Dragon shouts are about to get a whole lot more amazing. Bethesda has announced that they are officially bringing Kinect functionality to the Xbox 360 version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It will be “available for free as a title update slated for release this month” and feature over 200 voice commands.
The voice controls work for more than just shouts. Here’s the good word from Bethesda’s official blog:
In addition to Dragon Shouts, the Kinect for Xbox 360 integration offers voice commands throughout the game including Hotkey Equipping, Follower Commands, and all Menus (Items, Magic, Map, Barter, Container, Favorites, and Skills). With Voice Commands, quickly create and load saves during gameplay and access menus and inventories. Skyrim’s Kinect for Xbox 360 Support also adds new functionality including special map functions, additional hotkey options, and the ability to sort inventory items by name, weight, and value.
This news means nothing to me. I’ve been shouting at my TV alongside my casting selections since the game released. That it actually does something is, I guess, a bonus. Now my pointless shouting actually has a point, and that’s a little depressing.
All terrible jokes aside, my favorite bit of the trailer above comes at the end. The ability to save and quickly load from any point in the game will be amazing. Especially when I know I’m about to get completely rocked in a dungeon.
I also love the quick travel functionality in maps and the ability to sort items by voice when scrolling through my inventory. This whole thing feels like an update of convenience more than anything else.
We actually saw the PC version of Skyrim hacked to work with Kinect several months ago. That modder had the Kinect working for combat and exploration as well. Bethesda, obviously, opted to keep those mechanics relegated to traditional control.
Are you excited to make use of this new feature?