Kinect Adds Motion Control for Media and Video Chat Party
Two years ago when Netflix was announced at E3, one of the big marketing points was the ability to watch a movie with a buddy in realtime while chatting. I’m not sure anyone really does this but with the upcoming Kinect system, it becomes a bit more attractive an option thanks to integrated video chat features.
During the E3 briefing today Miscrosoft demonstrated (with a really awkward script and two cute ladies) a feature that allows Xbox 360 systems with Kinect to bridge with a Microsoft Live Video chat client and then share movie watching. It was not clear if this only worked for Zune videos or if it would also work for Netflix but it has possibilities.
Along with the movie watching, Microsoft also demonstrated gesture and voice based media controls. Kinect offers the users a way to abandon the remote and choose from the media offerings on the console including the integrated ESPN media. Oh, and Xbox Live is finally making its Windows Phone debut with Windows Phone 7.