You read it right. Bethesda announced they’re bringing Kinect support to Skyrim this month. The update will be free on the Xbox 360 and will feature more than 200 voice commands—including dragon shouts.

I laughed a bit when I first heard this, but after watching the demonstration video, honestly, this could really make a big difference for gameplay. It looks like Kinect support is only for voice commands, but they really change the way the game is played.

You can use voice commands to control your allies, for example. Tell them to wait, follow you, or attack an enemy and they’ll gladly do your bidding.

You can also use voice commands to switch weapons, through a hotkey feature, like “equip sword and shield” before a battle, or to equip different spells. Voice commands also spill over into map navigation—just say the name of where you want to go and it moves to there—and it has quick save and quick load features.

According to Bethesda, “A full list of Voice Commands will be revealed in the coming weeks, and we’ve got more Skyrim news coming.”

They also hint at something else in the works, saying they’ve “been hard at work on creating the first set of game add-ons that will be exclusive to the Xbox 360. This additional content will add new quests, locations, features, and much more to the world of Skyrim. Stay tuned for more details.”

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7 Responses

  1. Matt Gardiner

    I already yell “Fus Roh Dah!” at my screen. After a skyrim bender, I yell it at my cat, wife and random objects around the house…

    Reminds me of the mod for PC version – http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=5626

    Finally hardcore gamers will have an excuse to use that Kinect! Then again, I’m guessing the head set will work too…

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  2. Matt

    Yay, now a bunch of idiots can wave at their screen and have glitchy control of their character some more. I bet tons of people pay for this shit too.

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    • Albert

      Damn dude, who pissed in your cheerios? Also, you obviously did not read the body of the article, as there will be no “waving”.

      Why on earth do you have a reason about a game getting additional features for free. If you don’t like them, don’t use them.

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      • Flavia

        Damn dude, who pissed in your coheries? Also, you obviously did not read the body of the article, as there will be no waving . Why on earth do you have a reason about a game getting additional features for free. If you don’t like them, don’t use them.

    • Matt Gardiner

      Matt, there was no word about motion controls in the story… Microsoft made no bones about wanting the Kinect to appeal to “hardcore gamers”. I do agree with the glitchy part. Kinect has that crap lag to it, some times waving comes across as flailing. It needs improvement.

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