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Microsoft to Create Interactive Children's Games for Kinect XBox 360 Platform

Microsoft has announced plans to design a new set of games and interactive content targeted at children for its Xbox 360 platform.

The company stated that it will release ‘playful learning’ games and other interactive content for its Kinect for Xbox 360 platform. Microsoft announced, at an event in New York, that it was partnering with National Geographic, Disney and Sesame Workshop for the Kinect-based video games.

Microsoft’s Kinect allows users to play video games, controller free, by simply using their body gestures. Content Microsoft has lined up for ‘playful learning’ on Kinect includes Kinect Sesame Street TV and Kinect Nat Geo TV, which are interactive TV programs that include gaming segments, which allow kids to interact with the characters using Kinect, as reported (opens in new tab) by the Guardian.

"We know that the most effective learning environments for children are those that are engaging and exciting, and that foster collaboration and a positive attitude toward learning," said Microsoft educational design director, Alex Games.

"The new way to play allows children to learn by interacting with their favourite characters and engage with content in novel ways," he said.