Can it now be considered official that the majority of the 2011 software line-up for Xbox 360 users will consist largely of unproven Kinect gaming options based on the recent comments taken from Microsoft’s director of Xbox and Entertainment for the UK, Stephen McGillor;
“As for the future, we’ve got a brilliant line-up for 2011 but it’s ultimately all about Kinect. Kinect is going to blow people’s minds. They’re [already] buying it, but we’ve got a line-up of Kinect games that will blow people away.” – CVG
So, can we assume that Microsoft has double dipped on the consumer by introducing a new integrated console so to speak (Kinect) by promising a great line-up for the immediate future? Of course we don’t want to paint a negative image by no means, however, it does appear Kinect is Microsoft’s answer to both Sony and Nintendo’s robust 1st party offerings.
There is no need for a list of software exclusives from Microsoft’s immediate competitor. By now hundreds of 2011 PS3 exclusive lists have been spread across the internet. Yet, despite the promising list of Xbox 360 exclusive of 2011, the future is unknown for millions of hardcore Xbox 360 users as the majority of the names are new IP’s where Kinect is needed for the experience.
Are Xbox 360 users being forced to purchase the Kinect in order to have great gaming experience in 2011 that as Microsoft has stated “will blow people away”? For some there is great concern that while 2011 will introduce highly anticipated and proven exclusives like Gears of War 3 and Forza 4, they might have to drop $149.99 on Kinect just to stay current with the gaming options the Xbox 360/Kinect experience may be offering.
One thing is certain, Microsoft is not playing about Kinect. You can expect them to come out swinging for the fence with tons of titles to support their new peripheral. As far as trying to compare console exclusives for 2011, hardcore Xbox 360 users can more than likely hang their hat on the strong possibility that while the competition flaunts their AAA 1st party exclusives throughout the new year, Microsoft’s answer will come in the form of Kinect titles and maybe Microsoft knows something we don’t. We certainly hope so.