CES 2012 wrap-up: Microsoft's Xbox 360 presentation

5:07 PM, Jan 16, 2012   |    comments
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Microsoft's Greg Davidson talks about Xbox 360's Kinect during CES 2012.

Void of any announcement of a new Xbox video game platform, the Xbox 360 segment of Microsoft's 2012 Consumer Electronics Show keynote was all about Kinect.

Beginning with non-gaming applications of Kinect on the Xbox 360 such as voice commands, viewing of streaming media (both recorded and live) and Bing! searching, there seemed to be little about the video game console and its motion/vocal control interface that wasn't already announced in June of 2011 during the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Newer applications of Kinect were revealed in the latter-half of the 15-some-odd keynote segment when Microsoft's Jamie Bauer demonstrated Kinect's interactive television capabilities.  With a youthful friend on stage with her, Bauer demonstrated how a child could interact with an episode of Sesame Street using Kinect by throwing coconuts into a box held by the character Grover and even be a part of the show with Sesame Street's Elmo character.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer also announced that the company will begin to support Kinect as a PC peripheral, telling of a number of big-name companies which will be supporting the device for computer-based applications in the near future.


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