Motion control neither revitalized nor ruined video games in 2010, the year when finally everyone was doing it. You could find motion control games everywhere, joysticks and buttons be damned. It wasn't all bad. But much of it was wild.
So says THQ bossman Brian Farrell, who calms one of our fears about Sony and Microsoft's venture into the motion control space with PlayStation Move and Project Natal, respectively. His company, at least, sounds uninterested in straight up Wii ports.
Looks like the Xbox 360's motion sensing add-on is already in the wild and, more importantly, in the hands of someone willing to grab spy shots of the thing and the Project Natal hardware set up guide.
Remember James Gunn? The filmmaker who called Microsoft "the most dreadful, non-talent friendly company I've ever worked for"? Apparently they patched up. Microsoft invited him to try Natal, and Gunn's spilled the beans on a game called "River Rush."
EA Sports doesn't sound enthusiastic about integrating Project Natal or PlayStation Move motion control into its FIFA series, with the game's producer saying the soccer experience they can supply for such a game "isn't particularly authentic."
There has been concern in Japan that only gianormous American living rooms are suitable for Microsoft's upcoming motion control peripheral Natal. No need for concern, says Microsoft.
Microsoft's controller-free add-on Project Natal may be perfect for virtual painting and hyperactive ball-swatting, but is it responsive enough for something more intense? What does MTV's stopwatch tell us?
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Peter Molyneux, the guy who designs those Fable games and runs Microsoft's European studios, sees Project Natal as more than just another motion peripheral.
Developer Turn 10, the studio behind popular racing simulator Forza Motorsport, appears to be planning a new title for Microsoft's upcoming Natal motion system.
Microsoft has dropped a chip from its upcoming Natal motion control hardware, reports website Games Industry. The chip processed data for Natal's "bone system". In its place, Microsoft will use a software solution.
Microsoft's U.K. boss dismissed a report last week that Natal will be ready to go in November 2010, saying claims of pricing and available shipments were based on inaccurate rumors.
Natal is Microsoft's new controller-free motion sensing tech. It does not have a logo or icons yet — apparently, Microsoft is still in the planning stages for that.
You can't make Natal games by yourself. Maybe you can, but Microsoft can't. That's why the company is hiring more people.
The head of marketing for the PlayStation brand told us at E3 that Sony's new PlayStation 3 motion-control tech could be the thing to get hardcore players into "motion gaming."