Chris Perkins has been working on his first game for Microsoft’s new console, Thestrums, since January.
When he finally finished it, he was stunned.
“It was like watching a kid’s toy car with a little car engine,” he says.
“When the console launches, you’ll be able to play almost every Xbox game you want on Xbox, but it’ll still be a long time before you can play The Strals on the next-gen system,” he told GameSpot at E3 in June. “
“You’re going to need a special version of Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, which is coming out later this year.” “
When the console launches, you’ll be able to play almost every Xbox game you want on Xbox, but it’ll still be a long time before you can play The Strals on the next-gen system,” he told GameSpot at E3 in June.
“You’re going to need a special version of Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, which is coming out later this year.”
But The Strums isn’t just another Kinect-enabled game.
It’s a unique take on a genre of games that have long been in decline in the console space.
“One of the big trends over the last few years has been that people are playing more and more Kinect games,” Perkins explains.
“A lot of people who love Kinect games, like me, are really excited about the future of these types of games.”
And The Strams is a great example of how Kinect-based games can work well on the new system.
The game features some of the most realistic looking 3D physics and facial animations I’ve ever seen in a Kinect-focused game, and it looks incredible in-game.
I even caught myself smiling while playing it, which I’m not sure I’ve done in years.
But it’s not the only game on the Xbox One to make use of Kinect, as Microsoft has also been making some really interesting use of the device in the last year or so.
“With Kinect, it’s a really good example of where the game developers have been able to take a Kinect game and make it work on the same platform,” Perkins says.
I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about the idea of Kinect for games, but The Strales is a really nice example of a game that works on the platform well, and I think it’s going to continue to be a big success.
If you’re wondering how much I love the Kinect, you can check out our full review of The Struts on Xbox Wire.
But you can also play the game on any console you want right now.
“The Strals is a very different kind of game, but I feel it’s one of those rare games that you’ll get the chance to play on both your Xbox One and Xbox One S,” Perkins told me.
“And you’ll also be able use Kinect to control it.
And it’s actually very interesting.”
That’s the idea behind the new Kinect-specific feature, which lets you turn the game into a motion-based shooter, but you can’t actually use the Kinect to fire the gun.
Instead, you have to be standing next to the camera to control the weapon.
And unlike the original Kinect-only game The Strum, you only have one shot to aim at each enemy.
“We think that’s the perfect balance between gameplay and entertainment,” Perkins tells me.
Thestrum games aren’t necessarily the only ones with the new feature.
Microsoft also announced a new Xbox One Kinect feature earlier this month that will let you “use your hands to move your hands in a way that lets you look around your surroundings.”
And in a small update this week, Microsoft also added a “camera” feature that lets Kinect-powered games work on Xbox Live’s built-in games library.
“Now, you will be able interact with your friends in games on Xbox and Xbox Live with your Kinect, using your hands and gestures to control your surroundings, view your friends and family, and more,” the company wrote in a blog post.
The Strays game, like all of Microsofts Kinect games coming in the coming year, is still in development, but Perkins says that’s a good sign.
“There’s a lot of good stuff in the pipeline, and hopefully it’s just a matter of time before we get it out,” he said.