Microsoft finally launching XBox Kinect in Japan this weekend, and Takashi Sensui(MS Japanese Home & Entertainment division general manager) can hardly believe it, in a way. “It’s been two or three years since I first became aware of the Kinect project, but it seems a lot quicker than that,” he told Famitsu magazine in this week’s issue.
With Kinect’s Japan launch looming, Sensui was quick to point out that the response from local dev studios was just as enthusiastic as it has been worldwide. “To be honest, the Kinect response from Japanese creators was a lot bigger than I expected,” he said. “I think they, in particular, quickly got a grasp on how controller-free gaming could be taken advantage of; it really fueled their imaginations, and that’s made us happy as well. Although he’s upbeat about the dev response, Sensui admitted to Famitsu that it’ll likely be a while before we’ll get to experience the Kinect’s full potential as a control device. “We’re thinking first and foremost about games that provide a whole new style of play to gamers,” he said, “and having developers make those sorts of games might take a little time.