Microsoft is the last game console developer to create a video game console, the Xbox. The goal was to be competitive against Nintendo and its Cube but mostly against Sony and its PS2.
After years of competitions, Microsoft tries to compete Sony and its PlayStation Move, with Kinect.
Kinect for Xbox 360, or simply Kinect was originally known by the code name Project Natal.
It’s a motion sensing input device by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 video game console.
It’s composed by:
– A webcam add-on peripheral for the Xbox 360 console, it allows users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without touching a game controller, but using gestures and spoken commands.
The main goal is increase the Xbox 360’s audience beyond its typical gamer base.
Kinect competes with the Wii Remote Plus and PlayStation Move with PlayStation Eye motion controllers.
Kinect was launched in North America on November 4, 2010, in Europe on November 10, 2010 and in Japan on November 20, 2010. Kinect can be purchased with either a 4 GB or 250 GB Xbox 360 console and Kinect Adventures.
Kinect was a real success for Microsoft; it sold an average of 133,333 units per day with a total of 8 million units in its first 60 days. And it enters in the GuinessWorld Record as the “fastest selling consumer electronics device”
Like its competitor PS Move, Kinect won an award: the 2011 MacRobert Award for engineering innovation.