Microsoft has unveiled and demonstrated Project Natal, under which it is developing technology that facilitates controller-less gaming on its Xbox 360 platform. In what seems to be its answer to Nintendo’s motion controller, Microsoft has done away with the controller itself, making the gamer the controller.
The sensor combines an RGB camera, depth sensor, multi-array microphone and custom processor running proprietary software all in one device and tracks the player’s full body movement in 3D, while responding to commands, directions and even a shift of emotion in voice, the company claims.
In addition, the sensor is not light-dependent. It can recognize you just by looking at your face, and it doesn’t just react to key words but understands what you’re saying. Call a play in a football game, and players will actually respond. “The next step in interactive entertainment is to make the controller disappear,” said Steven Spielberg, Hollywood director and producer. “With Project Natal, we’ll see games that bring everyone together through technology that actually recognizes us.”
What’s cool is that you can control the game menu and interface with swipes of your hand. The company also premiered 10 exclusive new games and Facebook Connect using which one would be able to access the social networking website from the Xbox Live platform.