Microsoft: All our Xbox 360 games will use Kinect

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Kinect compatiblitiy may eventually make its way to all Microsoft-developed first-party Xbox 360 games.

From subtle voice commands to full on motion controls, the motion sensor may eventually make its way into some unlikely games. The Forza 4 racing sim for instance will have an in-car view that tracks a players head movements, moving the camera as a driver leans into corners. Even third party developers Bioware are looking to integrate Kinect voice commands into their Mass Effect 3 action RPG.

“There are some things that just seem to make navigating and playing games much easier…in the end, you’ll see all first-party games using some form of Kinect functionality,” Microsoft Game Studios boss Phil Spencer told Gamespot.

“[Look at] voice or head-tracking in Forza (caught in action in the video above), which you wouldn’t say is somehow turning the Forza gameplay on its head. Rather, it’s just using the advantages of what Kinect brings to make the experience better.”

Is Kinect integration something you want to see in more games, or are you happy for it to remain a gimmick restricted to games designed specifically around the motion-tracking peripheral? Let us know in the comments section below.

Also, Kinect fans should check out the Nyko Zoom, a small clip-on attachment that means Kinect can be enjoyed in far smaller rooms than ever before.

Gerald Lynch