Hybrid Control Games Coming to Kinect

By John Colaw

November 4, 2010

Part of my lack of interest in Kinect comes from me not wanting to dance around my living room all the time. That’s not to say I never want to, but most of the time when I play a game it’s to unwind and relax from a long day, and that’s not something you can do with Kinect. However that may not be the case for very long.

Alex Kipman, the man behind the development of Kinect has said that Hybrid games are coming to Kinect; that is, games that use a controller along with Kinect. It’s just not something they’ve talked about, and to be honest I can understand why they’d want to push their “no controllers at all” games first.

“We’ll continue to have controller-only games. We love controller-free games, we love Kinect experiences and we’ll continue to grow our set of those as well. What we haven’t really talked about, but exist, are hybrid games,” offered Kipman.

“Games that are using the controller, which we know and love, and pieces, if not all, of the Kinect experiences to again make those experiences more immersive, more fun and more emotionally connected.”

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, and how they’ll manage to integrate Kinect into a controller played game without it feeling forced or gimmicky. If done right, this could be a huge selling point for Kinect.


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John Colaw

John is what you might call something of a badass. When he's not writing about games or playing them, he's playing in the Kansas City band "Documentary" and drinking as many different beers as often as he can. He's a huge comic nerd in the best sense of the term, with a particular love for the Creator Owned movement.

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