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Kinect's 'second generation is happening now'

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer promises incoming improvements to Kinect support

If your Kinect has been gathering dust in recent months because of a lack of quality games to use with it, Microsoft is promising bigger things for its sensor bar in the near future.

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Speaking at the recent Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco recently, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Kinect support will improve as the device enters its second generation.

"Like any other thing that is new, we came out with a set of applications to show off the platform, to bring others in. Our second generation is now happening," he said.

"We announced a partnership today with Sesame Street and National Geographic to bring kids' learning and entertainment to the Kinect. You'll see a raft of new games from us and third-party publishers this holiday," added Ballmer, signaling a major Christmas push from MS.

He went on: "We've announced and demonstrated work that we're doing with people who provide video content -- live TV as well as other [video on demand], etc. content -- to really let you access and find [content] and control it, completely via the Kinect, gesture and voice being a part of that. Bing-powered by the way, that will be out this holiday season. So you're going to see a range of important innovations coming to Kinect on Xbox this holiday."

id think tank John Carmack has said it's important for developers to get to grips with motion tech such as Microsoft's Kinect sensor because it's a technology that "can get 10 times better in the coming years".

[ SOURCE: Gamasutra ]

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