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2010-06-17 07:16:20 GMT2010-06-17 15:16:20 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Microsoft unveiled its new motion sensing gaming system that will be available for the holidays in competition with the successful Nintendo Wii and an expected new offering from Sony.

In a splashy presentation complete with Cirque du Soleil at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, Microsoft unveiled its new motion sensing game system- Kinect.

The project- previously dubbed Project Natal- is aimed at casual users. It's an add on to their Xbox 360 console and will be out November 4th for the holiday season with about 15 games. The hope is to take the XBox 360 beyond gaming.

CNET's Jeff Bakalar:

"Not only will there be a lot of games that you can play with this new technology but also you will be able to interact with you movies and TV shows and the music that you've downloaded on your Xbox 360."

It's basically a three-camera system that plugs into Xbox and will allow for completely hands free games and controlling the console with voice commands.

It's also a way to compete with rival Nintendo's Wii which pioneered motion sensing gaming to attract the whole family- while for Microsoft still maintaining its hard core gaming base.

"Absolutely it's a knock at the Wii. They are going right for them. They announced games that are just like what Wii has now. They announced Kinect sports which is basically a carbon copy of Wii Sports. So they are definitely making it available to people who maybe haven't bought a Wii and now they don't have to anymore."

The company has kept quiet about the price- but analysts estimates range from $50 to $200. Rival Sony is also expected to come out with a motion sensing system.

Bobbi Rebell, Reuters.

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