Bethesda announced today that Kinect voice support is on its way to the Xbox 360. You can see some of that in action in the above video. It’s a neat idea, and I can see how a lot of the voice commands could be really useful.
The Shouts make the most sense in terms of how you might integrate voice support into the game. After all, this is the one and only way your character actually speaks (with a voice) in the game. It’s natural to use the Kinect to Shout.
And yet…I just can’t see myself actually sitting in my living room issuing commands in an ancient dragon language, whether or not I’m dragonborn. Could I pronounce the Shouts properly to begin with? Could I do it with a straight face? Or would my wife simply laugh at me to the point where doing so would be utterly impossible?
No, I can see the equip commands and the follower commands being quite useful; navigating the map even more so. But Shouting ( or shouting rather) at my Kinect only happens when it keeps screwing up and not seeing my motion commands. I mean, I’m right there. I’m waving, damnit. Can’t you see me waving?
The Kinect is a neat innovation, but nothing beats a controller – except a mouse and keyboard.