Skyrim Gets Xbox Kinect Support

Bethesda Game Studios reported last Wednesday that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim now has a Kinect support for Xbox 360. Expected to be released this April, the game’s motion-sensor support will feature more than 200 voice commands—including the dragon shouts.

More Voice Command Features

Other than the favorite dragon shouts, the Skyrim’s Kinect support also includes voice commands for Hotkey Equipping, Follower Commands and all Menus such as Barter, Container, Favorites Items, Magic, Map and Skills. The Voice Commands will enable gamers to create, load saves, and access menus and inventories quickly. In addition, the motion-sensor functionality will include special map functions, hotkey options and inventory sorting based on name, weight and value.

Players have been investing an average of 85 hours of play time in Skyrim, with 30% of them clocking in over 100 hours. With the upcoming release of Voice Commands download, an increase in play time is definitely expected.

Overcoming Disappointments

Skyrim aims to overlook its recent disappointments with its Kinect support and new downloads. It should be recalled that the game lost the “Game of the Year” title against Minecraft in the National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers Awards last year. They also went home empty handed at the 2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Video Games Award last March.

Released on November 11, 2011, the game’s story revolves around the player’s efforts to defeat Alduin—a dragon god which is prophesized to destroy the world. The game takes place in the fictional province of Skyrim, and re-imagines the epic, open-world fantasy.

Pushing the gameplay and virtual world technology to new heights, gamers can play any type of characters they like and do whatever they want. Moreover, the game’s engine brings a complete virtual world to life with rolling clouds, rugged mountains, bustling cities, lush fields and ancient dungeons.


Bethesda said that a complete list of voice commands for Skyrim’s Kinect support will be available in the coming weeks. They also released a video, which gives players an early look at the game’s motion-sensor support for Xbox 360. The clip features programmer Ricardo Gonzalez, the man responsible for the game’s Kinect functionality during the Skyrim Game Jam.

The game publisher also hinted that they are working on a downloadable content that will be exclusive for Xbox 360. The DLC is said to add new quests, locations and more Skyrim features. In addition, game director Todd Howard suggested that goblins, spell combinations and dragon mounts could make it into the DLC.

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