Avatar Kinect launches for the Xbox 360 today. Using the console’s motion sensing add-on, users can voice chat with each other, and see their Xbox 360 avatar’s mimic their movements on screen, right down even to their facial expressions.
Users will be able to record their chats and share them online, placing their avatars on 24 virtual stages. Microsoft are encouraging all sorts of virtual hook-ups, from stand-up comedy to dance routines.
First previewed early in the year and once again at the recent E3 conference, it’s the second big voice chat push for Microsoft, after buying VoIP firm Skype back in May for a reported £5.2 billion.
Avatar Kinect is free for Xbox Live Gold members, and will be free for all to try until September 8th.