Kinect Sports Rivals hands-on – meeting the next generation me

Aoife stops by Rare’s booth for a full-body scan, then goes for a rock climb.

Perhaps it had something to do with the prospect of free T-shirts, but Kinect Sports Rivals consistently commanded some of the biggest crowds at Gamescom’s Xbox Showcase. Before getting a hands-on myself, I kept sneaking back to Rare’s stand, peeking over shoulders to get a handle on the accuracy of the game’s full-body scanning and Avatar creation feature. There were some duds, of course, and there were a couple of occasions when the process failed, and had to be restarted. But more often than not you could clearly see the resemblance between the in-game champion and their real-life counterpart. The next generation of Xbox Live Avatars? This might just be it.

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