“Today, it’s all about the Xbox 360, the only device that brings together all your entertainment all in one place,” said Don Mattrick, president of Interactive Entertainment, but what good is this for Gamers?
The last few E3 expos have been, arguably, a little disappointing. The focus for Xbox has been Kinect and now the newly announced SmartGlass. These are to improve the system’s entertainment experience, appealing more to families and amateurs rather than the hardcore gamers among us.
With Kinect continuing to take over every gaming genre and franchise on the market, it is now targetting the sports games.
Fifa 13 will have voice-recognition using Xbox Kinect, allowing you to make substitutions and change tactics without stopping the gameplay.
Kinect will also pick up your reactions to the ref, including swearing. Commentators will say things like: “the ref didn’t deserve that.”
Madden NFL will also recognise your voice, allowing you to direct the game and command your team mates as you play.
While this may be a bit restrictive, with the focus being very much on Kinect, there is the potential for even more immersion when you don’t have to stop the game just to make silly changes, like a sub. The update to Skyrim is an example of this, allowing you to use dragon shouts with Kinect.