Project Natal Officially Renamed "Kinect", More Games Revealed

There's no need for conjecture; Microsoft's upcoming motion control peripheral, once known as Project Natal, is now to be officially known as "Kinect".

"For lots of people, that controller is a barrier," Microsoft creative director Kudo Tsunoda told USA Today. "We set out to make a new control paradigm where anybody can get in and play, without having to read the instructions or learn a complicated set of controls."

In addition to the rebranding, a number of Kinect titles were also revealed in the USA Today report, including a Star Wars game from Lucasarts, a Disney game, a dance title from MTV (interesting), a pet-training title, a Wii Sports clone called "Kinect Sports" (which we believe Rare is developing), an adventure sports game, and as expected, the return of Joyride as a motion-controlled game.

So goodbye, Project Natal. You were a strange name, but we grew to love you in a way we can't see ourselves copying with something as stupid as "Kinect".

UPDATE - Here's a shot from the floor of the Kinect-focused performance by Cirque du Soleil.

Microsoft Kinect gets into motion [USA Today]


    Is that top picture for real?

    I think I preferred Project Natal. Kinect Just sounds???? Gay. Dyslectic Marketers are the first into the killing pits when I take over the world, well after the Jonas brothers and Hanson.

      you are so right with the name exept instead of calling it projet natal they should have just called it natal. and with the killing pits you musn't forget justin bieber

    lame. oh so very, very lame.

    The main people that the controller is a barrier to, the physically disabled, Kinect doesn't really address in any way as yet.

    Soon every xbox 360 owner will be able to Kinect with the inner unco

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