Microsoft’s “Minority Report” Predictions

In the near future, consumers will be playing videogames without controllers, giving directions to lifelike avatars and waving files from screen to screen a la “Minority Report,” according to Microsoft (MSFT).

Yusuf Mehdi, senior vice president of the software giant’s online audience business group, made these predictions during Mixx, an interactive advertising conference in New York. His first demo was of Project Natal, an Xbox 360 initiative that focuses on controller-free gaming.

Gamers kicked their opponent by making a roundhouse of their own, and drove in a racing game by air-steering. Some videogames, like soccer, will take advantage of full-body motion capture, and a skateboarding game will let players scan their own board, which their avatar can then step on.

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