As rumored yesterday, Microsoft properly unveiled its new Avatar Kinect service during the company’s CES 2011 keynote presentation this evening in Las Vegas. The service will introduce new facial recognition capabilities that will allow the Kinect to project changes in expression and even lip syncing onto Xbox 360 avatars.
There will be a variety of virtual “sets” in which users will be able to interact with friends and chat about the day’s events or a movie they all just watched together over Xbox Live. These sessions can also be recorded and then shared online.
Avatar Kinect will launch in Spring 2011, and will be available for free for Xbox Live Gold Members. We have boots on the ground at CES, so expect more details about the service and more shortly.