Something to shout about? Skyrim gets Kinect voice support
Trailer demonstrates real time
hotkey equipping, follower commands, and "Dragon Shouts".
Michael Plant is chief editor and writer of gaming ezine and blog GamesCatalyst.com, as well as editor of 'The Independent'’s games review printed in the Saturday supplement 'Information'. Established in February 2011, Games Catalyst endeavours to bring its unique brand of fact and satire to the videogaming community and, in tandem with 'The Independent', hopefully turn a few non-believers on to gaming while we’re at it.
Thursday 12 April 2012
Adding a new dimension to Skyrim’s gameplay, the Kinect integration offers voice commands throughout the game including "Dragon Shouts", hotkey equipping, follower commands, and access to all menus (items, magic, map, barter, container, favorites, and skills).
Voice commands also allow the player to quickly create and load saves during gameplay and access menus and inventories. Skyrim’s Kinect support also adds new functionality including special map functions, additional hotkey options, and the ability to sort inventory items by name, weight, and value. Expect a full list of voice commands in the coming weeks.
The update follows the likes of Mass Effect 3 in integrating voice commands into Xbox 360 games. Though the official press release doesn't state whether we’ll still be able to look at ourselves in the mirror after spending hours at a time shouting at our TV sets in a darkened room.
Bethesda Game Studios also teased the fact that upcoming additional content will ‘add new quests, locations, features, and much more to the world of Skyrim’. More on that when details are forthcoming.
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