Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Microsoft doesn't want you to use any controllers | Project Natal

In a ground-breaking, yet not entirely surprising turn of events this week, Microsoft announced a new Motion Sensitive controller, ahem, I mean, they announced a new interface that will allow you to play your Xbox 360 sans controller.

Project Natal (pronounced "nuh-tall") is compatible with any Xbox 360 system, and is the first sensor in the world to "combine an RGB camera, depth sensor, multi-array microphone and custom processor running proprietary software all in one device." Project Natal tracks your full body movement in 3-D, and will respond to commands, gestures, directions and even a tone shift in your voice.

Even legendary film director Steven Spielberg was on stage to help with the unveiling, saying "The next step in interactive entertainment is to make the controller disappear, with 'Project Natal', we'll see games that bring everyone together through technology that actually recognizes us."

So what do you think? Do you think this is just Microsoft's gimmicky answer to the corner of the market the Wii owns? Or do you believe that they can truly revolutionize the way we interact with our gaming systems? I'm willing to give it a shot, they need to sell me on it's ability and how accurate it is, but otherwise, to me at least, the jury is still out.

Thanks to Joystiq for the video

1 comment:

  1. Whats that horrible looking ad at the bottom of your page?? GROSSE...hehehehe