Exclusive: Forza Motorsport 4 will be the first game in the series to sport motion controls. Microsoft Kinect will let players steer cars with just their bare hands, explore cars like never before and track head movements when playing. Forza Motorsport 4 won’t be in shops until Autumn, but we paid a visit to developer Turn 10 Studios in Washington for a first-hand look. We’ve got it all on video, right here.
Forza Motorsport 4 will get three core Kinect-specific features. One of which was first shown at E3 2010 – the ability to tour cars in your garage by literally walking around them, and moving in for a closer look as if they were real.
Play the video above from the start to see Lead Design Bill Giese peer around a Ferrari Enzo, opening up its boot, car doors and demoing the points of interest feature that lets players learn more about the cars in the game.
The studio has also secured the help of Top Gear’s Jezza Clarkson, who provides audio summaries and descriptions of the motors. If you’re a Top Gear fan, it’s well worth a watch. Jeremy doesn’t hold back. Watch at the 5-minute mark to hear Clarkson dispense some Ferrari Enzo trivia, or the 10:35 to hear the Top Gear legend rip into the Ferrari California.
Want to see some actual driving? Then check out the video below. Here, Giese drive around the new Alps track, which we were one of the very first to see. Intended for more casual players, breaking can be taken care of, letting players concentrate on steering. Players can move their foot forward to lay off the gas. “We kept falling into this pit of trying to design it for the core,” Giese explains in the video. “It’s not for them.” Take a look.
Kinect head-tracking wheel gameplay
Microsoft Kinect will also be able to track the movement of players heads. It’s not a new innovation, but remains a first for the Forza Motorsport series. We’ll admit, it’s difficult to see the full effect of Kinect-head-tracking here in this video – the developer has a steady head, it seems. Take a quick glimpse of it below.
Will you be combining Microsoft Kinect with Fora Motorsport 4? Impressed by what you’ve seen so far? Let us know in the comments section below.