15 January 2013 4:53 PM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Today Disney Interactive made their ambitious video game and toy hybrid project Disney Infinity official, almost 18 months after Activision and Toys For Bob first announced Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure and unintentionally gave birth to a new genre of gaming.

At first glace Disney Infinity looks like a Skylanders concept ripoff. Using a device called the Infinity base that looks like a pancaked Portal of Power, players can place their Disney and Pixar figures - seventeen are expected to be available at launch - onto it and watch them magically come to life in the game. It's pretty straightforward and nothing you haven't seen before.

From here is where Disney Infinity and the Skylanders franchise start to differ dramatically. Infinity is built around two different gameplay patterns. The first involves one of several "Play Sets" that are geared toward a particular Disney or Pixar property. Think Skylanders Adventure packs. At launch there »

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