If Sony and Microsoft ONLY had their videogame businesses they'd be out of business.
release 30updates to make up for the junk they initially release
If this sells 10K I'd be shocked...actually I'd be shocked if this comes out at all.
Works In Progress Much?
Natal is Microsoft's response to Nintendo's extremely successful Wii, and it promises to trump the Wii in a couple of ways. First off, Natal utilizes face recognition -- simply stand in front of your TV, and Natal will figure out who you are and sign you in. Second, Natal features voice recognition, so you can use verbal commands to do everything from playing a movie (simply say "play movie") to having a conversation with a virtual character. The latter is where we enter groundbreaking (and potentially unnerving) territory. Developer Lionhead Studios showed off a Natal project in which players can interact with a virtual boy named Milo, who responds to your voice, movements, and facial expressions. It's best to check out the demo video yourself, embedded below:
If it works half as well as they pretend it will, I'll be surprised.
There's already some sort of game like this out there. We played it several years ago in a restaurant in Tahoe. It was just a camera, but you could see youself on the screen and they had games where you had to swat at balls rolling at you from the sides. It read your motion... Don't know what it was called, but it was fun.
"About halfway through a closed-door demo I was in this afternoon of Microsoft's just-announced full-body motion-sensitive control system, Project Natal, another reporter told our host that he was skeptical of what he was seeing.
A minute later, after taking the virtual controls himself of the game "Burnout Paradise" and giving Natal a test, the reporter walked back over to where I was standing and when I asked him if he was still skeptical, he gave me a chastened look and said, "It's interesting."
In other words, he was won over.
Project Natal, as you probably know by now, was Microsoft's big announcement at its E3 press briefing here. It has gotten a lot of attention because of its promise to make it possible to incorporate all kinds of hands-free control into a wide variety of games: racing games, painting games, shooting games, sports games and so on.
But until now, I hadn't seen the technology close up. I was part of a small group that got the demonstration deep inside Microsoft's cavernous E3 booth. We were allowed to ask whatever we wanted, but we weren't able to take video or photos of the technology."
Nintendo may have come up the an innovative control scheme and changed gaming, but if you have ever played a Wii you know that the controls can be clunky, and with the graphics on an N64 level with some games is it really worth it? Not to mention their lack of vision with game developement.
If Xbox has developed a way to eliminate the controller completley they will dominate the market.
MoeSyslack said:They have to do better than the painting game though.