July 25th 2011 9:00 am PT

Avatar Kinect now available

Avatar Kinect

Avatar Kinect is now available for download. Once the download is complete, you can either select ‘Play Now’ from the download screen, or later, you can return to the Guide and select the “Games” tab, then “Quick Launch” to play. If you have FunLabs, go to “My Gadgets” and select “Avatar Kinect.” Once you upload your movies, then go to KinectShare.com where you can watch the video, download it or share it out on Facebook.



Add Avatar Kinect to your Xbox 360 download queue

Kinect, Xbox 360, Xbox Live By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • http://twitter.com/GlennZA Glenn Alexander

    I highly recommend Avatar Kinect. We got to play around with it a little last week and it is a hoot!
    Just love what we will be doing with it going forward…

    • Anonymous

      I found the tracking to be terrible, not sure what the sensor even thinks it is seeing at times. Apparently you got that good version of it?

  • http://twitter.com/JACKMANROCKS97 Jack Morley

    waiting for this a long time…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BUAK2WDOKG4DFJ2IL7Z7WSJ5JM Bastien

    Kinect fu labs hangs on blue screen to fix this problem thank you

    • http://twitter.com/xXSushiSanXx Stephen McCan

      I had this problem, try clearing your system cache, fixed the problem for me

      Edit: And of course, as soon as I post that it starts freezing on the blue screen again

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1042511992 Jacob Bishop

    you cant play these things if fun labs is broken…

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002584021988 Eric Pfoutz

    The update borked FUN LABS. Locks up on blue (logo) screen.

  • http://twitter.com/Navarin Bennijin Turbo

    LOL @ Kinect Sparkler costing money.

  • http://twitter.com/Navarin Bennijin Turbo

    LOL @ Kinect Sparkler costing money.

  • http://www.fliknotes.com Adam

    I tried updating Kinect FunLabs and it is hanging on the blue screen. Any word on an update to resolve this issue?

    • http://twitter.com/Amolain 夢を見られた・・・⠠⠁⠍⠁⠝⠙⠁ :)

      You mean an actual BSOD?! Haha! Awesome.

    • Anonymous

      It is what Fun Labs is now, they know about it, they aren’t doing anything about it. Their support page is blowing up over it.

  • Anonymous

    the fun labs have been down since last week. Whats up with that Major?

  • Anonymous

    Man, I can’t play it sitting down like they do in the ads. It just gets fidgety. 

  • http://www.avatar-awards.eu/content Quandoz

    Here the same problem. After starting fun labs, i have a blue screen.

    Pls make an update…

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  • http://twitter.com/Navarin Bennijin Turbo

    Apparently you need to have Kinect Voice Commands turned on to avoid the freeze, though I don’t know how much truth there is in that.

    • Anonymous

      my voice commands are on and it still freezes

      • http://twitter.com/Navarin Bennijin Turbo

        Fair enough, just something I caught on x360a.

        Try turning them off and on again?

    • Adam Shields

      I’ve tested this theory and it fails. The reality is that this thing is just broken. It ocurred during either the Tuesday (7/19) Update or during the kinect update when Sparkler was added. Whatever it was, no amount of tweaks is fixing it. Additionally, I haven’t gotten a response from my submission. Awesome that people working on an SDK for Kinect now get to find out that stuff freezes. I’m usually fairly pro Microsoft because I love my 360 but I’d sure like an explaination as to why what seems to be a large percentage of users cannot get onto their Fun Labs. These things usually go through cert. -Adam

  • Anonymous

    You know, it would be a really good idea for MS to not only release Avatar Kinect, but finally fix or at least remove the patch for Kinect Fun Labs that broke the whole thing OVER ONE WEEK ago. Of course, now you can’t even post this tidbit on the forums, since they are broken as well for days now.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. I have no idea why they even released it. The only way to play it is through a workaround, they KNOW that, and they still release it. Crazy.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/j.camerons Cameron Stevens

    Got it… will figure it out later. I still think I need a bigger room for Kinect.

  • http://twitter.com/_Vivic_ Victor Vidal

    Use a quick launch to use it, it won’t freeze!

    • Anonymous

      I can confirm this method works. Just quick launch to Avatar Kinect and you wont have to deal with the freezing Fun Labs.

      • http://twitter.com/Goodeye Ken C

        It’s good that this is another way in, however the way they want us to is through Fun labs, so they need to fix it so that we can.

  • Anonymous

    I am unable to get into Kinect Fun Labs. When it starts I see the Nissan ad and then it goes away and my console freezes. Nothing. I have an older white model Xbox 360 and I am not the only one with this issue. I got my Kinect last week and I have been unable to get into Kinect Fun Labs at all. I really want to try it out.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Corey-Oliver/1671793086 Corey Oliver

    Not a good idea to announce this Major/Xbox. Kinect Fun Labs has been broken since the last update. It freezes every time. All you’re doing is inviting the whole world to get angry with you.

  • Anonymous

    mine is only freezing now on my 250g hd my 120 g is working fine now  I am uninstalling it on the 250 now and try reinstalling it to see if iy will work like my 120g did

  • http://www.facebook.com/tylbre Tyler Breitweiser

    I can’t even get into fun labs, it always says server unavailable. Haven’t even been able to try Bobbleheads or Build a Buddy. 512MB Arcade model with a 60GB HDD from starter kit. I know the newer 4GB models have this same issue. Any fix in the future?

    • Dustin Patton

      It’s rumored that you need a hard drive for it to work. I was just complaining about this yesterday on reddit!

      • http://twitter.com/Dus10125 Dustin Patton

        Edit: Didn’t read the full post.

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  • http://twitter.com/Sumhydroponic38 David Shaffer

    I’ve got a 250g Slim model and I am having the same problem that most others are having. Sure, I can launch it from the quick launch menu, but I still have achievements in the other fun labs games that need completed. Any word on a fix Major?

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  • Russell Baldwin

    I wish upon a star for some Radiant Silvergun news…

    • http://twitter.com/boeboelord Boe2

      I hear ya, it’s been ages since we had that delicious teaser. I guess MS is too busy trying to force kinect onto customers.

      • http://twitter.com/Navarin Bennijin Turbo

        Start of September, 1200.

        (MAYBE end of August.)

        • Russell Baldwin

          Yeah, that’s roughly when I expect it. If not by 9/21, then I am going to be concerned. Although someone did just post footage on youtube that was apparently shown at Comic-Con…

        • Russell Baldwin

          Yeah, that’s roughly when I expect it. If not by 9/21, then I am going to be concerned. Although someone did just post footage on youtube that was apparently shown at Comic-Con…

        • Russell Baldwin

          Yeah, that’s roughly when I expect it. If not by 9/21, then I am going to be concerned. Although someone did just post footage on youtube that was apparently shown at Comic-Con…

        • Russell Baldwin

          Yeah, that’s roughly when I expect it. If not by 9/21, then I am going to be concerned. Although someone did just post footage on youtube that was apparently shown at Comic-Con…

        • Russell Baldwin

          Yeah, that’s roughly when I expect it. If not by 9/21, then I am going to be concerned. Although someone did just post footage on youtube that was apparently shown at Comic-Con…

  • http://twitter.com/Clutchsky GT: iClutchsky

    if you guys are having problems, try loading avatar kinect through Quick Launch, it should work as well with other fun labs apps

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Gonzales/100000795564555 Jonathan Gonzales

    avatar kinect and sparklers arent in fun labs. i had to come here to download avatar kinect..i want sparklers too!

    • http://twitter.com/Kravex Kravex

      Sparklers comes out on Thursday and is 240 MSP, still want it?

      • http://www.facebook.com/CheckeredMichael Michael Brooks

        Lol just because it costs a mere 240Msp you don’t want to buy it? How cheap are you? It would most definitely be worth it. :)

  • http://twitter.com/RohanDaKitty Rohan

    It’s not very good… Major disappointment =(

    When you start Avatar Kinect, it asks you to Stand Up… I was unable to get Avatar Kinect or Kinect Fun Labs to recognise me whilst sitting down, even though the Kinect Hub can! In the Avatar Kinect trrailers, people were sitting.

    The game makes you stand in one spot and pretty much tells you not to move. And me standing still and with a neutral expression made my Avatar look angry… I had to move my eye brows into an un-natural position to look neutral.

    I found selecting things in Avatar Kinect very difficult as the hand tracking was off. Thiis only made me finally realise, after months of good will and excitement, that the Kinect is not easy to use. If you don’t have perfect lighting and are wearing the right clothes. Kinect just doesn’t work right.

    I was really super excited about Avatar Kinect. Now I just feel like a sucker for buying a Kinect in the first place. It doesn’t, “Just Work.” and is frustrating to use… The slow and unresponsive Kinect Fun Labs interface also compounds these issues ten fold.

    • Anonymous

      Good post.

      I am hoping they get to work on Fun Labs and help Avatar Kinect actually work. I don’t understand what they were trying to promote in their demos, you see two people sitting down, their eyebrows moving and lips in perfect unison. Why even pretend that is anything close?

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  • Anonymous

    Is it seriously now MS’s policy to not even comment on something broken? Are they just going to keep releasing stuff for a program that isn’t working? Jeesh.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephan-Tenspel/578534292 Stephan Tenspel

    I have also launch problems with Avatar Kinect.It freezes my Kinect

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  • http://twitter.com/WORLDPEACE10 DON BEACH

    Avatar Connect and Funlabs are working great. Had a idea I wanted to post for the XBOX community. Heard a hot one today by a Xbox insider. This is one I know the major must be  crunching the gaming possibility numbers already. Serious gamers are speaking about a breakthrough in MAGLEV the same technology used for floating trains. -XBOX kinnect levitation. Your avatar floats in the game you float on possibly the “BIGGEST” selling gizmo in World History! Think of Iron Man or a game called Virtual Build Space where your using a extravehicular mobility unit(EMU). I could see the night before these hit the shelf. In electrodynamic suspension (EDS), both the gamer (Eakin-Trix-Reb) and the xbox kinnect top secret  base exert a magnetic field, and the gamer is levitated by the repulsive force between these magnetic fields. The user-interface in the games Code would reduces or increases the force according to the scenario.

    • Glenn Colley

      how can you spell all those big words right and keep spelling Kinect wrong?

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  • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

    I have a problem with Avatar Kinect, Kinect Labs, and other non-game apps earning Achievement Points. It cheapens the meaning of what they represent. They should be zero point achievements at the very most, like what Xbox did for people who were at the 360 launch. Before you know it, it’ll be used for lame marketing in apps like Netflix, ESPN, and Hulu. “Watched the Season Premiere of American Idol – 20G”. Put a stop to it now!

  • Anonymous

    Kinect fun labs seem to freeze each time I launch it.

  • Anonymous

    A little something to think about…. If kinect didn’t have issues, if finger tracking was on point, if u were able to sit down and your avatar did everything you did without the slightest glich or problem then don’t you think Microsoft would’ve wanted your life savings, your house and car morgaged for this product (just saying)?

  • http://twitter.com/vipsphinx Miguel Flores

    Kinect freezes as soon I launch it from the HUB! Unable to use the app. My xbox is a “grandfather” xbox. The HALO LE Xbox. Is it because its an old system? I know that people with the slim xbox don’t have a problem.