Microsoft’s PlayXBLA website have announced a new singing (and dancing, but focusing on singing) game for the Xbox 360 called simply Karaoke. The extent of the Kinect support hasn’t been revealed although it seems obvious that it’s used for at least some dancing as you can see a Kinect window in some of the screenshots, plus Karaoke’s Marketplace page lists Kinect under genre, however Kinect isn’t mentioned in the PlayXBLA article when listing supported microphones which is strange. So are Kinect’s voice recognition capabilities supported? Also, the release date hasn’t been revealed yet but it’s due out before Christmas and supports Xbox SmartGlass.
By the way, this was the game featured in one of PlayXBLA’s Secret Screenshot Surprise articles that I speculated was Kinect Star, so this isn’t Kinect Star (as that is/was being made by Ubisoft) and there’s still no more info on that game.
Here’s more info about Karaoke from PlayXBLA, the press release and the Xbox LIVE Marketplace description:
Microsoft Studios and The KARAOKE Channel have collaborated on a new entertainment service for Xbox LIVE, “Karaoke” for Xbox 360! The KARAOKE Channel will draw on its leading expertise in the karaoke business to provide Xbox LIVE members with streaming of a complete library of karaoke songs, further enriching the unique experience Xbox 360 owners already enjoy. With a library of over 8,000 songs including the latest hits and golden oldies, in top genres like Pop, Rock, Country, R&B/Hip-Hop and more, there will be songs for everyone in the family to enjoy. Start warming up those vocal cords now folks because this exciting new way to enjoy Karaoke will be available soon and just in time for the holiday season!
Official Stingray Music USA Inc.- The KARAOKE Channel Press Release:
The KARAOKE Channel, a property of Stingray Music USA Inc., an affiliate of the innovative Montreal-based provider of multi-platform music services Stingray Digital Group Inc., today announced their collaboration on “Karaoke” for Xbox 360, an exciting new entertainment service that will be available for download through Xbox LIVE in time for the holidays.
“As the owner of the world’s largest licensed karaoke library and karaoke service on TV and Internet, the KARAOKE Channel will combine its expertise with the advanced capabilities of the Xbox 360 platform from Microsoft to develop the best in-home karaoke experience ever,” says Eric Boyko, President and CEO of Stingray Digital Group Inc. “Now anyone can access our vast library and sing in a fun and interactive way right from their Xbox.”
“Karaoke” for Xbox 360 is simply fun
“Karaoke” for Xbox 360 is easy to launch and makes it easy to sing. Karaoke fans will sing along to scrolling lyrics on screen while their avatar performs the song on stage with a full complement of stage props, backup band and an adoring audience. The more songs are sung and poses struck, the more moola, props, fans and fun are earned as achievements are awarded.
Songs don’t require downloading; they play immediately via streaming for a robust karaoke experience. To keep the party going, songs can be queued via the top navigation through search, browse or SmartGlass integration, which connects a tablet or mobile device to the Xbox 360 console. Songs can be added to Favorites so they’re super-easy to find, or can be found through the History list to sing them over and over again. Other options include key change and a lead vocal track to help sing less familiar songs. To access all of the features, an Xbox 360 Headset, Xbox Wireless Microphone or an Xbox 360 compatible USB microphone is required.
Available on Xbox LIVE in time for the holidays, “Karaoke” for Xbox 360 will have a selection of free sample songs that will change frequently. Full access to the entire library is available for blocks of 2, 6 or 24 hours by redeeming Microsoft Points. Songs are added to the library on a regular basis as they are produced and licensed, giving everyone a great reason to launch The KARAOKE Channel on Xbox LIVE to discover new songs to sing.
About The KARAOKE Channel:
The KARAOKE Channel, with a library of thousands of professional quality karaoke songs, has been spreading the fun of karaoke on TV, as a video on demand service available in more than 55 million homes worldwide, online, with The KARAOKE Channel ONLINE community and download store, and as a mobile app for iPhone and iPod touch and Android. For more information, visit thekaraokechannel.com
- Offline co-op 1 – 4
- Dolby Digital
- Content downloads
Source: PlayXBLA, Xbox LIVE Marketplace