Posted Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 08:30 AM PST by Dick Ward
A TV set with solid motion controls could be a boon, but Microsoft's choice of partners raise an eyebrow.
Microsoft Kinect may not be the most wieldy gaming peripheral out there. Integration into hardcore gaming experiences hasn't exactly been happening and most Kinect games fail to impress. Where it shines though, is in controlling the basic user interface and swiping through menus.
It may not sound like much, but it's this functionality that TV makers have been trying - and failing - to put in their sets for a few years now. It makes sense that a company would want to take advantage of this tech and that Microsoft would want to find new ways to sell it or license it.
According to rumor, Microsoft has been in talks with two partners. The first is Vizio, a company that has been working hard to separate itself from the pack by trying out new technologies and making less conventional sets.
The second partner is Sony. While the PlayStation arm of Sony is completely separate from the Sony that makes TVs, it's still an interesting thing to see. Having the Microsoft Kinect baked into a Sony product would be quite a sight.
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