Kinect for Skyrim lets you Shout at your TV
A few weeks ago, Bethesda let leak a video that showed what their programmers were capable of given few restrictions and a world to play with as bountiful as Skyrim. One of the features demoed in the video was the ability to do Thu’um shouts using your Kinect. The idea was cute and funny, that you could shout “FUS RO DAH!” at your TV and watch your enemies crumble at the might of your shout, but I was personally skeptical that it would ever actually get implemented into the game. But today, Bethesda has proved me wrong, as a title update coming to your Xbox 360 later this month will give Skyrim Kinect support.
The video below has more details, but I’ll summarize. With the Kinect, you can soon:
- Perform Thu’um shouts, as was demoed previously.
- Issue orders to followers, like “wait” or “attack”
- Hotkey items and quick-equip without opening a sub-menu.
- Trade, barter, and sort items using your voice. Very helpful when selling your most valuable items or dropping the heaviest items.
- Quick-save and quick-load with a voice command.
- Open the Skills menu
- Open the map, fast-travel, and find your location.
Gimmicky? The shouts certainly are, but it at least allows you to perform exactly the shout you want without having to manage them via hotkeys. The rest of the features are very welcome to me. I love Skyrim, but the menus felt like a hurdle you had to vault over in order to get to the game. Hopefully, the voice commands will let me spend more time in the game and less time in menus, managing my game experience.
I’m just waiting for that YouTube video that photoshops a guy shouting at his Kinect only to see his 60″ LED TV go flying into the wall and shatter into a million pieces.
Source: The Feed