Microsoft promises Kinect “hybrid” experience with future titles

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:02 GMT


Microsoft has confirmed games are in the works for Kinect which will include both motion control and traditional controllers.

Speaking with, Kinect developer Alex Kipman said these “hybrid games” will allow all forms of gaming “to exist” together.

“We’ll continue to have controller-only games,” said Kipman. “We love controller-free games, we love Kinect experiences and we’ll continue to grow our set of those as well. What we haven’t really talked about, but exist, are hybrid games. Games that are using the controller, which we know and love, and pieces, if not all, of the Kinect experiences to again make those experiences more immersive, more fun and more emotionally connected.

“This is where I look at the world, and I know it’s easier to look at the world and talk about ‘or’, but I look at the world and I talk about ‘and’. It’s about how we take all of these things and fuse all of them together to create unique experiences. This is when I go speak and spend time with creative folk around the industry. I go back and I talk about palette. It doesn’t always mean using the same colours, the same paintbrushes – the stories you tell are about using the appropriate combinations of all of the colours and brushes to create something meaningful.”

Today is D-Day for Kinect in the US. Find out how the camera and the games released for it stack up in our reviews round-up.

Kinect is out in Europe on November 10.

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