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.”