Microsoft has unveiled a newly-designed Xbox 360 at the E3 expo in Los Angeles this week, as well as its controller-free gaming and entertainment system, Kinect (formerly Project Natal).
New Xbox 360
The new console is apparently ‘designed for the future’, featuring a sleek glossy black case that is significantly smaller than previous Xbox models. The new model also features built-in Wireless N (802.11n) networking and a larger 250GB hard drive. It’s also whisper quiet, so shouldn’t disturb your gaming or movie-watching.
The new Xbox 360 will be available in Australia from 1 July and cost $449.
Kinect tracks your body movements and gestures to control games – a boon for anyone who finds game controllers confusing. For example, to kick a ball, you simply kick. It also understands your voice, so you can start watching a movie by simply saying “Xbox, play”.
Kinect will even allow you to video chat with friends (the ability to connect to Windows Live Messenger is promised for 2011), whilst the camera follows your movement around the room.
Kinect is scheduled to debut in North America on 4 November, and will hopefully roll out to the rest of the world soon after.