Avatar Kinect Demonstrated, Expected Launch on July 27

Avatar Kinect, a feature of Xbox 360 with an ability to conduct virtual meetings among avatars using the Kinect sensor will finally become available for free for Xbox 360 owners on Tuesday, July 26. The features was first announced and shown off this January during the Microsoft 2011 CES keynote by the Microsoft's CEO Steve […]

Avatar Kinect, a feature of Xbox 360 with an ability to conduct virtual meetings among avatars using the Kinect sensor will finally become available for free for Xbox 360 owners on Tuesday, July 26. The features was first announced and shown off this January during the Microsoft 2011 CES keynote by the Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer.

With Avatar Kinect, a player can invite up to seven friends to join them in one of 15 imaginative virtual environments. One of those worlds is a performance stage, where friends can record their performance and share with friends. Using the Kinect camera users will be able to chat with other online Xbox 360 users via their avatars. The Kinect camera will be able to track a user's facial expressions and have those movements translated to the user's avatar allowing said user to communicate with others that are using the same feature.

To demonstrate how Avatar Kinect can work in a business setting, Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie conducted an interview on July 15 with CNBC's Maria Bartiromo using Avatar Kinect.

In a related news, Xbox 360 today received a system update. "When you sign in to Xbox LIVE you'll receive a prompt to accept a mandatory system update. If you are signed into LIVE already, you may be signed out and asked to accept the update and you'll be back online in a few moments," revealed Major Nelson.

There are no new features that will show up once your system has been updated. This update is preparation for additional system enhancements coming to Xbox 360 later this year.