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E3 09: Project Natal in Full

Project Natal In Full By Xboxic

Described by Microsoft as a revolutionary new way to play: no controller required. See a ball? Kick it, hit it, trap it or catch it. If you know how to move your hands, shake your hips or speak, you and your friends can jump into the fun — the only experience needed is life experience. Full details and Videos after the jump.

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We recently reported the basic facts as soon as it was confirmed at E3, but can now provide you with more specific data to present the product in its full glory. Microsoft have released an official video showcasing some of the potential new features including face recognition, in game scanning options to customise items, voice commands, complete freedom body movement as a means of control and seamless Video chat without microphone attachments.

The device will be instantly compatible with every Xbox360 ever sold and Microsoft boss Don Mattrick, described it as “It’s not about reinventing the wheel, it’s about no wheel at all.” Despite Microsoft having revealed no details on the specifications or even a release date, it has been reported that the aquistion of 3DV Systems who invented the Zcam with similar technology has now gone ahead with Microsoft buying the company, all its assets and patents for around 5 - 7 Million dollars!

Quoted from Wall Street Journal:

“the camera is based on technology that Microsoft developed inside its sprawling research arm,” though it added that, “Microsoft also recently acquired…3DV…which has developed a 3D camera and holds related patents.”

The roots behind ‘Project Natal’ stem from the ZCam manufactured by 3DV Systems based in Israel which was given a brief showing at the CES 2008 event as shown below.

Although ‘Project Natal’ has probably advanced somewhat since the design of the original Zcam since Microsoft aquired it, but the Zcams specifications sheet are going to be the closest around at the moment as the brochure below describes it to provide very accurate depth information at high speed (up to 60 fps) and high depth resolution (1-2cm). At the same time, it provides synchronised quality colour RGB video. Zcam enables consumers to control games thorugh intuitive body gestures and immerse themselves with virtual reality. Clicking each image will open full screen for full details.

Here Steven Spielberg, talks about ‘Project Natal’, controller-free gaming, entertainment, and the future of videogames. It’s only just over a minute and like the rest of us - he is more than impressed!

Microsoft have not revealed any confirmed release date for ‘Project Natal’ nor a price or even its real name, but one thing for sure is that it will completely change the way you interact and play with your console. It’s currently an exciting development which may leave you wondering how you ever managed without it. More information and details regarding this device will be reported as soon as we have more information, but in the meantime we are interested in your views and how you would like to interact with your console through this device?

Share your views with us.

Sources: CNET, TeamXbox, Engadget & Xbox

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Comment by H34RT 4TT4CK on 2009-06-04 21:53:18 | Reply

Need I mention that I am going to get this?

Comment by Wardieboy on 2009-06-04 22:10:16 | Reply

pron is going to rock on this!

Comment by H34RT 4TT4CK on 2009-06-04 22:15:50 | Reply

Cyber sex taken to new heights. YES!

Comment by Wardieboy on 2009-06-04 22:33:05 | Reply

So anyone care to take a guess at the price? I reckon they’ll be aasking a minimum of £75 for this.

I think it will be hyped to the max! - I would go as far as saying it will be a great piece of hardware bundled with a cheap-crap game (the painting rubbish) for £99.99 !

Comment by tony on 2009-06-05 13:11:26 | Reply

I would say that MW2 is getting hyped to the max, it looks like the first, but they will both be good still!

Comment by TheElementFire on 2009-06-04 22:46:49 | Reply

I’d say it’ll be bundled with a game for $199.

^ Yeah that agree’s with my theory too…

Comment by mass9 on 2009-06-05 05:59:57 | Reply

Provided this doesn’t fully replace the controller as an i/o device on a full time basis (I’m assuming for a next gen systems).

I like the concept, and believe it will work great for a lot of games.

But not all.
And not for prolonged periods of time. I’d love to play an FPS on this, but couldn’t see myself doing it for 30+ minutes at a time. And would I have to jump to jump? wtf? How much noise will I make to play games now?

The driving bit they show, with no wheel or anything……pffftt.

Go ahead, hold your arms out in front of you. See how long you can do it before your arms are in terrible pain. More than 10 minutes and you’d have to be a glutton for pain.

Maybe I’m just a cynic. Maybe I’m just getting worried that I’ll be telling my kids “In my day we played with a controller and we liked it

Comment by H34RT 4TT4CK on 2009-06-05 06:19:21 | Reply

“In my day we played with a controller and we liked it”

My parents told me they hiked 2 miles to school in foot deep snow, and for TV, they actually had to get up to change the channel, which at the time, amounted to about 5 channels.

We don’t know how good we have it, and yet it’ll be funny to say that the next generation wouldn’t know how good they have it compared to what we lived through, let alone our parents and grandparents.

Comment by joe on 2009-06-05 09:12:31 | Reply

it would be cool if you could teach milo words .. if this is as good as i hope i wont think x box sucks ass anymore bec there controller sux …milo u better have some skills and smarts

Comment by Adam on 2009-06-05 19:35:48 | Reply

Where did all these trolls come from? Get back under your bridge.

Comment by Veritas on 2009-06-05 20:59:35 | Reply

Ahahaha, nice.

This is like an invasion of pure privacy because Microsoft can read and keep record of people’s body layout, their movements, voice, etc.

Remember guys, Microsoft Xbox monitors our online gameplay as it is. This company is also in correlation with our government.

Not a good sign. Google PAINSCOURT if you want to know about my statement.

I couldn’t care less if they monitor my sperm count! I owe it to them for such a great console…

Comment by H34RT 4TT4CK on 2009-06-06 05:50:35 | Reply

Gasp! And Armstrong never left Earth! The government planned 9/11, and Roswell is a cover up for alien visitors!

Comment by Takumi on 2009-06-09 19:47:56 | Reply

I’m glad you agree with me =)

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