Bethesda has just announced that a free title update for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be released later this month, that will add Kinect support for the Xbox 360 version of the game. Kinect integration will add more than 200 voice commands to the game.

With Kinect’s voice recognition capabilities, players will be able to use hotkey equipping, follower commands, load and create quick saves, access menus and inventories, and most importantly, use dragon shouts. Kinect support will also add special map functions, more hotkey options, and the ability to sort inventory items by name, value, and weight. Unfortunately, it seems that these new voice commands will be restricted to the Kinect, meaning you won’t be able to use a headset to dragon shout your way through the game.

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  • Nick

    I wonder if Xbox is allowing them to update the game for free because they are giving it kinect support…

  • Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft IS PAYING THEM to do this. A lot of games are getting random Kinect support these days.

  • Taylor

    I really dislike the fact that games keep coming out with Kinect VOICE support, but not voice support with regular headset support. It wouldn’t be that difficult. Clearly just another way to make money to them by being able to advertise games with “Extra” Kinect support ONLY. I can’t say that’s bad business, but it sucks that they’re leaving us non-Kinect people dry.

  • Eh, it’s stuff I can live without. To be honest, Kinect is probably going to be supported on the next Xbox iteration. Considering that the Kinect can do some pretty impressive stuff, but has no processor, this means it piggybacks on the Xbox.

    Microsoft is probably going to use the Kinect with the next console generation, so they are trying to increase the user base. Hence stuff like Skyrim, Mass Effect 3 and Forza 4 using Kinect.

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