Week in review: Gaming's front in motion
Game console makers focus on motion controllers, while Bing and Wave make their arrivals. Also: DOJ probes tech hiring tactics.
For those of you who have been waiting for some really big news to come out of the video game industry, Microsoft answered your call with its innovative "Project Natal," a hands-free motion-sensitive controller system. Announced during Microsoft's, Project Natal seems almost certainly to be the culmination of several years of work by an Israeli start-up called 3DV Systems, which Microsoft .
The technology, as demonstrated, appears geared toward allowing users to control games, movies, and anything else on their Xbox system with their hands alone, and without touching any hardware.
Nintendo had a chance for a rebuttal, during which it chose to. The idea behind the new version of the controller is that it offers enhanced feedback, what they called "physical reality." The idea is that the controller allows for much more precise, feedback-oriented motion.
Meanwhile, Sony's new system is a set of wands with glowing orbs on top, that Wii Motion Plus. The glowing orb, which changed color during the demo, was integral to the positioning technology,, and which also give tangible physical feedback like the new Nintendo system. Configured with an analog trigger and some number of buttons, the wand has one-to-one mapping just like the
It's abundantly clear that what's really going on here is an aggressive play by each of the three companies to, people who have traditionally not considered themselves gamers.
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