Project Natal

For General Console News and Information

Moderators: hippie_mama, verdilak

Project Natal

PostPosted by Aluman » Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:52 am

Telegraph
Players will no longer need a control pad or joystick to control on-screen video game action, after Microsoft launched “Project Natal”, a motion-sensing control system for its Xbox 360 video games console.
The announcement was made as Microsoft unveiled new technology and a formidable video game line-up for the Xbox 360. The device will do away with the need for a traditional control pad or joystick in favour of a high-tech camera that can pick up movement.

The sensor enables gamers to score goals by kicking at a virtual football and fire at enemies by pulling an imaginary trigger.

It uses a camera, depth sensor, microphones and special software to build a three-dimensional map of body movement. It can also respond to voice commands, directions, and a change in the player’s tone of voice.
Microsoft said that unlike some similar systems, which work by recognising specific commands, the Xbox 360 system can understand normal patterns of speech. Cameras and the development kit have been sent to third-party developers but no launch date for technology has yet been set.

“The next step in interactive entertainment is to make the controller disappear,” said Steven Speilberg, the Hollywood film director, who unveiled the new technology at E3, the annual electronic entertainment expo in Los Angeles.

“With this device, we’ll see games that bring everyone together through technology that actually recognises us.”

The new system is part of Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to win over so-called “casual” gamers, who have, until now, favoured the Nintendo Wii console, which uses motion sensing controllers.
Video game fans will also be able to update their Facebook status directly from their Xbox 360 console, and listen to streamed music on the device via Last.fm, a song recommendation service that enables users to build their own personalised radio stations of their favourite music.

“We are always asking ourselves how to make the TV more social,” said John Schappert, a senior vice-president at Microsoft. “By bringing Facebook, Last.fm and Twitter to the Xbox 360, we’re not oly extending the walls of your living room beyond your home to your friends in different corners of the world.

“We’re creating the definitive social network.”

The announcements came on the first day of E3, the annual video game show at which publishers and console makers show off their product line-up for the coming year.

Sony and Nintendo hold their press conferences the following day, where Sony is widely expected to launch their own motion-sensing control system for the PlayStation 3, as well as a new PSP handheld games console.


Bascially totally hands free.
Shazbot Says "If you can't learn how to swallow under duress, you'll never make it in show business."
User avatar
Aluman
l_33t
l_33t
 
Posts: 1473
Joined: Sun Jul 27, 2008 7:58 pm

Re: Project Natal

PostPosted by First Oni » Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:27 pm

I'm completely enthralled by this concept and i can't wait for it to come out so I can try it out.

-Oni
Eloy Lasanta, CEO of Third Eye Games
Apocalypse Prevention, Inc. and Wu Xing: The Ninja Crusade - ON SALE NOW http://www.thirdeyegames.net!
Also check the forums at http://www.thirdeyegames.net/forums!
User avatar
First Oni
2nd level Commoner
2nd level Commoner
 
Posts: 98
Joined: Sun Nov 30, 2008 7:39 am
Location: Tampa, FL
Favorite System: DGS

Re: Project Natal

PostPosted by NulSyn » Thu Jun 04, 2009 1:27 pm

Yeah my bro and I have been watching all the videos. The Milo play video is the most exciting. Where the little kid interacts with the player. There's even one point where the player draws a fish and shows the NATAL unit it, then hands the paper to the tv and the kid in the game "grabs" the paper and it looks exactly like the one the player drew. If NATAL does everything it looks to do, the Wiimote will be old news.
User avatar
NulSyn
Forum Hippo
Forum Hippo
 
Posts: 2896
Joined: Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:02 am
Location: Loganville,GA

Re: Project Natal

PostPosted by verdilak » Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:21 pm

Yeah, very interested in this... it would get me to buy an XBox for sure.
ImageImage
"I'm imagining Kiera Knightly, Katherine Zeta-Jones, Angelina and Meg Fox sitting around your map wearing bandanas vigorously shaking fists full of d20s." - Aval Penworth, in regards to a map I made
"We're talking about the GM that made us fight giant Fruit, Verd is totally unpredictable." - Nikurasu (one of my players)
Everyone is an atheist about some gods, we just went one god further. - Richard Dawkins
Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me."--Ferris Bueller, 1986
To the human body, a spoonful of flour and a spoonful of sugar are identical.
"Seeing, contrary to popular wisdom, isn't believing. It is where belief stops, because it isn't needed any more." - Terry Pratchett, Pyramids
User avatar
verdilak
l33t
l33t
 
Posts: 8757
Joined: Sun Jul 27, 2008 2:34 am
Location: twitter.com/rpgaming
Favorite System: TS, GG, SoZ, ect.
Security: NO

Re: Project Natal

PostPosted by NulSyn » Thu Jun 04, 2009 8:22 pm

verdilak wrote:Yeah, very interested in this... it would get me to buy an XBox for sure.

I have two 360's now. I bought one of the newer Jasper chipsets a couple of weeks ago......and since they work as Windows Extenders, I can watch all my videos and listen to my music from my computers on the other tvs through the xbox now.
User avatar
NulSyn
Forum Hippo
Forum Hippo
 
Posts: 2896
Joined: Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:02 am
Location: Loganville,GA


Return to General

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests

cron