After this year’s E3, gamers were somewhat relieved when Microsoft ensured that there would be more integration with the Kinect using hardcore titles such as Mass Effect 3 and Ghost Recon 2. Their demonstration garnered a few “oohs” and “aahs,” but those titles aren’t set to be released until next year. Luckily, some crafty YouTubers have found a way to give full motion controls to Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls: Sykrim.
Using a PC version of the game and a Kinect, they were able to use full motion controls and voice commands.
Well, gesture control is handled by the Kinect using a program called FAAST. FAAST, a middleware that operates using the OpenNI framework, converts user movements into keystrokes. Unfortunately, the openNI framework does not support voice control for the Kinect.
As a way around this, voice control in the Skyrim Kinect video is handled by a program called VAC (Voice Activated Commands). VAC allows you to pair spoken words with keystrokes.
Using the hack, players can chop down their enemies with a simple swipe of their right hand. You can also use it to cast spells and your left hand is used to control the camera. Moving your character is as simple as putting your right foot forward. If you put your foot out more, your character will change from walking to running.
Using voice commands, players can navigate through the menus and equip items to each hand. According to KinectFAAST, they are currently working on a new video that will have them developing voice recognition for drinking potions, more spells and…Dragon Shouts.
Pretty cool stuff. Hope the guys over at Microsoft are watching. You can check out the full video below as well as their Dead Island and Bulletstorm Kinect videos.