Project NatalThursday, June 4, 2009 16:23
Finally, I have logged on to my blog site after quite a few months. My personal and work life kept me busy for these few months …
Anyway, So I thought to get back with one of my favorite topics : Gaming.
Recently, I read about XBox Live new development kicked off by Microsoft, called, Project Natal. It is all about a different gaming style or I should call it as an attempt to the next generation gaming experience. Now, Nintendo has already started in that direction with the launch of Wii. And how can Microsoft be far behind in copying the idea. So, here comes the annoucement of Project Natal, a “controller free gaming and entertainment experience”.
With this, a gamer will be able to use his whole body for a rich gaming session just like in Nintendo Wii, except that there will not be any device tagged to the gamer’s body. The Xbox live sensor device will be able to capture the complete body movements of the gamer and translate them in action in the gaming scenario. The game will move according to user bodily reactions. Even to make the experience much better, there will be microphones embedded so as to enable to gamer to interact with the characters in the game. So, it seems like you can actually become “Templer” in “Kill Zone” (some future XBox version) and fire in whichever direction by just pointing your fingers. The sensors should also be able to recognize your facial expressions to understand you feelings and who knows, might be, “Lara Croft” falls in love with you.
As per the claims mentioned on Wikipedia, technical demos of the basic games are done and Microsoft is keen to invest more towards this technology.
I seriously doubt, not about the evolution of rich gaming experience, but about Microsoft’s credibility in producing such high end gaming experience. For Microsoft, sticking to Windows OS and making it stable should be a better and safer option.