USA Today featured an article today about Project Natal, but rather than calling it Project Natal, they decided to call it by Microsoft's new name for their new motion peripheral: Kinect
Kinect is set to host a plethora of features, such as facial and voice recognition, which will let you choose features like Netflix and other games, all done with a new menu that let's you reach out and point towards your selection. It'll also work with video chat, widening the view when someone else walks into the room.
They also announced a few games in the works for Kinect, which are:
• Kinectimals lets you train and play with 20 different virtual cats, including a lion, cheetah and tiger.
• Joyride, a racing game, lets players use their hands to hold an imaginary steering wheel — pull your hands toward you and push back out for an acceleration boost — and their bodies to execute jumps and tricks.
• Kinect Sports has six activities including boxing, bowling, beach volleyball, track and field, soccer and table tennis. To serve a volleyball, you mimic the real motion; in soccer, you can kick the ball or do a header.
• Kinect Adventures includes a river-raft time trial and obstacle course, playable by up to four players. On the raft, playing as a duo, you and a partner must lean one way or another to steer. Jumping helps the raft reach special areas for extra points.
• Dance Central, in development by MTV Games, brings a So You Think You Can Dance experience home.
• Star Wars characters and iconic Disney favorites will be featured in separate new games being developed at Microsoft in conjunction with LucasArts and Disney.
More details regarding the new hardware will surely be announced as Microsoft takes the stage at E3 this year. The question is, however, will Kinect be enough to dethrone Nintendo's Wii, or will it fall short of expectations?
EDIT: There are now a few shots of the final hardware for Kinect. See the external link below.