Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox, which has surpassed all sales expectations within the first 2 months of its launch, was debuted for the first time in Jordan at the Microsoft Jordan Open Door last month, where over 1,400 IT professionals were given an opportunity to witness firsthand the revolutionary new way for Jordanian gamers to experience gaming and entertainment.
With Kinect, game-players no longer need to memorize different commands for a hand-held control because the gamer is the controller. They simply step in front of the sensor and Kinect sees their move, hears their voice and recognizes their face.
Microsoft reported sales of the Kinect at being over 2.5 million units within 25 days of its launch, leading it to increase its sales predictions from 3 million to 5 million units by the end of 2010.
The slim black Kinect sensor plugs directly into any Xbox 360. Despite its small size, the Kinect device contains a camera, audio sensors, and motion-sensing technology that track 48 points of movement on the human body, and has the ability to recognize faces and voices.
Ihsan Anabtawi, Information Worker Business Group Lead for Microsoft North Africa, Eastern Mediterranean and Pakistan (NEPA), stated, “Kinect is a whole new world of technology; you and your body are all that you need to use this revolutionary form of gaming. To that effect, the launch of Kinect has been an incredible success around the world, and therefore we are bringing the Kinect experience to Jordan and confident with the fact that it will also be a big hit in the Kingdom.”
An intriguing feature of the Kinect is that it can perform full-motion tracking of the human body at 30 frames per second. It isn’t affected by what a user is wearing or what type of furniture is around. What’s more, Kinect for Xbox 360 offers tremendous gaming and entertainment value by transforming living rooms into fitness classes, dance clubs and sports stadiums through full body, voice and multiplayer games.
Microsoft brought the Kinect experience to Jordan for the first time at Microsoft Jordan Open Door, the largest technical event of the year, and with the abundance of fascinating features, it was no surprise that the Kinect was one of the most popular attractions during the two day event. The Kinect was also one of numerous valuable prizes handed out during the event, with the lucky winner being Software Engineer Islam Mari.
Mari commented on his win, by saying, “I attended the Microsoft Open Door event just like all the other participants, with a passion and keen interest to hear about the latest Microsoft technologies. However, I left the event feeling very special when I won the Kinect for Xbox 360. I’m really enjoying this new gaming experience from Microsoft. It’s very unique-- no controllers, no gadgets and no gizmos. I get to play my favorite games simply by using body gestures and voice commands.”
Kinect for Xbox 360 is now available in Jordanian retail outlets.