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I have been keeping up with the events at E3 and have had my fair share of exciting new discoveries. For me the biggest announcement so far this year was project natal. This is a brand new camera for the 360 that not only can see you but also knows where you are in the room with its 3D sensors. This opens up opportunities that have never even been considered before.

Natal will have face recognition software so it can remember who you are so it will automatically sign you into your Xbox account. You can also browse through all the menus by using hand gestures (very similar to minority report lol).

An enhanced microphone will be built in so you can also manipulate the menus and other features with various command using voice recognition software.


The most impressive video showing the capabilities I've seen is this one involving Milo the boy in a luxurious garden who you can react to like a real living human: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWnZOseA3Lw

How about this new game called Ricochet - the game sees you being pelted with footballs which you must use your entire body to bounce back and hit blocks to score points - definately one to keep fit: gametrailers.com/video/e3-09... ... atal/50038

Other videos can be seen here including loads of interactive games and activities including skateboarding and even trying on outfits with your mates.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03thQvGRVvQ



This has the power to turn your 360 into something so much more. Welcome to the new Wii that won't smash your TV as your remote flies from your hand lol. Gaming has just got a whole lot better.
 

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smad69
Member
10 years ago
I have been keeping up with the events at E3 and have had my fair share of exciting new discoveries. For me the biggest announcement so far this year was project natal. This is a brand new camera for the 360 that not only can see you but also knows where you are in the room with its 3D sensors. This opens up opportunities that have never even been considered before.

Natal will have face recognition software so it can remember who you are so it will automatically sign you into your Xbox account. You can also browse through all the menus by using hand gestures (very similar to minority report lol).

An enhanced microphone will be built in so you can also manipulate the menus and other features with various command using voice recognition software.


The most impressive video showing the capabilities I've seen is this one involving Milo the boy in a luxurious garden who you can react to like a real living human: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWnZOseA3Lw

How about this new game called Ricochet - the game sees you being pelted with footballs which you must use your entire body to bounce back and hit blocks to score points - definately one to keep fit: gametrailers.com/video/e3-09... ... atal/50038

Other videos can be seen here including loads of interactive games and activities including skateboarding and even trying on outfits with your mates.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03thQvGRVvQ



This has the power to turn your 360 into something so much more. Welcome to the new Wii that won't smash your TV as your remote flies from your hand lol. Gaming has just got a whole lot better.
Belthazar666
Member
10 years ago
Yes, gaming has definitely got a lot better.

This is going to change everything we know about gaming.
smad69
Member
10 years ago
Leisure suit larry just got better lol!
x2i
Administrator
10 years ago
I would love to test this to the limit's... let's see how Milo reacts to another grown up guy asking him where he'd like to be touched. :twisted:
Belthazar666
Member
10 years ago
[quote=x2i]I would love to test this to the limit's... let's see how Milo reacts to another grown up guy asking him where he'd like to be touched. ]
You could always draw a penis for him.
woodmeista69
Member
10 years ago
This concept is just like the futuristic XBox design featured in the movie 'The Island', where Ewan Mcgregor is fighting on a motion sensored Xbox.

Exciting shizzle.
fourash
Member
10 years ago
Microsoft Game Studios boss Phil Spencer has told MCV that the new Project Natal controller will effectively relaunch the 360 when it arrives next year.
Speaking to MCV in an exclusive interview Spencer likened the arrival of the camera-based kit – which senses player movements and requires no physical games controller – to the launch of a new system.

“When Natal comes out it will feel like a new generation has arrived” he said. “I see it as like the launch of the Xbox 360 back in 2005 – there will be a launch portfolio of games to support it.”

Spencer also rubbished the idea of launching new console hardware onto the market saying the format holder was happy with the positioning of the multi-SKU 360.

“Consumers don’t want another $400 box right now. We want consumers and developers to know that we are all going to make a huge return on that original investment in the 360 hardware – the one Microsoft made in building it the one developers made in making games for it and the investment consumers made in buying it.



The head of Microsoft Game Studios Phil Spencer has stated that Project Natal will have games to play at launch.

I see it as like the launch of the Xbox 360 back in 2005 - there will be a launch portfolio of games to support it.

Plenty of developers now have access to Natal kits and we've already seen Lionhead's Milo game in action. Some of us here at OXM have still to be convinced by motion games but the prospect of big names lining up to develop for this hardware could make all the difference.

Project Natal is just one of several planned hardware innovations that could replace the need for a next-generation Xbox 360.

When talking about Natal he states It's not about trying to sell consumers a new piece of hardware at the wrong time it's about evolving the platform continuously. And we are going to find things like Natal that are hardware related to also do that.

Could this mean that Microsoft has another peripheral in the works? It's pure speculation at the moment but Microsoft has always spent big on research and development so there's doubtless more stuff in the labs it can bring out.