Next Generation of Motion ControllersAdded: Monday, April 26th, 2010
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Microsoft is planning on giving a new approach to the world of gaming by scraping the controller and taking the human body as the basic thing to communicate with the console. The name of the work they are just about to finish is Project Natal. NATAL meaning “connected with one’s birth” as in birth of a new generation of games and controllers. As you can see even the name of this great invention is catchy and handy. The hardware itself will be just as natural as the name feels for it.
Ok, I’m guessing that all of you have heard or even seen the project called NATAL around the internet. It’s Microsoft’s answer to future gaming and the best experience that each one of us will enjoy very soon.
Now let’s go on a journey back in time to June 1, 2009. It was the day when Project Natal was first announced and it immediately drew attention of the media and gamers alike. The first few specs that Microsoft shared with the public were that the Project Natal is the Xbox 360 hardware add-on that will appeal on our senses and make gaming controller-less. That means that we will be able to use our entire body to play games the way we always wanted to.
Of course there were some different approaches on making gaming more fun and involving physically but many have failed, one of the best known and still played game controller is the dance pad which made birthday parties look cooler and malls a nicer place to spend some time. The arcade, PS One, PS2 and Xbox360 made a good run game after game making us move and enjoy the music with some awesome choreographies. Some of the other examples were Wii’s motion controller, Play Station 3’s 3 axis gamepad and the EyeToy that stayed marginal with the games that could be played, the game developers just couldn’t incorporate the technology into any game that could look cool. The newest addition to the motion capturing in games is Play Station 3s PS “move” controllers which look odd but for now they are the closest thing to the fun free moving game play.
The Project Natal hardware consists of 2 cameras tracking your every move with a few billion calculations a frame, 60 frames a second. I don’t need to emphasize the calculating and software power. The sensor actually consists of an infrared projector and a monochrome sensor that make the software detect any movement and recognize any shape that is given in front of it. The infrared sensor will make it possible to detect any movement in shady and less lightened rooms, so even if you wanna play in a dark room with flashing lights at a party at a friends’ house or at home on a nice Saturday morning after school or just as a fun way to get you thought off work, you will have the chance to do it without any preparations for the console to work. It will feature facial, imaging and voice recognition.
You will input commands only with your voice and gestures through a natural and slick user interface. The software that Microsoft provided will have the chance to map out even up to four skeletons, which means that four players can play at the same time in split-screen. And the good news for Xbox 360 users is that the console will extend it’s lifespan (life cycle) by 5 years, meaning 2015. I.e. every console has a normal life cycle of 5 years, if you take a look back at PlayStation, Nintendo, Xbox you will see 5 years between generations of those platforms.
Also needs to be said that it will be sort of an update to the previously bought consoles so that gamers shouldn’t buy the whole package all over again. Till now the speculations show that it will cost around $300 in a bundle so as a stand-alone component it should be around $100.
Be sure to look for Project Natal on the shelves of gaming stores this Christmas.
April 26th, 2010.
Monday, April 26th, 2010
|That looks wild. If it works like they say, then yeah a new era has arrived... BOOYA!|
|posted by (2010-04-26 01:39:50)|
|holly crap dude with this kinda software linked to a touchscreen you wouldnt have ta touch the screen just wave ya hands about ,invisable mouse,invisable keyboard,the apps are endless ,gr8 post thx zor4an and sam|
|posted by (2010-04-26 02:11:57)|
|this is a pretty intense concept. cant wait to see what the future holds!|
|posted by (2010-04-26 02:13:43)|
|Thanks for the article Z0R4N, I hope I won't look such an idiot as I do jumping around with the Wii. Anything and everything has to be better than that system.|
|This video footage of Natal in action, more than any other video of Natal, is what I am most looking forward to - this kind of stuff is what is really going to change gaming: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDvHlwNvXaM|
Adventure games, role-play games (RPGs), and any game where you the player, have to directly interact with in-game NPCs, are going to be completely re-invented with this. And best part is, no flailing around.
The second best thing about Natal (IMO), will be the fact that you can use Natal and a standard controller at the same time - this is a feature you can't do with Wii or Playstation Move, because both of those systems require you to hold their motion controllers as you play. With Natal, it will be possible to do certain interactions with the game with your controller, and certain other interactions with Natal, simultaneously. So say for example if you were playing something like Fallout or Elder Scrolls. You could walk around, fight enemies and such with the standard controller, and talk to NPCs in natural conversation using Natal. With a setup like that, you could even play a game like Ghost Recon or Rainbow Six, where you have direct control of your character via the standard Xbox controller, and command your squad mates using Natal. So for example you are playing Rainbow Six, since Natal has head tracking and voice recognition capabilities you could have two doorways on screen (it could be five doorways, a gate and two windows on screen for that matter), be literally looking at the doorway on the right side of the screen, and give the command for your team to, "stack up over there." And because you are looking at the doorway on the right side of the screen, Natal would know to send your team to set up for assault on that doorway, and not any of the other entrances. Had you been literally (with your own eyes, and not with the in-game camera) looking at the doorway on the far left side of the screen, or the doorway in the center of the screen, Natal, using head tracking, would have known which door you were looking at, and sent your squad to marshal outside of the appropriate doorway - no fumbling around with complicated control schemes to get the game to do something a natural interface could do much faster and much easier. All the while, you as the player with a standard Xbox controller in hand, can simultaneously continue to control your own character independently of the commands you are giving your squad with Natal.
That's just a couple of scenarios out of many I have been thinking of ever since seeing that video. Natal has the potential to really change gaming as we know it. It will be up to the imagination of game developers to really push old genres as well as game genres that have not been invented yet, forward in exciting and new directions. If you have not already, check out the video, and see what I mean: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDvHlwNvXaM
|posted by (2010-04-26 06:13:32)|
|Whatever the japanese are the father of tech gadgets as always and this thing was inherited from them.|
|posted by (2010-04-26 07:07:58)|
|Yes there not bringing out new consoles every yr but there makin the lifespan longer on them which is good for me more broken ones |
lol...Nice Read m8 :)I am waiting for the scratch n sniff tv's to come along lmao...
|Its Still A crapy system! LONG LIVE PLAYSTATION!!!!!|
|thanks Z0R4N & SaM WOWWWWWWWWWWW|
|posted by (2010-04-26 19:12:11)|
|!!dingdong!! seconds out fightnight 5 xbox rules & this site roxxx cheers 4 this|
|posted by (2010-04-26 19:35:47)|
|anyone else thing this will never work right if its right that it has voice regocision no one has ever been able to get that working as of right and everything you read says we are years away|
its not really a good thing having a longer life span for the xbox 360 as its was showing its age against the ps3 last year so by 2015 it will look like a zx spectrum they are all just copies of the wii motion thing anyway
|Nevermind... Just lemme know when they make a motion controller that'll jerk me off!|
|posted by (2010-04-26 21:19:19)|
|lol the xbox 360 freezes enough without 60 frames per second from 2 cameras going into it.. they're going to have to come out with a new line, with a higher processor, and maybe even a better GPU... Also I read in a magazine that it was going to be called xbox 540.. and that the meaning of the 540 was because they're not releasing a new system, or it would be 720... because the 360 + 360 = 720, it's only an addon... so maybe that was a possible name, I read it back in october, so things may have changed, but it was codenamed NATAL then as well... so yeah|
|Great article! I just read about sony's move in gameinformer last week. If they can get it to work without days of setup on users end I think it'll be big for MS. Didn't really like that they were gonna keep the system for another five years. I don't keep my pc's the same for one. I mean this is an add on right not an upgrade. It'll just bog down the system won't it. No matter what its a big step forward VR here we come. I did find a few funny spoofs on youtube so check em out made me think of GTA on NATAL lol. Thanks again|
|posted by (2010-04-26 22:43:42)|
|They should bring back the power glove, it was just as cool|
|Knew tht already, its gna be wikeddd cnt w8 4 it, thnx Sam|
|WOW...this looks absolutely amazing. I can't wait to get my hands on this. :) Thanks Z0R4N and SaM for this great news!!!|
|sounds like alot of work ! LOL|
Thanks for the great news - it does sound pretty cool :-))
|posted by (2010-04-27 14:23:44)|
|Thank u for all your infos it sounds amazing although i dont play computer games,i really missed your articles Zoran ,u know u are the best and of course i'm your number one fan...|
|Thanks for the Article ZoRAN, intersting read ;>|
|posted by (2010-04-28 08:06:46)|
|i'm gonna buy it when it comes out in october. using ur hands instead of a "wand" and voice control to flick through movie choices on Netflix or Zune? in a way it would be motion control mixed with that voice technology microsoft has in Ford cars now. Sync i think its called. i'll still use a controller for shooter games. but the potential of this is tremendous. think of the teaching capabilities. yoga, martial arts, sign language, dancing, very bad karaoke and dancing while trying to hit on someone using sign language!|
|sony's is just another Wii Mote... I cannot wait for project natal for the xbox. that IS the wave of the future|
|posted by (2010-05-01 14:43:58)|
|Looks great, I just know my Xb360 will red ring far before I can get 15 years out of it. So for me to stick with Microsoft Xb360 I will eventually shell out about 1000 for new systems due to poor manufacturing.|
|posted by (2010-05-02 17:59:13)|
|Brilliant cant wait for the release !!|
|> So for me to stick with Microsoft Xb360 I will eventually shell out about 1000 for new systems due to poor manufacturing.|
First off, if you have not opened your 360 any RROD will be covered under warranty. Officially it's "3 years of coverage" but unofficially it will be fixed. Second, if you are that concerned take an hour or so and about $5 in parts and you can fix your own RROD's - it's extremely easy as far as repairs go. Third, if you have one of the newer design systems it's going to be far less likely to need a repair down the road anyway.
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