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E3 2009: Microsoft Unveils Motion-sensing Project Natal


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300w ago - Microsoft has unveiled Project Natal, which features a motion sensing camera.

Stephen Spielberg demoed it on stage and says it will recognize "your entire being".

Although it's "not reinventing the wheel because there's no wheel at all", Microsoft plans to make games as accessible as possible, as it will work with the Xbox Dashboard, recognizes your face, and signs you in automatically.

Games using the camera were demoed.

3D Breakout where body controls the ball, and you can move arms, legs, head and kick the ball and it detects the speed and power of the hit.




Comparing itself to the Wii, Microsoft says that this is done up off the couch, with Waggle commands.

Another demo called Paint Party uses body and voice to "express inner creativity" by splattering paint onto a canvas. Just say the color you want and the game adds it.

No date for the camera yet, but it's still being shown behind closed doors to developers.

E3 2009: Microsoft Unveils Motion-sensing Project Natal

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#13 - Mike85 - 300w ago
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I have to agree with Sony in saying some things just need buttons, think pulling a trigger for shooting a gun. I dont think that would feel right holding nothing at all.

If Natal does take off, i can see Microsoft releasing a load of add-ons to be paired with Natal's motion sensing, such as a wireless gun controller or other such things... not a bad earner if you ask me

#12 - kakarotoks - 300w ago
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haha, this is just funny... I mean, I watched the ps3 motion sensing tech video first, and I was really shocked/surprised/wow-ed... then I watch this, I heard about this project natal and I thought it would be really something that matches with what Sony did, and.. well.. I was quite disappointed! I mean, this is just an 'ad', nothing works there.. and it just can't be that easy.. voice recognition? please, they said that for vista too and they even failed miserably to actually demo it! voice recognition has its limitations and it will not work as easily as they shown it.. same for object/face recognition, the tech they are proposing is at least a few decades too early, it can't be done, not at this moment anyways...

Maybe they've shown something at E3 apart from this ad, I haven't seen the video yet, but either way, i'm sure they couldn't demo everything they've shown in the video..

I think that sony and microsoft should try and tap into the wii's market, it's a good market and it's normal they try to take it.. as long as it doesn't become their primary concern, making hardcore gamers disappointed!

I think sony's motion sensor is incredible, really cool, but I really don't know if any game will use it or if it will know how to use it.. we'll see!

my 2cents.

#11 - Phreakuency - 300w ago
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Nice technology for sure but there's a few problems.

1. Not actually, physically holding anything in your hands is strange, possibly more stupid than 'waggling a remote'.

2. Will it ever progress beyond the gimmicky Eye Toy type interaction? I mean, Sony showed real gameplay and MS show a brick breaker game and make comment that it keeps you active and 'fit'?

3. MS have tried this, 'let's copy the success of our competitors' thing before with Scene It (Buzz influence) and Lips (Singstar) and have pretty much failed so will they even make proper use of the tech and will they get decent support from devs?

#10 - sorceror - 300w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by imtoodvs View Post
casual gaming is the wii's forte, Micro$oft & $ony should invest money in new technology instead of making expensive knockoff's.


Yes and no. MS And Sony really want a piece of the Wii's action. (Who wouldn't?) If they can come up with something equivalent, that's not too expensive, then they can sell their consoles as "like a Wii, only better, 'cause it does all this other stuff the Wii can't".

I dunno if that'll work, but MS & Sony would be silly not to try.

#9 - supra21 - 300w ago
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i wonder what sony have in store for E3, 360's conference was impressive. A new psp and slimmer PS3 just anit gonna do it.

#8 - wormie123 - 300w ago
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I bet it doesn't run as smooth as it seems motion sensors never seem to. Look at the skate part no way could it be that smooth, if it is I will put my apologies up here I know reliability has gone up but if i used my xbox that much it would be showing me a red circle by the end of the day.

#7 - patholi - 300w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by KainZ7 View Post
dude, nintendo have the Wii and sony have the PS EYE, ms is not inventing anything..

I totally agree... Well, this is MS, they never invented anything (look @ Lips or Scene it!)...

I just hope, Sony can do it better today...

#6 - PS4 News - 300w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by imtoodvs View Post
I own 2 wii's & the only time they see the light of day is when im playing with the kids (no Micheal Jackson jokes).

Hehe.. good catch there.

#5 - imtoodvs - 300w ago
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i mean honestly, whats the true point, to capitalize on the innovation of the wii & its market share. I own 2 wii's & the only time they see the light of day is when im playing with the kids (no Micheal Jackson jokes). casual gaming is the wii's forte, Micro$oft & $ony should invest money in new technology instead of making expensive knockoff's.

p.s.
i think my 360 avatar id trying to kill me

#4 - otarumx - 300w ago
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I just keep thinking over and over what kind of games can take advatage of a peripheral like this one, I mean it's cool to be able to control the Xbox dashboard with hand gestures but it seems too gimicky, the kid that interacts with you via the camera seems like a nice thing for like the firts 5 minutes, unless Mr. Molyneux can craft a game from this it will be like Home is for PS3 right now.

But there is one little thing that everyone in their excietement hasn't thought of yet, and that is price, how much will this "cutting edge" technology cost the consumers?, $100, $200 dollars?

Would people be willing to pay $100 dollars to be able to use their dashboard with their hands?

I would rather buy Alan Wake or Splinter Cell Conviction than this peripheral.

And if it turns out costing more than $100 I think I'd rather get a Wii.

Until Microsoft can craft a game that truly astounds me using this system I'll have to remain esceptic and just see this Natal Project as a cool gimick and nothing more.

 

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