Sources: Microsoft to wet lips with new singing game

Secret Xbox 360 project

Loose lips sink ships — or at least sing about them. New details have surfaced about an unannounced Microsoft project that enables you to sing along to your personal music collection, codenamed "Lips". A post on NeoGAF claims the karaoke-styled singing game will launched before the end of the year.

Singing requires use of a pair of special microphones included in the retail packaging; however, these supposedly aren't ordinary microphones. Wrapping your chops around these microphones causes lights to pulsate to the rhythm of your voice. Additionally, motion sensing chips enable you to score points by moving the microphone to the beat while singing.

"Lips" will pack in around licensed tracks with additional tunes available via Xbox Live. The big news, however, is a plan to allow music to be copied from CDs and/or digital music players and used in-game. While the game won't automatically process the lyrics, the source claims that it scores your performance based on intonation and vocal pitch. You're also afforded the option of inputting lyrics manually.

Microsoft's move into the music genre should come as no surprise. The company embarked on a karaoke game for the original Xbox five years ago with Xbox Music Mixer. Unfortunately, it was critically panned, averaging 60% on GameRankings. A second attempt at crafting such a game could be a push to tap into the burgeoning market for casual music titles ranging from Sony's SingStar to Activision's Guitar Hero. Either way, we'll likely know in about a month when Microsoft unveils all at E3.

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Tracy Erickson

GamePro (online)

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