Microsoft: 'Kinect games portfolio will triple by the end of the year', many new games coming at E3

In a press release regarding another strong month of sales for the Xbox 360, which continues to lead console sales in 2011 with a 60% increase compared to the same period last year, Microsoft has also unveiled that the size of the Kinect games portfolio will triple by the end of the year.

With 27 Kinect enabled games currently available, we can expect over 80 by the end of the year. We currently list 35 upcoming Kinect games, though not all will be 2011 titles, so there should be approximately 20-30 games currently unannounced for 2011. Naturally, we expect many of them will be unveiled next month at E3, and Microsoft have clarified their position to Joystiq.

"We've seen some of the media start to ask the question, 'When are we going to see more Kinect games coming?'," says Microsoft product manager David Dennis. "As we sat there and looked at it we realized we've got a lot of games coming and we're going to show a lot of them at E3."

Despite a low number of Kinect game releases in the first half of 2011, the second half of the year has always looked much stronger, with games like Forza 4, The Gunstringer, Codename D, Project Draco, Kinect Star Wars and Steel Battalion 2 expected to be out before the year ends. Microsoft remain confident in their Kinect support, and we should expect a surprise or two. "We certainly expect to have a big E3 and we're saving a lot of our cards until then." Dennis said.

Of course the Xbox 360 got to where it is with more traditional games, and Microsoft remain adamant that core gamers won't be ignored. "We know that the core gamer took Xbox and made it the home for core games, whether they're first-party games or third-party games. We would certainly never leave that audience behind. So for us and for Phil [Spencer] and the folks over at MGS, it's not about de-prioritizing one or the other. It's about how we go big on any and all: Go big on Kinect games; go big on core games."

Regardless of what kind of gamer you are, it looks like Microsoft should have a strong line-up of games to show at E3 this year. Luckily for us, as Kinect fans, the road ahead looks to be particularly exciting!

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