360 motion-sensing on the way, says Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, 13th May 2009 06:59 GMT By Patrick Garratt


In case you needed any more of a hint that Microsoft’s about to announce a motion-sensing device for 360, the Wall Street Journal, citing “people familiar with the matter,” has said that “Microsoft Corp. is developing a new videocamera for the Xbox 360 console that will allow players to control games with the movement of their bodies”.

“Unlike the Wii,” says this report, “the Microsoft camera won’t require users to hold any hardware to control on-screen action, the people familiar with the matter said. The camera would sit near the television and capture when players move their hands, legs or head.”

E3, kids. Yes, sir. Read the full thing through there.



  1. DrDamn

    So the difference between this and the current video camera for the Xbox 360 console that allows players to control games with the movement of their bodies is? You know the one, it sits near the TV and captures when players move their hands, legs or head.

    I mean obviously there is going to be a difference, but all these news stories just list off a load of stuff they already do with the current camera.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Syrok

    Yup, sounds like a description of the original EyeToy. :)

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    *sits on hands*

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Tonka

    Planning a luxury wank there Patrick?

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Aimless

    The difference is that it would be a lot more advanced, being able to differentiate individual limbs and digits. The EyeToy and such simply use basic edge detection to create a kind of silhouette of the person playing, whereas this new device will be able to discern facial expressions and hand gestures. So for instance you would be able to navigate the NXE with Minority Report-style hand waving.

    It’s kind of like the difference between the vanilla Wiimote and Wii Motion Plus: same basic principle, just a lot more accurate.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    Tonka – Anal stimulus.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. frostquake

    CRAP CRAP CRAP…. I was hoping MS would stay away from this Wii Motion Plus Crap….Now Nintendo will release the Wii Motion Plus Plus…It plugs into the bottom of your Wii Mote into the First Wii Motion Plus, so before Long you have a Wii Mote So Long and HUGE that it will Be Doing Porn Called Wii Motion Plus Plus:12 Feet of Jiggly Goodness and still can’t please the skank!

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Tonka

    Luxury wank. Sit on you hands until they fall asleep. Then it will feel as if someone else is doing the wanking.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    I know what it is. Just saying I favour trying to fit three fingers in my ass.

    Why am I typing this?

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Blerk

    If I understand it correctly, there are multiple cameras built into it so that it can actually detect movement in 3D space rather than 2D space – that’s how it differs from the original MS camera and EyeToy and stuff. And it also detects sounds, so you can shout at it as well. If you’re not feeling enough of a fool poncing about like an idiot.

    I think this is a done deal. Rumours are too detailed to be made up now.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. DrDamn

    That all sounds like image processing – so why the new camera? Maybe it does thermal imaging or infra red. Problem with the current set up is that in a nice perfectly lit room with no clutter it works great. In a normal room there can be problems.

    Still not convinced about where they are going with this.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Aimless

    As Blerk said, it uses multiple cameras. Or at least that’s the ‘rumour’.

    As it’ll have two angles on whatever it is you’re doing it can attribute a sense of depth to your actions, meaning it should be able to sense if you move your hand towards or away from the screen and such. My understanding is that the EyeToy could only really work out, “Hey, that part of the image is changing so the person must be moving,” whereas Microsoft’s new device would actually have an idea of your position in 3D space.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Patrick Garratt

    I can’t say much (quite why, I don’t know), but it’s based on military object recognition tech from what I’ve been told. It “sees” and recognises things as opposed to just tracking movement.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Syrok

    Let’s hope it’s not programmed to search and destroy then. :)

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Blerk

    Sounds like one for the tinfoil hat guys to worry about. :-D

    #15 6 years ago


    #16 6 years ago
  17. Tonka

    BAck to the Luxury wank. I knew a guy who would sit on his cock instead. GAve him the feeling of wanking off some one else he said.

    Hung like a donkey he was

    Ahhh… life in the Royal Navy

    #17 6 years ago
  18. pleasant_cabbage

    I thought a luxury one was sex? Not as good as a real wank but close enough ;) or wearing a condom (maybe that’s a posh one).

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Psychotext

    The tech is here… and it’s quite clever:

    Minority Report incoming. :)

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Morrius

    I actually think this could be pretty cool. It could be used as part of other games to do some cool shit.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. pracer

    Could be a factor, I guess. But it still feels like they are jumping on the wiiwaggle thing to me.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Blerk

    RTS could be awesome with it, potentially. Providing it actually does work like Minority Report.

    #22 6 years ago
  23. Tonka

    RTS would be shit with that lagfest.

    #23 6 years ago
  24. Psychotext

    Have you seen it? There’s doesn’t seem to be any lag at all in the CES 2008 demos. It has 60fps sensing. (I don’t think sensing is the word I’m looking for!)

    #24 6 years ago
  25. DrDamn

    The vids off that link you provided above weren’t all that lag free – the full body sensing for example. However I’d expect it could be nicely optimised for the 360 by release. How much of an overhead is it going to introduce though?

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Psychotext

    Not the vids on that link (I haven’t actually watched those). I’m talking about the vids taken at their booth at CES 2008. Plus the comments from the people who have tested it.

    I’ve seen some of their early stuff though, and it’s very laggy.

    #26 6 years ago
  27. Cort

    Hasn’t the PlayStation Eye already been proven capable of all these things? Nearly two years ago a London developer said they were working on a suite of motion-controlled games for it but it later disappeared from their website.

    #27 6 years ago

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