Microsoft Kinect Set For 10 November UK Launch

Microsoft has announced 10 November as the UK launch date of its highly anticipated Kinect motion-sensing Xbox 360 gaming peripheral.

The company has said that the next few months will be a critical time for Microsoft's gaming division as it plans to launch the Xbox platform on the Windows Phone 7 as well as compete with Nintendo's Wii and Sony's PlayStation Move motion-sensing controller in the US and European markets.

The UK launch of the device is just 6 days after the 4 November launch in the US, and is expected to be one week ahead of the European launch.

In a statement to Tech Radar, Chris Lewis, the European head of Microsoft's Xbox division, said: “We are bringing the Kinect experience to Europe for the first time at gamescom because this is the biggest show in the region and we're committed to investing in Europe and the critical role it plays in Xbox's global success.”

Several experts believe, however, that Microsoft's Kinect will struggle to compete with Sony's more competitively priced PS Move. Experts also suggest that the Move will better appeal to 'hardcore' gamers as it is more responsive and accurate than the Kinect.