinect is so much better than what it could have been and by making up a word they can stand out and trademark it and whatever.  I'm fine with this.  I might even like it.
#46 Posted by rargy (448 posts) -

Tomorrow they will announce that you can use your Kin phone as a controller!

#47 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19809 posts) -
#48 Posted by Molenator85 (247 posts) -
@MannAlive said:
" @Molenator85 said:
" Man misspelling words to make them sound "hip"  really pisses me off. "
You can't misspell a name.  I can't accuse you of misspelling Molenator.  It's obviously a blend of the words "kinetic" and "connect" and after the way I got used to Wii after laughing at it, I say go ahead and name anything whatever you want.  Kinect is so much better than what it could have been and by making up a word they can stand out and trademark it and whatever.  I'm fine with this.  I might even like it. "
I guess, it just seems a little faceless to me. I didn't really understand the inspiration behind Natal, but it was pretty unique. Personally I would have went with Awesome Motion Box 500+!
#49 Posted by HitmanAgent47 (8553 posts) -

Not digging the new name, still whatever.

#50 Posted by ashogo (952 posts) -

I have a feeling this will bomb. Hard.
It's trying way too hard to emulate the wii.

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