For better or for worse, Microsoft has gone on the record and stated that 2011 will “be all about Kinect” as they begin to focus heavily on the sans-controller revolution. Stephen McGill, direction of Xbox and Entertainment for the UK, stated, “…We’ve got a brilliant line-up for 2011 but it’s ultimately all about Kinect. Kinect is going to blow people’s minds. They’re [already] buying it, but we’ve got a line-up of Kinect games that will blow people away.” So if you couldn’t tell from this redundant quote, it seems that Microsoft plans on spamming the market with more purple-packaged games in the upcoming year.
So for all of you who played Dance Central for an hour and then realized its entire experience makes for a better novelty item than it does an actual game, you should get pumped up. I mean after all, you’ve got a $149 accessory just sitting by your TV collecting dust, so the very idea of actually making use of the thing should give you a sense of overwhelming joy… or at least eliminate that feeling of buyer’s remorse you undoubtedly have.
Nonetheless, with titles such as Steel Batallion: Heavy Armor, Child of Eden and the temporarily titled Project Draco, 2011 and beyond could be a decent time for Microsoft’s hands-free peripheral. With their attention so exclusively focused on the Kinect, however, one has to wonder what sacrifices are being made in order to push forth this new hardware.