Microsoft is laser focused on turning the Xbox 360 into a family entertainment hub of sorts. The company previously announced long term goals of bringing interactive child-friendly titles for the Kinect. It looks like that day is near as two Kinect titles will release later this year.
Kinect Sesame Street TV and Kinect Nat Geo TV (National Geographic) will release September 18th for $29.99 each and deliver an interactive experience through the shows.
Apparently kids will be able to interact with what’s going on the screen by waving their arms to invoke some sort of reaction from the videos. Major Nelson also reveals that the Nike+Kinect Training program will be available for $49.99 October 30th.
With these all new 2-way TV experiences from Kinect for Xbox 360, your child can now jump inside his or her favorite television shows and engage, interact and learn like never before. “Kinect Sesame Street TV” and “Kinect Nat Geo TV” will each cost $29.99 USD/2400 MS points for eight 30-minute episodes and will be available at your local retailers and also via download when you purchase a Season’s Pass on Xbox LIVE. Individual episodes can also be purchased for $4.99 USD/400 MS points.
Its an interesting idea that is geared towards young children and looks promising. However, it does appear that many gamers are upset at the lack of core Kinect titles judging by the reaction to the blog post.