Kinect News


Xbox Avatar Famestars will unlock new avatar items and outfits

By Steve Watts, Jul 24, 2012 11:00am PDT

Microsoft has detailed its Avatar FameStar initiative, now that the first game (Wreckateer) has been released.


Wreckateer review

By Steve Watts, Jul 23, 2012 10:30am PDT

Wreckateer is Microsoft's lone Summer of Arcade Kinect offering. Read our review to find out why this is one motion game that might be worth your while.


"Looks fun! I think this game might be great for family game night. I think I'll pick it up. "

- Wise Men see all 2 comments

Dance Central 3 dated: October 16th

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 23, 2012 8:15am PDT

Dance Central 3 will be available this October, and will include a varied setlist featuring Kpop, Vanilla Ice, and more.


NASA Mars rover lands on Kinect in free game

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 17, 2012 9:00am PDT

Hey, kids! Science is fun, and space is cool! So come up, fire up your Xbox 360 and play Mars Rover Landing, a free Kinect Fun Labs game which lets you land NASA's wicked sick Curiosity Mars rover on that gnarly red planet. Parents, please, try to foster scientific interest ...


"It takes 4 months to make a lap on a 1/4 mile course. Strap in kids!"

- BeowolfSchaefer see all 7 comments

Angry Birds Trilogy coming to consoles with Kinect & Move support

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 10, 2012 11:15am PDT

Angry Birds Trilogy will be available on PS3, Xbox 360, and 3DS this holiday.


Shack PSA: Kinect PlayFit available today

By Steve Watts, Jul 10, 2012 10:45am PDT

Kinect PlayFit has launched today, offering cumulative fitness tracking across a broad range of Kinect games.


Wipeout 3 coming this fall

By Steve Watts, Jun 28, 2012 1:15pm PDT

Activision has announced Wipeout 3, another game based on the TV series of the same name. It's due this fall for Xbox 360 (with Kinect), Wii, and 3DS.


"From an Activision studio? It'll be dead the day after the game releases :("

- citizenswift see all 15 comments

Haunt for Kinect is free for one week only

By Andrew Yoon, Jun 26, 2012 11:30am PDT

Want a free game for your Xbox 360--one that isn't quite as terrible as Yaris? You're in luck! From now until July 2nd, you'll be able to get the Kinect-exclusive XBLA game Haunt for free.


"Why do I feel like the shacknews staff steals all of my gaming news posts? :-)"

- Masem see all 5 comments

Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor review

By Steve Watts, Jun 20, 2012 8:00am PDT

Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor trades its complicated control peripheral for a simplified Kinect interface. How does the new control scheme hold up? Check out our review.


"I'd also love to see more games like Happy Action Theater, Child of Eden, Fruit Ninja, etc., ..."

- the archvile see all 7 comments

Just Dance Greatest Hits announced

By Steve Watts, Jun 12, 2012 11:00am PDT

Ubisoft has announced Just Dance Greatest Hits, a game for the Wii and Xbox 360 with Kinect. It compiles tracks from the first three Just Dance games.


Fable: The Journey preview

By Andrew Yoon, Jun 06, 2012 3:20pm PDT

Lionhead Studios promises it "hasn't f---ed up" the Fable franchise with The Journey, a Kinect-exclusive on-rails adventure. The Kinect controls take some getting used to, but when it works, it does feel like magic.


"Glad to hear it wasn't all bad but I think it'll be in the next itteration of the kinect that ..."

- InfernoAblaze see all 3 comments

Dance Central 3 preview

By Andrew Yoon, Jun 06, 2012 9:00am PDT

Dance Central 3 manages to one-up its predecessor by giving gamers the ability to create their own moves and free style without mirroring a set routine.


Dance Central 3 debuts with Usher

By Steve Watts, Jun 04, 2012 11:15am PDT

Harmonix debuted Dance Central 3 at Microsoft's E3 press briefing, with a performance from Usher. An accompanying announcement outlines some new features and a partial track list.


Matter is Gore Verbinski's Kinect game, coming in 2013

By Andrew Yoon, Jun 04, 2012 11:00am PDT

Earlier, Microsoft had announced that The Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski was working on a new game for Microsoft. Today, the company announced what that game is--and it's got us all puzzled.


Wreckateer coming to Kinect this summer

By Steve Watts, Jun 04, 2012 10:48am PDT

Microsoft showed off Wreckateer at its E3 press briefing, and narrowed the release window to this summer.


"Maybe it was the horrible presentation, but Wreckateer looks like it has such a low production ..."

- DougL see all 4 comments