Could the Kinect Make Air-Guitar Hero Possible?

When we posted our article where Eric Hirshberg said that the next Guitar Hero will have “some big innovations”, speculation ran rampant about whether that meant elevating to the level of Rock Band 3’s technical Pro-Mode style of gameplay or not. What if instead of getting overly technical with an implementation such as that, the Guitar Hero franchise decided to add in an air-guitar mode that could be specifically utilized with Kinect?

Sound crazy? Sure, it won’t have the crazy appeal of Pro-Mode, but it certainly would be much more accessible and cost-efficient (given that you have a Kinect, that is).

Looks like the technology is well on its way, too! Artist, Chris O’Shea not only has a great last name, but also has an air-guitar prototype that works with the Kinect. His original design utilized a stereo camera, which is more advanced than the Kinect, and he admits that his current design is inaccurate, but hey, its still pretty cool and could show a glimpse into the future of music games.

Check out his primary Kinect tests below and let us know what you think about the technology!

Air Guitar prototype with Kinect from Chris O’Shea on Vimeo.

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15 Responses to Could the Kinect Make Air-Guitar Hero Possible?

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  2. Shmoo says:

    There you go then. They either need to refine the tech and add that option to the next GH, or make a specific title like Band Hero: Kinect. Stuff the younger kids can easily play along with would sell. Then they could add the option to the GH series as a play mode going forward.

  3. Jake says:

    I think the air guitar innovation will really work and i think if they get to work well enough, it will sell for sure

  4. Ash says:

    What would be better is have you on stage, the Kinect sensor picks you up and moves your character in the background the way you’re moving in your living room. Of course this won’t really work with the WII and move as good, but that would be awesome on the 360.

  5. GreenalienGH says:

    This is the stupidest idea ever.
    Well I guess I won’t look like an idiot, because I don’t play on 360.

  6. sduk72 says:

    why dont they just combine kinect with the standard instruments??
    you could actually interact with the audience, and get points or stars for your stage presence , what you do in your living room will show on stage in the game.
    Air guitar will be pointless , will anyone buy it and play it for more than a few hours???
    i mean where is the skill gonna be? your dog could play it! (lol)

  7. Leonardo Storti says:


    Guitar Hero has already been fucked over you’re gonna fuck it up even more? Air instruments I can do fucking anywhere and there is certainly nothing new or surprising about air guitar because anyone can do it, and it’s boring. The whole point of Guitar Hero was so you can rock out with a guitar controller, I want to be able to pretend I am holding a real guitar that is why these plastic guitars were made, God damn it I will not buy another guitar hero game that uses this, I like using my plastic controllers, at least it’s less humiliating than using air guitar this isn’t Wii Music dude, look how that went, I can see the same shit happening to the new Guitar Hero game. Son of a bitch this isn’t inovation people this is a catastrophe!!!

    If I were to buy another Guitar Hero game it better be still compatible with my old Rock Band and Guitar Hero peripherals, if not I will not buy it and I will not play to that shit fuck that WOR will be my last GH game.

  8. The D says:

    Leonardo: they dont mean that they are going to make that the whole game, theyre saying it will be an option…

  9. PSPCOW says:

    Well that looks amazingly boring 😀 I rather play on the Power Gig guitar…

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