11:14 Matt Peckham: Again, looks like it could be a hit with families, casual gamers, friends, etc. Not really game-oriented.
11:15 Chris Holt: But to do that on your TV is something you saw on Back to the Future 2.
11:15 Comment From G-Unit Just need living tissue over Xbox metal skeleton.
11:16 Matt Peckham: Okay ESPN wonks, here's your demo!
11:16 Chris Holt: Seeing sportcenter journalists trying to play games is funny.
11:16 Matt Peckham: Montage of sports games, shots of ESPN announcers announcing an exclusive partnership with Xbox 360.
11:17 Matt Peckham: Watching any non-actor try to act is funny.
11:17 Chris Holt: Trey Wingo! I usually watch you cover events like Women's College Basketball.
11:17 Matt Peckham: Josh Elliott and Trey Wingo on stage. Names that mean something to ESPN fans, no doubt.
11:17 Chris Holt: Not really, these are the C-list anchors.
11:17 Comment From Steve Does it seem easier to control than just moving a joystick around? Other than the fact you don't need a controller, does it make things easier?
11:18 Matt Peckham: Cue the ESPN sport-rivalry jokes.
11:18 Chris Holt: They keep showing video clips of USC. Funny cause they just hammered by the NCAA for cheating.
11:18 Chris Holt: *got hammered.
11:19 Matt Peckham: "Xbox - JOIN USC"
11:19 Matt Peckham: Okay, voice commands to run ESPN coverage like DVR, that's cool.
11:20 Chris Holt: "Kinect is going to make taunting that much easier."
11:20 Matt Peckham: Real-time polls, trivia, other ways to enhance live experience.
11:20 Matt Peckham: "How many times has Ohio State won the Rose Bowl?"
11:20 Matt Peckham: ESPN game scores, video statistics, without leaving the action.
11:21 Matt Peckham: Reasonably strong response to ESPN on Kinect from the audience. Actual whistling this time.
11:21 Chris Holt: Looks good for sports fans. Great if you're watching a game live with a bunch of friends.
11:21 Matt Peckham: ESPN For Xbox LIVE gold members "at no additional cost."
11:22 Matt Peckham: The creative director of Kinect, Kudo Tsunoda on stage.
11:22 Chris Holt: The dude looks like a poor man's Russell Brand.
11:23 Matt Peckham: "We allow you to play however you want to play."
11:23 Matt Peckham: Without a game console? For free? :)
11:23 Matt Peckham: Six Kinect launch games "the world's going to be playing this holiday."
11:23 Matt Peckham: Can only be played WITHOUT a controller.
11:24 Matt Peckham: Kinectimals, looks like. Tiger cub looking pretty cute.
11:24 Chris Holt: Cute kid on stage. Playing with her pet Tiger.
11:24 Chris Holt: Not named Hobbes.
11:24 Matt Peckham: Virtual ghost hands on screen petting, caressing the tiger.
11:24 Matt Peckham: Most uncoordinated cat I've ever seen.
11:25 Matt Peckham: "Skittles, get up, now go get your toy..."
11:25 Chris Holt: This kid is adorable.
11:25 Matt Peckham: This is ridiculously cute. Insanely cute.
11:25 Matt Peckham: The kid is now jumping rope with the tiger. Awwww....
11:26 Chris Holt: And then the cat did a move out of the matrix. Skittles is the One.
11:26 Matt Peckham: Every family in America (and probably the rest of the world) just reserved a Kinect.
11:27 Chris Holt: Kinect's Animals looks a step above Touch Pets and the like, but with a focus more on animals rather than accessories. Pretty strong AI. Curious to see the range of tricks.
11:28 Chris Holt: Now Kinect Sports. Running game to start things off.
11:28 Matt Peckham: Demoing a running game, two on stage about to start running.
11:28 Matt Peckham: On your mark, set, GO!
11:28 Chris Holt: Running in place, jumping in place. The avatars look like Wii's avatars. But Wii can't do this.
11:29 Matt Peckham: Soccer, bowling...
11:29 Matt Peckham: Javelin throwing, hurdling, table tennis, boxing.
11:29 Matt Peckham: Volleyball...
11:30 Matt Peckham: Wii Sports, but as Chris said, the Wii can't do this.
11:30 Chris Holt: The boxing game, which everyone seems to have, resembles Wii's rather than Sony Move's. More flailing, less hooks and grapples.
11:30 Chris Holt: Now a driving game without a controller. She's just holding an invisible steering wheel
11:31 Matt Peckham: The racing game lets you drive using your hands holding an imaginary wheel. Thrust them both out to BOOST the vehicle.
11:32 Chris Holt: Stunts. Pretty boring backgrounds. Usual avatars. Title: Kinect Joyride.
11:32 Matt Peckham: Kinect Joyride includes stunt mode (5 unique gameplay modes in all)
11:32 Chris Holt: Kinect Adventures: Looks like Wipeout! the game.
11:33 Chris Holt: Obstacle courses, multiplayer
11:34 Matt Peckham: The guys look pretty silly jumping and waving. Then again, ever watched someone play a game with a gamepad?
11:34 Chris Holt: Grab the coins, jumping. Looks like something you'd play on a blue screen as a kid at a science museum.
11:34 Chris Holt: The acting... it hurts. Now we've got a rafting adventure.
11:35 Matt Peckham: Now we're in a raft, they just jumped in. Rapids!
11:35 Chris Holt: What's missing: dueling banjos.
11:35 Matt Peckham: Looks like you could get hurt, two-player. These girls are really jumping around.
11:36 Matt Peckham: Back to a video montage of Kinect-related games in progress.
11:37 Matt Peckham: Some sort of cardio coach game, and a guy trying to out-Van-Damme Van Damme.
11:37 Chris Holt: Your Shape: Fitness Evolved.
11:37 Matt Peckham: Felicia Williams, Ubisoft international brand manager takes the stage.
11:38 Matt Peckham: World premiere of Your Shape Fitness Evolved, exclusive for Xbox 360.
11:38 Matt Peckham: Kinect can grab not just your physical body, but what you're wearing, and integrate it with the virtual world.
11:38 Chris Holt: Felicia just took off her sweater and the game recognized it. Very, very cool.
11:39 Matt Peckham: That got several ooos from the audience.
11:39 Chris Holt: Complete digital map of the silhouette of your body.
11:40 Matt Peckham: Take a class like martial arts, yoga, play various "fun!" gym activities.
11:40 Matt Peckham: First move, "the knee front."
11:41 Matt Peckham: Game can provide body-specific feedback for each limb, as you're doing the exercise.
11:41 Chris Holt: Instructions appear in the corner. Number of calories burned.
11:41 Matt Peckham: High and low intensity exercise.
11:41 Matt Peckham: Kick boxing!
11:42 Chris Holt: Combat training transitions into family activities. Haha.
11:42 Matt Peckham: Tai-chi travel wide stance. This looks interesting.
11:43 Chris Holt: Yoga class. concentrating on movement and breathing. Very slow, very calm.
11:44 Matt Peckham: "Namaste"?!? It's a post-LOST experience!
11:44 Chris Holt: And now for something completely different: Harmonix.
11:45 Matt Peckham: Dance Hero???
11:45 Matt Peckham: Looks like Guitar Hero meets live dancing.
11:45 Chris Holt: The developer is dancing to Kid & Play.
11:46 Matt Peckham: Crowd going wild.
11:46 Chris Holt: I'm really impressed by the live mapping, This isn't just stomping but arm movement. Title: Dance Central.
11:46 Matt Peckham: Dance Central, that's what it's called.
11:47 Chris Holt: No Doubt, Beastie Boys, Lady Gaga featured artists.
11:47 Matt Peckham: Pop, hip-hip, R&B, No Doubt, Lady Gaga, Beastie Boys, etc.
11:47 Chris Holt: Featuring routines from the original music videos.
11:47 Matt Peckham: 600 moves, 90 routines, some from the songs' original music videos.
11:47 Matt Peckham: Mode called "break it down," a "really fun way" to learn each routine. Aimed at novices, lets pros warm up.
11:48 Chris Holt: He's still dancing like a moron but his avatar seems to be grooving along flawlessly.
11:49 Chris Holt: Alright, better syncing now. You may not look quite so ridiculous playing this.
11:50 Matt Peckham: Hard to tell how precise the mapping is here... Is it really 1:1 or extremely forgiving? I'm guessing the latter.
11:50 Matt Peckham: Hahaha, I love the attempted "sign-off" wave. "Peace out."
11:50 Matt Peckham: Launch date for Kinect: November 4
11:50 Matt Peckham: 15 launch titles
11:50 Chris Holt: Including the Biggest Loser and Sonic. Wonder why they aren't demoing those...
11:51 Matt Peckham: Fully compatible with 40 million plus Xbox 360s sold to date.
11:51 Matt Peckham: "This is just the beginning,"
11:51 Matt Peckham: Exclusive agreement with LucasArts to create a Kinect game to the Xbox 360.
11:51 Matt Peckham: Guy standing in place, swinging a lightsaber to deflect incoming laser fire.
11:51 Matt Peckham: Star Wars, of course.
11:52 Matt Peckham: Looks less like a jedi, more like a TANK.
11:52 Chris Holt: Here we go. Star Wars. Light saber battles. You can manipulate the saber. I think movement is automatic though. Like, this may actually be a rail shooter.
11:52 Matt Peckham: He's using force powers, but barely moving.
11:52 Chris Holt: Yeah, it's a rail shooter. Sigh. So close LucasArts. So close.
11:52 Matt Peckham: Kind of ho-hum with the Star Wars demo.
11:52 Comment From Curt No Doubt as a featured artist? What is this, 1998?
11:53 Comment From Fred Does Dance Central looks like some kind of Dance Dance Revolution?
11:53 Chris Holt: To be fair, No Doubt's dancing stuff didn't come out till the early 00's. Unless they're letting you dance to ska music.
11:53 Matt Peckham: No word on price. Yet.
11:54 Matt Peckham: All the racing games look the same: You with two hands on an invisible wheel.
11:54 Chris Holt: Beautiful, beautiful Ferrari though.
11:54 Matt Peckham: A gestural Kinect interface lets you walk around the car, kneel down, look at F1 inspired carbon-ceramic (did I catch that right?) brakes.
11:55 Chris Holt: I've never been a racing fan, but I've always been impressed by their graphical abilities. Right now they're just demoing your ability to look at your ride in the Badlands.
11:55 Matt Peckham: I guess the question is, do we want a Minority Report interface? Do we want to wave our hands around and, exercise games notwithstanding, flail about wildly to do simple things.
11:56 Chris Holt: I love how "Minority Report" will be remembered for its interface, not for its terrible plot twists and writing
11:56 Chris Holt: Wow you didn't even get to see him driving the car!
11:56 Matt Peckham: Lame!
11:57 Matt Peckham: "Fun is a universal magnet that binds us together." He's laying it on a trifle thick.
11:57 Matt Peckham: Microsoft's goal: From the 10s of millions to the 100s of millions. Big words.
11:57 Matt Peckham: New Xbox 360!
11:58 Chris Holt: It's small, black, and has built in WiFi
11:58 Chris Holt: "Ready for Tomorrow"
11:58 Matt Peckham: Completely redesigned. Here it is. Slimmer, looks more Xbox-like, as in the original. "Sleeker, smaller, whisper quiet, 250GB hard drive, built-in WiFi 802.11n"
11:58 Matt Peckham: Same price!
11:58 Matt Peckham: How long before it's available?
11:59 Matt Peckham: Shipping the new Xbox 360 to retailers... TODAY!!!!
11:59 Matt Peckham: Okay, that's WAY more impressive than Kinect. Sorry Microsoft, it just is.
11:59 Chris Holt: Matt, I hope to God you get an Xbox 360. They're free to everyone in the audience.
12:00 Chris Holt: ok, maybe not free. maybe they're just available. Good luck, Matt
12:00 Matt Peckham: That's it then...
12:01 Chris Holt: Yep, a bit of surprise thrown in with some predicted reveals.
12:01 Matt Peckham: Thanks all, we'll be following up with reports and slides from the show all afternoon.
12:01 Chris Holt: Not a bad presentation. The new Xbox reveal was reminiscent of a Steve Jobs' "and one more thing" moment.