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Bethesda Adds Kinect Support For Skyrim

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Matt Gardner
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Bethesda Game Studios, Fus Ro Dah, Kinect, Microsoft, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Xbox 360 games
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Bethesda Adds Kinect Support For Skyrim

Ever dreamt of shouting "Fus Ro Dah!" at your television and catapulting a Nord off a cliff with the power of your voice? Well it looks like you'll get to do just that now that Skyrim on Xbox 360 is to be patched with "more than 200 voice commands".

As well as using the full range of Dovahkiin's command of the Thu'um by hollering at Kinect, players will also be able to select menu items, issue commands to companions, and load/save games with their voices.

The patch will be available later this month, with a full list of Shouts and commands coming soon. Bethesda have also released a video with further details, which you can catch below.

It looks set to be an Xbox 360 exclusive feature, with no word on PC Kinect support.

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stevenjameshyde  Apr. 12, 2012 at 17:07

All well and good (and definitely not a late April Fool - I checked) but... why does this need Kinect? Is there really anything in here which couldn't be accomplished with a simple headset microphone? The same goes for Mass Effect 3's Kinect features

JonLester  Apr. 12, 2012 at 17:28

All well and good (and definitely not a late April Fool - I checked) but... why does this need Kinect? Is there really anything in here which couldn't be accomplished with a simple headset microphone? The same goes for Mass Effect 3's Kinect features


Agreed, I can't help but feel that Microsoft are desperate to use Kinect's microphone as a selling point since so few developers are willing to incorporate motion control into core gameplay. Forgetting that an inexpensive third party headset could probably do the job (hell, I remember Rainbow Six 3 had excellent voice commands on the original Xbox).

Still, for those of us who have a dusty, unused Kinect sensor, this will be a godsend.

Zeipher  Apr. 12, 2012 at 17:30

Man, I love screaming commands at my TV when I get a chance to play late at night. So does my wife!

Last edited by Zeipher, Apr. 12, 2012 at 17:36
phil16  Apr. 12, 2012 at 17:43

JonLester - What about those of us with an 'unplugged in a box because it didn't work well in my average sized front room' unused kinect? No use to us!

JonLester  Apr. 12, 2012 at 18:05

JonLester - What about those of us with an 'unplugged in a box because it didn't work well in my average sized front room' unused kinect? No use to us!


Well, technically, you could plug your Kinect back in since it only uses voice commands - space won't be a problem as it only uses the microphone. Heck, you might finally get some use out of it! :)

Though again, Bethesda could accomplish the same things with a cheap headset. It's annoying that more developers don't support the humble microphone.

phil16  Apr. 12, 2012 at 18:53


Well, technically, you could plug your Kinect back in since it only uses voice commands - space won't be a problem as it only uses the microphone. Heck, you might finally get some use out of it! :)


Thats a little hard as I packed it away in the loft (along with 80% of everything else I own) ready to put the house on the market. Never mind... Would love to see them do the same on the PC with a standard microphone.

shinydemon666  Apr. 13, 2012 at 07:39

JonLester - What about those of us with an 'unplugged in a box because it didn't work well in my average sized front room' unused kinect? No use to us!

Thats a little hard as I packed it away in the loft (along with 80% of everything else I own) ready to put the house on the market. Never mind... Would love to see them do the same on the PC with a standard microphone.


Perhaps the place you're moving to will have a bigger room - bit extreme just to use Kinect though ;o)

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