The world was a very different place in 2001. Call of Duty hadn’t been released yet, Medal of Honor was good, and fans of first-person shooters were still searching for health packs instead of waiting for their health to regenerate automatically. And then Halo came out to completely change the landscape, not only of the first-person shooter, but of gaming in general.
Microsoft’s Project Natal. (AKA. Fluid…better AKA Thwiisixty) really seemed to impress the E3 crowds. probably because the demo video seemed too good to be true.
MS’s scope on this seems pretty ambitious. filled with all sorts of high tech circuitry, sensors, and it’s own CPU. how much will this little thing cost you?. nobody knows. with the original camera costing 40 bucks upon release, and really. That was just a camera.
You think with an IR sensor, an RGB camera, Multi-array Microphone, depth sensor and a custom CPU running Microsoft’s own special software that price might double. Because.. Hell, that all just sounds expensive doesn’t it? So, lets say it comes out at 80 bucks. to me that seems about right. So, 80 bucks seems a little steep. but if it works nearly 100% of the time then no problems right?
Today at E3, Microsoft debuted is endlessly rumored and buzzed about “answer to the wii motion controls”. A device codenamed “Project Natal”
This small device sits under your TV much like the Wii’s Sensor-bar. Unlike the wii sensor bar. This device contains an RGB sensor, Multiarray microphone, depth sensor, some other secret sensor Microsoft isn’t talking about, a Special CPU and probably 4 other expensive sounding doohickeys.
The device is self contained and needs NO CONTROLLER! It’s essentially and super-duper camera that will be able to capture your body motions and display them on-screen in whatever games may support it.
No price or release date has been announced as of yet. No actual in game video demonstrations or game support. And the name is likely to change. My vote is either calling the “Notawii” or “Thwiisixty”
More may be announced tomorrow