2K announces a new Carnival Games title for Kinect

For those early Kinect adopters who were hoping to get word on core title support for Microsoft’s controller free gaming camera there is some bad news out of Take-Two this morning. 2K Play has announced that they will be bringing their very successful, but very casual, franchise Carnival Games to Kinect.

Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do will hit the Xbox 360 this April. Full press release after the break.

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Report: UK developers lead in motion controller gaming

24 January 2011 – London, United Kingdom – UK development leads the charge on Motion Controlled Gaming and in the All Formats chart.

Figures released by UKIE/GfK Chart Track show that games made by UK developers account for 42% of all units sold for Microsoft’s Kinect since its launch (the last 10 weeks, week 45/10 to week 2/11). The top title by far on Kinect is Kinect Sports, developed by Rare, with 28% of all Kinect units sold over the last 10 weeks (not including Kinect Adventures which is bundled with Kinect). UK developers also feature in the Top 5 on both the Sony Playstaion3 Move and the Nintendo Wii Motion Plus, with the UK accounting for 30% of all Move software unit sales since launch (weeks 37/10 to week 02/11).

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Johnny Chung Lee leaves Microsoft for Google

Wiimote modder and Kinect developer Johnny Chung Lee has announced on his blog that he has left Microsoft for a position on a special projects team at Google.

No word on what he will be working on, but you can check out the full post here.

Rumor: Microsoft working on official Kinect drivers and SDK for Windows

WinRumors is reporting that Microsoft is currently working on an official SDK and Kinect drivers for Windows. The information, which comes from unnamed sources “familiar with the plans”, indicates that MS will unveil the drivers and SDK in the coming months.

Considering recent comments by Steve Ballmer which indicated that Microsoft does have plans to bring Kinect to the PC at some point, this is one rumor that is most likely right on target.

Read the full report here.

Microsoft: Xbox isn’t a gaming console, it’s a entertainment center

“Xbox isn’t a gaming console. Xbox is a family entertainment center. It’s a place to socialize. It’s a place to watch TV. We have Hulu coming. It’s the only system where you are the controller. Your voice, your gestures, your body. I think about my own family. My wife used to say, ‘No, no, that’s the machine the boys use,’ and now she says, ‘Yeah, I want to go watch movies. Let’s go play the dance game. It opens up accessibility to family entertainment because with the Kinect, you control these systems with your body, with your voice. We’ve opened up the world of content in TV, movies. You just sit there and say ‘Xbox’ or ‘play movie.’ You go to your average 15-year-old boy, and he will say, ‘I’ll take an Xbox.’ I want that average 15-year-old girl as excited about the Kinect, and we haven’t done as good a job drawing in that broader set of demographics.” – Steve Ballmer, Microsoft

Microsoft has always wanted to push the Xbox to be the entertainment feature in the living room, but I really don’t see how Kinect improves what the 360 already does towards that end in any meaningful way.


Ubisoft claims to be the “leading third-party” for Kinect

“We believed in the potential of Kinect from the start and we set out of be the leading third-party publisher. It worked. But this is only the beginning for us. We’ll be bringing some of the industry’s most innovative offerings to Kinect soon, starting with Michael Jackson: The Experience, Child of Eden and others. We will have something for everyone.” – Ubisoft North America president Laurent Detoc


Pachter: Top two selling Kinect titles outsold Move’s titles by over 13:1

“About one fifth of PS3 sales included bundles with Sony’s Move controller, suggesting a modest third month (we have chosen not to subscribe to peripheral data). About half of Xbox 360 sales included bundles with Microsoft’s Kinect peripheral, as Xbox 360 Kinect console bundles outsold PS3 Move console bundles by 5:1… Microsoft announced that it has shipped 8 million Kinect units since launch (in November), which was raised from its earlier goal of 5 million. More significantly, in our view, the top two selling Kinect software titles outsold the top two Move titles by over 13:1.” – Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter


Microsoft comments on December 2010 NPD sales

2010 was the Biggest Year in Xbox History

The launch of Kinect and the debut of blockbuster games such as “Fable III” and “Halo: Reach,” propelled Xbox to the biggest year in its history in 2010. As announced at CES last week, Microsoft ended the year with 50 million Xbox 360 consoles sold worldwide since launch, 30 million active Xbox LIVE members, and 8 million Kinect sensors were sold in just the first 60 days on the market.

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Dance Paradise (Xbox360) Screenshots

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Microsoft: Kinect Hacks are “pretty cool”

“It’s pretty cool to see what the community has come up with… [Microsoft frowned upon hacking at Kinect’s launch now] We don’t see any harm in it,” – Microsoft product manager David Dennis

Cool is an understatement, and if I were Microsoft I would be taking notes. The Kinect hacks that I’ve seen are often much cooler than any official software that has been released for it so far.