Xbox Avatar Kinect arriving on July 27?

By Tom Warren, on 18th Jul 11 4:42 pm with 12 Comments

Microsoft is preparing to release Avatar Kinect later this month.

Avatar Kinect will be released as part of the company’s Xbox Kinect Fun Labs product. Company insiders familiar with Microsoft’s plans revealed to WinRumors that the software maker is planning to release Avatar Kinect on July 27. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer originally introduced Avatar Kinect using his own Xbox LIVE avatar at CES earlier this year. Avatar Kinect is a unique way for Kinect users to interact with each other. Kinect supports facial tracking and even facial expressions that will allow users to talk to each other with their avatars. Microsoft is calling Avatar Kinect a “social experience” that will bring your avatar to life.

Microsoft launched Kinect Fun Labs in June. The new service is a permanent addition to the Kinect hub. Fun labs allows Kinect owners to download gadgets to play around with Kinect. Microsoft has released several free gadgets and will make Avatar Kinect available as a free gadget on July 27. The software giant is providing over 15 different stages for users to pick from and use Avatar Kinect. The stages range from kids themed stages to performance and broadcast stages. Avatar Kinect tracks users mouths and eyebrows to animate their avatars live on the screen. Avatar Kinect will allow users to join sessions and chat with each other to create shows that can later be uploaded and shared with others.

  • http://twitter.com/gibbyhome Mark Gibbs

    when are they going to relese the cloud base profiles ? I thought this was allready happening but I don’t think its working yet

    • GP007

      It’d come with the dashboard update, so no, it’s not working yet.   Some games save up to the cloud on their own already, but that’s different.

    • Anonymous

      This is the Fall release.  The update is huge.  The dashboard looks like Windows Phone.

    • Anonymous

      This is the Fall release.  The update is huge.  The dashboard looks like Windows Phone.

  • Test1ngi23

    Microsoft is targeting Nintendo’s preteen audience now? They’re only ones i would see using this.

  • Test1ngi23

    Microsoft is targeting Nintendo’s preteen audience now? They’re only ones i would see using this.

  • Test1ngi23

    Microsoft is targeting Nintendo’s preteen audience now? They’re only ones i would see using this.

    • Xeno

      That’s because you have limited intellect and a kneejerk need to denegrate anything MS.

    • Mark

      There are other potential scenarios: customer service, distance learning, other teleconferencing where bandwidth is limited or at a premium.

      Or you and the other half-dozen a$$hats who spend their day trolling MS sites could create a virtual circle jerk while still maintaining your anonymity.

  • Anonymous

    Will this require a Kinect firmware update too?  I didn’t think the current verison was fine enough to see eyebrows.

    • vwabbitman

      the kinect firmware was updated a week or so ago in anticipation of these upcoming additions.

  • Devon

    Can you only chat with one person or multiple?