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Microsoft To 'Triple' Its Kinect Game Portfolio This Year
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With Kinect enjoying an installed user base of millions, Microsoft has declared that it's set to up its game in terms of support for the motion-tracking device with 'triple' the number of games in the Kinect portfolio before the year is out.

"Between now and the end of the year, the Kinect game portfolio is expected to triple its current number of games with new titles," reads an excerpt from a press release posted on the Official Microsoft Blog, which also trumpets the platform holder's strong NPD figures for April 2011.

Apparently, there are 26 Kinect games currently available, with a further 26 in development. Does that mean therefore, that Microsoft has a further 26 titles yet to be announced? If it's planning to make good on its claims of tripling its Kinect game output, then expect Microsoft to announce a raft of Kinect titles in the coming months.

"We've seen some of the media start to ask the question, 'When are we going to see more Kinect games coming?'," Microsoft Product Manager David Dennis told Joystiq. "As we sat there and looked at it we realised we've got a lot of games coming and we're going to show a lot of them at E3."

So, expect a huge E3 for Microsoft this year as far as Kinect is concerned. But what of the device's neglected core audience? Will MS address this? Apparently, it will: "We know that the core took Xbox and made it the home for core games, whether they're first-party games or third-party games. We would certainly never leave that audience behind," Dennis said. "So for us and for Phil [Spencer] and the folks over at MGS, it's not about deprioritising one or the other. It's about how we go big on any and all: Go big on Kinect games; go big on core games."

Plenty of core games from Microsoft at E3 2011, then? It looks like it. "We certainly expect to have a big E3 and we're saving a lot of our cards until then," Dennis concluded. Exciting stuff!


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Comment #2 by Mr Plow
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 05:23:06 AM
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Kinrct Star Wars! But I wonder what will be the lightsaber?

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Comment #3 by Calib4n
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 05:24:04 AM
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The lightsaber will be... YOU KNOW.

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Comment #4 by WonderCaliban
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 05:33:36 AM
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Quantity does not equal quality. Look at the Wii.

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Comment #5 by plebster
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 05:33:36 AM
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@3 If so I hope theirs no local multiplayer duals 8/

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Comment #6 by Casper Jazz
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 05:36:49 AM
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Until they start releasing games for Kinect that involve more than shuffling a dinghy left or right, I really couldn't give a toss!

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Comment #7 by Sol76
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 05:38:45 AM
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26 games currently available ?
That many ?

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Comment #8 by ReD S1X
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 05:59:07 AM
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I'll wait till there's any game that i want or till the price dropped.

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Comment #9 by Baihu1983
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 06:14:21 AM
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Looking forward to Child Of Eden.

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Comment #10 by Contender19
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 06:25:28 AM
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kinect, move, and wii all garbage... just stick to a controller really it's more fun anyway.. if i want to move i'll go outside and play basketball or something

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Comment #11 by UberPirateNinja
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 06:29:12 AM
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they should release a cleaning accessory for kinect, as mine is just covered in dust, even my kids can't be bothered with it anymore.

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Comment #12 by FishyOutOfWater
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 06:33:24 AM
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Triple the shit, then?

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Comment #13 by 123abc
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 06:47:04 AM
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im so glad i decided not to buy a kinect because there will never be any great games like cod or la noire on it

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Comment #14 by GDMFS0AB
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 06:53:46 AM
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My friend plays killzone 3 on this ps move. He also plays tiger woods masters with ps move!

Yes it has a peripheral, but still I want to play hardcore game with kinect. I sold mine because of this factor.

I want to play cod, bf, golf with it. I don't want to go into my local game store and see the only options are fantastic pets & Mel B's work out. Oh let's not forget the 5* title which is Zumba!

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Comment #15 by Hurball
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 07:10:37 AM
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Whilst I wasn't ever going to rush out and buy Kinect, it was a future possibility. But the lack of decent games out on it, or any real innovation has meant it's gradually pushed itself out of any contention - along with rumours of a new Xbox sooner than anticipated.

It'll take something genuinely phenomenal for me to go and get a Kinect now, and I really don't see that happening.

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Comment #16 by SaiSpag
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 07:29:01 AM
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Gunstringer looks awesome, as does Children of Eden.
And if there's 26 games unnounced, not including the star wars game, there should at least be some games worth picking up.
And a lot of announcements for non-kinect 'core' games confirmed for E3 as well?

I don't understand how anyone can be negative about this news

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Comment #17 by Nekrobutcher
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 07:45:09 AM
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There's 26 kinect games available?! I've only heard of maybe 6. And three of those I've only heard or seen mentioned once. Sounds like the worlds fastest selling paperweight to me.

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Comment #18 by Swegabe
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 07:47:53 AM
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How about the neglected non-Kinect audience?
Ever since they launched Kinect, it doesn't feel like Microsoft talks about or invest in anything else.

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Comment #19 by General Boredom
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 07:56:09 AM
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Were are all those Kinect games for core gamers MS promised? So far the only one on the radar is Child of Eden, which I'm looking forward to

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Comment #20 by Smithman117
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 08:22:30 AM
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I bet there will be A LOT of Kinect games reviled at E3.

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Comment #21 by Tchort69
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 08:23:39 AM
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How good would Skyrim be with Kinect controls?!

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Comment #22 by RollaJedi
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 08:28:47 AM
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I thought they said originally Kinect was gonna replace the controller. It would recognize your fingers movements and button pushing motions. Sometimes, it doesnt even know i'm waving my arms around let alone a freaking finger.

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Comment #23 by oysterboy13
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 08:36:08 AM
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I'm sorry but I think the kinect is a fail. My wife bought it and we are just thinking of selling it now. There are no other games other than workout or dancing types. I think all the increadible sales they had on this during release was nothing more than hype and Christmas pushing. I will wait to see what is on the table from E3 but I just don't see it having to much more life left in it especially with the soon to be announced Wii 2.

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Comment #24 by Gearbolt
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 09:05:26 AM
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This was what I thought was going to happen. Quanity over quality. They are turning into Wii. Let's hope the games are at least playable and not more sh*t.

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Comment #25 by alklein35
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 09:14:23 AM
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In my opinion, this big of an increase means more focus on the games. That means more people focusing on QUALITY games. I think this is a good thing, and expect to see at least a handfull or two of good games this year. Could be wrong, but that's the way I see it.

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Comment #26 by shavron
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 09:16:47 AM
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The three Kinect games that have caught my interest:
1. Children of Eden (also playable with a standard controller)
2. Star Wars Kinect (which if it is on rails like it sounds like immediately makes me uninterested. Never cared for games like that)
3. Gunstringer

Not a very convincing line up. We'll see what the new 26 have in store.

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Comment #27 by the ferenczy
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 09:46:58 AM
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So they picked out the next 26 Wii games to re-skin with HD graphics? How exciting! Pass on all 26 now, the next 26 and the next 260 after that.

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Comment #28 by Thevoiceagainst
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 09:53:02 AM
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@5 Never, ever cross the streams!

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Comment #29 by Midersaw
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 10:27:17 AM
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So far as I have seen, no developer has made use of the Kinect feature I was most excited for pre-launch. That is the purported ability of the Kinect to read facial expressions and craft individual responses based on your mood at that given time. I had crazy ideas of playing a truly dynamic RPG in which, instead of carefully choosing your character's response to stimuli based on the basic good/neutral/evil choices in RPGs, the player unconsciously responds to the environment and in turn, the environment responds to the player.

Perhaps the technology is not there yet, but the pre-launch hype certainly made it seem so.

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Comment #30 by Blueprotoss
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 10:31:36 AM
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Most likely these titles will be Wii knock offs because I'm sure another Kinect Sport and Kinectamals is coming.

@ 23. People did fall for the hype and Christmas pushing while I knew it would be worse then the Wii with the whole exercise and Wii-esque games.

@ 25. MS isn't that much on quality, but Sony heavily focuses on that while Nintendo is either a hit or miss on that.

@ 26. Children of Eden can be played without Kinect, which thats the onlygood one out of the 3. Star Wars will most likely be on Rails because you need a controller for simple and advanced controls. The Gunstringer looks interesting because of the concept while it won't do that well on the Kinect because of the controls.

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Comment #31 by mighty1
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 10:45:58 AM
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there's really been nothing that interest me gaming wise for the kinect. At first I wanted one but the I took a real hard look at the catalog and there really wasn't anything that jumped
at me. I'm going to wait and see what happened after e3.

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Comment #32 by ViNyLek
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 11:09:41 AM
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Looks like Sony landed way better with Move. Shame the don't have as much money as MS to advertise it, because they are not charging theri customer for every single cookie... Now it's only going to get worse for them with all those security breaches - I feel for them. I hope this will never happen to 360, because one time is enought to worry about.

OT: I still can't imagine any other games then dance/act/workout/arcade, so by the time they MIGHT release something noteworthy Kinect should be cut in half for me:-)

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Comment #33 by SuperWoody64
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 11:12:50 AM
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@20, it seems that the people in this thread already revile alot of kinect games. (yes, I realize that was a typo)

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Comment #34 by PANIC ATTACK 10
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 02:33:35 PM
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well its about time! i just dusted mine off for MJ:TE. cant wait for good core quaility games like starwars & that ubisoft fighting game.

the lightsabre just hold with one or two hands. has been in many demos showing so.

i want full career boxing,hockey,ufc & fps games! before you jump me on ufc. look at ufc trainer. good indication it can be done :)

bring on E3!

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Comment #35 by Drjimbo32
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 02:45:02 PM
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@30 Oh, im sorry I didnt realize you know everything there is to know about gaming. Who died and made you the King Douchebag of the internet?

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Comment #36 by sumthingchronic
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 04:27:33 PM
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26 games already available? Can I have a list please I've only ever seen around 16

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Comment #37 by Kaskade
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 04:30:09 PM
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Out of those 26 games coming I'm guessing 20 of those are probably sequels like kinect sports 2 and so on

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Comment #38 by FoolKiller
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 04:55:57 PM
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@ 7 and 17

That's because 21 out of the 26 sucked. I expect it to be the ratio for the next batch as well.

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Comment #39 by newbsicle
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 05:04:18 PM
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HOLY COW! That means there will be 78 more exercise video games on the kinect. SWEET! :P

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Comment #40 by SuperWoody64
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 05:22:25 PM
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@15, I wouldn't be mad at 15 good Kinect games. We'll see.

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Comment #41 by SuperWoody64
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 05:23:25 PM
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@38 rather. Woops.

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Comment #42 by xCammeister95x
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 05:26:00 PM
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I already have Kinect(I got it last Christmas) and i'm thinking of selling it as it's generally boring.

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Comment #43 by Darkdefiler84
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 05:31:42 PM
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When I read 26 games available i thought "no way are there 26 out in the UK" so i checked the list on wikipedia and the shop I work in have actually stocked 25/26 of the games. I was quite surprised

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Comment #44 by Blueprotoss
Saturday, May 14, 2011 @ 02:37:17 AM
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@ 34. Demos don't show off that much especially when you need to design a whole game around that, which is possible with a controller and impossible without a controller.

I doubt a good boxing or fighting type of game can be done on the Kinect especially when UFC Trainer is just another exercise video disguised as a game. The only Shooters that will be done on the Kinect will be on Rails while its a different story on if those games would be good or bad.

@ 35. Actually the one who's the King Douchebag of the internet is you while its not my fault that I know more knowledge then you do.

@ 38. MS would need a controller with the Kinect before a good ratio of games exist on the Kinect.

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Comment #45 by Killerchronic
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 05:10:16 PM
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@22 No one ever said that the kinect was going to be that accurate and it was def not marketed as replacing the controller, just that you could use your body as a controller.

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Comment #46 by lornesbored
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 01:25:24 AM
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I just got mine for $50 at a pawn shop, it was dirty, dusty, and scratched. I cleaned it and polished out the scratches and bingo! A perfectly functional Kinect.

I bought it solely for UFC trainer and Dance Central games for the girlfriend, otherwise its cool to impress my technologically impaired friends by shouting at the xbox while they are around and being all jealous and stuff

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