Kinect launches on November 10 “across Europe”

Tuesday, 17th August 2010 05:54 GMT By Patrick Garratt


And we have lift off. Microsoft’s kicked off gamescom’s press conference day by announcing a November 10 European release date for Kinect.

The announcement of the motion camera’s European launch comes as no shock, and is thought to be Microsoft’s main spill for its “Play Day” event in Cologne later today.

Kinect launches on November 4 in the US, as announced at E3.

There was a little confusion over the date this morning. While Microsoft’s press release stated Kinect will launch on November 10 in Britain, an included Chris Lewis quote said the peripheral will appear on November 17.

Microsoft has now confirmed to VG247 that the Lewis quote date is in fact a typo, and Kinect will release “across Europe” on November 10.

“We are bringing the Kinect experience to Europe for the first time at gamescom because this is the biggest show in the region and we’re committed to investing in Europe and the critical role it plays in Xbox’s global success,” said the European Xbox boss.

“With Kinect launching on November 10, it’s set to not only transform our business but also change how we use entertainment.

“With Kinect, YOU become the controller, giving you the choice in how you and your friends navigate entertainment and gaming experiences. We’re already seeing a high level of anticipation in Europe with sales of the Kinect ready Xbox 360 250GB creating an all-time record weekly market share.”

Beans, spilt

Microsoft’s also announced this morning that it’s showing off its first Windows Mobile 7 games in Germany this week, as well as confirming two new PC titles in Age of Empires Online and Microsoft Flight.

Age of Empires Online is the cartoon-styled AOE game Microsoft’s been working on in not-so-secret. The title’s site’s live, and you can sign up for beta access right now.

The new Flight title is “inspired by the time-honoured Flight Simulator franchise”. It’s described as the work of “internal development” and you can see a teaser here.

Longstanding Flight Simulator studio ACES was closed by Microsoft in early 2009.

Halo: Reach and Fable III are Microsoft’s other big products for the German show. Gears 3 won’t be making the trip, as previously confirmed.

It’s fair to assume that you’ve seen everything you’re going to see from the Microsoft today in terms of announcements, but we’ll be bringing you live details of its Play Day event from 12.30-3.30pm CET later today.

The Microsoft shindig will be followed by presentations from EA and Sony, taking place at 4.00pm CET and 6.00pm CET respectively.

Get all the timings here.



  1. Robster1979

    November 10th?
    “With Kinect launching on November 17″

    Which is it?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    That’s a good point. I’ll have to ask them this morning.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Robster1979

    Its early where you are, shit happens when your half asleep.
    I get paid to notice shit like that and its the afternoon here so I I’d be more upset if I didnt spot it.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    That’s just a bit weird though, innit. Maybe the 17th is the general Euro date, or something.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. The1stMJC

    Maybe the bundles come out on the 10th and the actual camera by itself is the 17th? I don’t know.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    @5 – It’ll be something like that.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. 52pickup

    Ah I think I got it!

    Nov. 10th release date. Nov. 17th MS realise it was a horrible idea and scrap the whole thing.

    Sorry couldn’t resist! :P

    Seriously though the price and lag has put me off Kinect and there is absolutely no games that interest me whatsoever.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Patrick Garratt

    Just had Microsoft on the phone. The Lewis date’s a typo; it launches “across Europe” on November 10.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Blerk

    Well, good luck to ‘em. I think they’re going to need it.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Crysis

    any idea on an Australian release? seems that we Aussies’ normally receive the hardware later than everyone else..
    tho we are getting PS Move September the 16th, day after Europe but 4 days earlier than the US, but we received the 360 3 months after europe & received both the PS3 & 360 4 months after the US =\

    #10 4 years ago
  11. tenthousandgothsonacid

    I thought that the Tony Hawk Ride board was going to be the worst add-on from this gen but having talked to some devs who are trying to do anything useful with kinect I think ms will take the crown.

    This is going to bomb harder than Harris. Thus hastening xbox 3 into xmas 2011.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Dannybuoy

    What’s a Kinect?

    #12 4 years ago
  13. cookiejar

    Very near Black Ops.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. TIMCSS

    MS have just shot themselves straight in the leg. A day after black ops??? A week after GT5, and a week and abit before assasins creed!

    A mid october release would have been alot better for them, but placeing themselves right after black ops, and just before assasins (the two big fall release’s before xmas) will hurt there sales no end.

    Good look

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Psychotext

    I really doubt the sort of people buying GT5, Assassin’s Creed and Black Ops will be buying Kinect.

    They’re likely to be gamers after all. ;)

    (That said, I’ll still likely get this for Dance Central)

    #15 4 years ago
  16. theevilaires

    I’m sorry but that camera is fugly man. Seriously who designs M$ hardware they need better engineers or something. A 5 yr old could have put all that tech in a nicer shell case that just some rectangle black box.

    #16 4 years ago

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