3DV motion-sensing playtested – heading to 360 at E3?

Wednesday, 6th May 2009 17:57 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Ars Technica’s posted up impressions of 3DV’s motion-sensing tech, and if you have more than two brain cells you should be paying attention – there’s more than a little rumour doing the rounds that this is heading to 360, and may well be announced at E3.

Pro-tip: if the things we’ve been told off the record in the last few days are true, you would be very wise to read that article.



  1. Mike

    What did Mattrick say the presentation was going to be about?

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    MSN *points*

    #2 6 years ago
  3. deftangel

    The thing that bothers me is the possibility they are going to spend the next couple of years shoe-horning this technology into games we’re all looking forward to where it has no place. By all means create new and better stuff but don’t break what we all know and love :)

    It also occurred to me that they spent an awful lot of time messing around with that vision cam and have done precisely nothing with it since it shipped.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Johnny Cullen

    What was it Mattrick said in that PR last week?

    All I know is what Phil Spencer said to the Major, that MS were gonna paint the town red at E3.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    If it is true, the good news is that most people who tried it at CES said it worked well.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. rainer

    deftangel I don’t think the camera ever actually shipped, Ars used it at last years CES and since then the company has been acquired by Microsoft.

    Given that the zcam already had a good degree of polish back in Jan08 they’ve had a year to polish it further and produce some possible worthwhile games.

    If it allowed head tracking like the trackir that would allow some neat features to be added into Halo/CoD allowing easy peeking/looking around that could sell some hardcore gamers on it.

    There is also a rumor that this zcam will work with Windows 7 too which could be cool.

    Still unless Microsoft actually ship the zcam in all future Xbox systems its as good as dead, the mainstream Wii audience will never bite & neither will third party developers.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. wz

    Isn’t that a PROTIP?

    #7 6 years ago
  8. deftangel

    I was talking about the Vision cam which definitely has shipped because I’ve got one. They’ve made Totemball for it and added camera support to a handful of games and that’s about it…which is a bit of a shame.

    I’m sure there are a multitude of cool things Microsoft can do with their new toy. They just need to a) implement it and b) not shoehorn it into places it doesn’t belong.

    They’ve got a track record in neither right now, hence the cautious optimism.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Blerk

    I fear change! :-D

    #9 6 years ago

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