Microsoft will bring Kinect to your backyard

If you win the nationwide competition, that is...

Microsoft has launched its 'Kinect Comes To You' competition today.

The competition winner will get the chance to bring Kinect for Xbox 360 "to their local town, school, village, road or even backyard."

The three winning entries on Facebook Kinect page will be selected by singer Sophie Ellis Bextor, Microsoft UK's Director of Xbox and Entertainment, Stephen McGill and Executive Producer of Technology & Communications at Rare Studios Nick Burton.

Sophie Ellis Bextor comments, "I'm really excited to be announcing 'Kinect Comes to You', where we're giving someone the chance to experience Kinect, before it hits the shops. Whoever wins this opportunity I'm sure, like me, will have a great time experiencing the amazing world of Kinect!"

Fellow judge, Stephen McGill, also has high hopes for the competition: "This is an open invitation for people of all ages here in the UK to join the Kinect party and to be amongst the first to play the fun-filled array of new, controller-free Kinect games. I'm looking forward to reading what I anticipate will be some highly imaginative entries."

Nick Burton from Rare Studios, adds: "Rare has been intimately involved with the Kinect story since its inception. In addition to developing the Kinect Sports title, the studio is thrilled to be involved with the Kinect Comes to You initiative. I too hope that communities throughout the UK will be quick to enter what promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime Kinect experience."

In the meantime, Microsoft also announced that its Kinect tour has had a few extra dates added. These are:

Ireland National Ploughing Champs, September 20th - 26th
Liverpool City Centre, September 25th
Manchester, September 26th
Bristol, October 16th
Cardiff, October 17th
Edinburgh, October 30th
Glasgow, October 31st
Newcastle, November 13th
Leeds, November 14th