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Microsoft unveils motion-sensing ‘Project Natal’

Monday, 1st June 2009 19:59 GMT By Mike

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Microsoft has unveiled Project Natal and it features a motion sensing camera.

Stephen Spielberg demoed it on stage and says it will recognize “your entire being”.

Although it’s “not reinventing the wheel because there’s no wheel at all”, Microsoft plans to make games as accessible as possible, as it will work with the Xbox Dashboard, recognizes your face, and signs you in automatically.

Games using the camera were demoed.

3D Breakout where body controls the ball, and you can move arms, legs, head and kick the ball and it detects the speed and power of the hit.

Comparing itself to the Wii, Microsoft says that this is done up off the couch, with Waggle commands.

Another demo called Paint Party uses body and voice to “express inner creativity” by splattering paint onto a canvas. Just say the color you want and the game adds it.

No date for the camera yet, but it’s still being shown behind closed doors to developers.

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  1. Syrok

    Best thing so far, in my opinion.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. OrphanageExplosion

    Nathan’s fear-level becoming official VG247 news is my particular highlight.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Blerk

    But did they do the Minority Report thing? :-D

    #3 5 years ago
  4. pleasant_cabbage

    Yep! The face recognition stuff looked good too. Interesting.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Roybott

    That looks freaking awesome, IMO!

    I see that definatley being big in the future and even extending beyond games, Minority Report would be possible! :D

    #5 5 years ago
  6. rainer

    Venture Beat said natal wont launch until 2010 this was before E3 reveal, MS needs to get the cost down to $20 for the camera and with the announcement that natal will ship with every future 360 I think this backs up their info.

    http://venturebeat.com/2009/05/29/peeling-back-another-layer-of-detail-on-microsofts-secret-gesture-control-system-for-games/

    The cost of the zcam was $100 when last shown publicaly in 08.

    I liked it I just hope they don’t get carried away if its a success with motion control games and abandon the old school gamer.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Gekidami

    That first video looked like was pure internal concept stuff…
    On a side note can anyone else imagine Tony Hawk smashing his crappy plastic skateboading pad after seeing how the skateboard works in Natal lol.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Michael O'Connor

    For the first time in a long time, I’m actually speechless.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Psychotext

    “can anyone else imagine Tony Hawk smashing his crappy plastic skateboading pad after seeing how the skateboard works in Natal”

    :D

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Roybott

    Does anyone know where a decent quality (e.g. not filming a TV with a camcorda) video of the Natal stuff is available? I want to show it some people! :)

    EDIT: Dont worry found one – http://www.youtube.com/xboxe3#

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Blerk

    The various video sites are chronic at the minute, I’m getting the worst performance in… ever. Everything’s cam-based at the minute anyway, I guess we’ll have to wait for the press packs to arrive.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Mike

    I need a feed of the whole conference. I missed all of it. :)

    #12 5 years ago
  13. anasui

    rofl, another Eyetoy. Looks like Microsoft chose to follow a path but took the wrong junction

    #13 5 years ago
  14. blackdreamhunk

    you know what I agree with him I love the system.

    #14 5 years ago