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'Tomb Raider' Xbox One Kinect, PS4 light bar, touch pad functionality revealed

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Lara Croft will make use of Kinect and the DualShock 4 special features. (Crystal Dynamics)

Bringing Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition to the Playstation 4 and Xbox One means a new set of toys to play with. Crystal Dynamics Executive Producer Scot Amos talked with Examiner about not just the new graphical additions and other goodies that will be included in the new released but also what functionality will be included with the Kinect and DualShock 4.

"Lara is presented in unprecedented high definition detail, with an all-new model and TressFX technology to deliver realistic hair simulation. In addition, our materials, shaders and lighting have been reworked to create dynamic sweat, mud, and blood effects," Amos said in explaining the new graphical upgrades.

The Definitive Edition also comes packed with three multiplayer map packs - "Caves and Cliffs", "1939" and "Shipwrecked"; an outfits pack for single-player; plus the prequel comic book, and a full art book. But what new control options do the Xbox One's Kinect and PS4's DualShock 4 provide?

"We’ve also added functionality to take advantage of the new platforms," Amos answered. "On PS4 the light bar on the controller glows and flickers when Lara has her torch out, and lights when Lara fires her gun. If you have a microphone, voice commands are accepted, and the speaker and touch pad on the controller are both used. On Xbox One, we have Kinect enabled voice commands to go to different menus and switch ammo types. You can also lean during some in-game fixed scenes, and use gesture control to manipulate relics."

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is due out Tuesday, Jan. 28 for the PS4 and Xbox One.

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