Project Natal: You are the Cursor

Arnoud van den Heuvel
June 3rd 2009

project natal
Today browsing and gaming is dominated by the shortcomings of machines, for machines simply do not know who is on the other end. Man needs to interact; therefore man needs to input. Buttons, keys, keyboards, arrows, joysticks, consoles, gun-triggers, tracker-balls and steering-wheels are indispensable. Until now...

Microsoft is making serious efforts to end that era and by doing so, giving a fledged answer to the Nintendo Wii. Project Natal is the codename for Microsofts new and revolutionary way of gaming; taking Xbox into the next generation. It lets you, the user, take full control of the games by simply moving around, jumping, punching and kicking or whatever you feel like doing.

A 3D camera system tracks all movements the user makes and there is a multi-array microphone too to be able to interact vocally. The only way to beat that, is to make the screen disappear, no?! (or to have something like thought control)

Stephen Spielberg who is currently involved in writing scripts and stories for Xbox, states: "I'm currently making videogames through EA, and right now I'm so exited to be able to write for [Natal]. That's what I'm most exited about, because it sort of changes the paradigm of what I would have written for last week, now all that has been thrown away and it's a whole new world, a whole new beginning." 

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Arnoud van den Heuvel
Posted 05/06/2009 – 13:11

Thanks Tijn! That's just awsome.

Tijn Kooijmans
Posted 05/06/2009 – 12:52

also check:

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