After months of hype Microsoft’s Kinect has finally launched in Ireland. The motion-sensing peripheral went on sale across Europe today and is likely to be in high demand in the run up to Christmas.
The Kinect, which requires an Xbox 360 to work, tracks the full-body movements of users allowing them to play games without anything in their hands. It is clearly Microsoft’s answer to the Nintendo Wii however it uses very different technology to work; namely a number of sensors and cameras instead of a motion-sensitive controller.
The standalone Kinect device costs €150 and comes with a free game – Kinect Adventures – while a bundle including the console itself is on sale for €300. Microsoft have also promised 19 titles available in Europe before Christmas with plenty more in the pipe-line for 2011.