Skyrim gets Kinected

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Get ready to shout at your Xbox with the new Kinect-enabled title update for Skyrim.

Yes, Kinect is factoring into Bethesda’s Skyrim (giving some people another excuse to bust the game out) and it’s not just bringing Dragon Shouts with it.

Adding a new dimension to Skyrim’s gameplay, the Kinect for Xbox 360 integration offers Voice Commands throughout the game including Dragon Shouts, Hotkey Equipping, Follower Commands, and all Menus (Items, Magic, Map, Barter, Container, Favorites, and Skills). With Voice Commands, quickly create and load saves during gameplay and access menus and inventories. Skyrim’s Kinect for Xbox 360 Support also adds new functionality including special map functions, additional hotkey options, and the ability to sort inventory items by name, weight, and value.

This just feels like the right way to integrate Kinect into more ‘core’ games. You get a ton of functionality here and yet none of it feels forced or dumbed down for a more mass audience. And of course, it’s free and just happens to be an add-on to one of the biggest and best titles to hit consoles in recent years- that doesn’t exactly hurt.

The Kinect update for Skyrim will be available sometime this month with more dlc on the horizon too. Those eventual packs will add even more quests, locations, and features. No word on when to expect thaem quite yet, but we’ll have the info for you as soon as it’s released.

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