Jan 1, 2010 – Things are already igniting-up on the techdustry, if you’re still caught on a cold hibernation with the past decade, I guess it’s time for you to tap that hidden vigor of yours because what’s coming may blow your minds up. (I’m serious :D)
Let’s shift to gaming world, it seems PlayStation can’t be stopped to release their impending PS4 delirium , along with their Sony Motion Controller destined (as PS developer’s said) to change the way how you’ve played a console before. On the other hand, Wii promises us with an upgrade on its Wii Motion Plus – To make the realtime playing of Wii even more realtime.
Still not impressed?
Prep-up.. Here’s the bomb! If you have been asking yourself “What happened to Xbox 360?” – You’re not alone and guess what? They have something really big to show you, in fact it’s so gargantuan it promises to change the way how we play, interact and live with our console games for good.
I’m talking about their Project Natal (Officially declared: June 6, 2009) This is an ambitious development that will enable users to control their xbox 360s virtually without using a controller or any of that handheld device your brain got so hardwired of using.
This will utilize ‘Project Natal Sensor’ – a very complex tool that will calculate your full-body 3D motion movement and facial/voice recog as well.
If this project will be a success, this could spell the end of what you called “GUI” Graphical User Interface, and say hello to ‘Human User Interface’ – This technology is very close if not the same with the ones you have seen on the movie ‘Minority Effect’: A dream of any people (Or at least the majority) to one day make your body as the controller of any console you want to interact with.
Here’s a vid to entice your braincells.
Oh didn’t we mention that Mr. Speilberg (one of the mythological movie directors living today) is citing this very prognosticating statement.
“This is a pivotal moment that will carry with it a wave of change, the ripples of which will reach far beyond video games”
One of the selected games ‘said’ to be compatible with this alpha technology will be Half-Life 2. Here’s a sample video.
Forget the boring black background, sound-less effects and try to look how the player interacts with the game — I don’t know about you but that one looks pretty amazing to me.
Along with the hype comes the questions.
What’s the price to pay to have this Natal within my box?
Obviously, it doesn’t look like just your ordinary mod on your xbox 360 – Something this good, may mean something that is so pricey too. No? Remember when Wii first unveils itself to the public 2 years ago. One of the key features why it skyrocketed to success is it provided a new technology for the majority but they also made the console really affordable – Something any sane person would want to grab.
Release Date please?
This one is obvious, so far we’ve got tons of leaked videos swarming the net now, not to mention fakeys. But all we want is one statement, “Natal’s Official Release will be on XXX?”
Can I use Natal with my old xbox games?
I would be so disappointed if I’ll be throwing away all my games for they aren’t compatible with this project. Backward compatibility seems to be hard with this one but hey, at least try to figure out a way wherein users can still enjoy their games with this technology. Balancing the shift to another paradigm wouldn’t hurt, would it?
Do we still have the right to use our good ole controllers?
Harnessing the power of our movements to interact on a console is really phenomenal, but having an option to stick with the ‘normal xbox controller’( you know the one you’ve used since the beginning) Will be very helpful too. As much as this project claims for users to have a total control over a game, some people just don’t want to feel the sudden changes on their rhythmic play.
Also there are games that requires you to dodge a bullet, hide on an enemy’s plain-site, jump on a building etc. – Do you expect gamers to actually do this for real, Natal dev’s?
Any possibility of Natal to be infused on other Non-gaming hardwares?
It would be so cool to think that one day, we could interact with our computers or perhaps your BIG LED/LCD TV without ever using a keyboard or a remote control. If Natal Project will be a success, there’s a chance that this kind of technology will be utilize for these type of purposes.
Just say yes, our dear developers :D
Seeing the start of the Millenium, the first visible phenomenon only started on the release of iPod which was on 2001. Now, just barely touching the offset of 2010 we can fairly see the smittened-competition on the techworld. A competition in hopes to improve the way our life ‘works’. Maybe
I’m still crossing my fingers about this Natal – - as a prototype I’m sure it will be subjected to many scrutinies and some fallout as well but don’t get me wrong here, if this technology manage to push out on its cocoon – I’m sure we will be looking forward with a real ‘game changer’, ‘game breaker’, ‘game spinner’ on our realm.
Perhaps, a little bit more marvelous than the iPhone we know on 2007.
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