Tag: Motion controller
Video: Unboxing the PlayStation Move PS3 motion controller
We here at Tech Digest have just got our hands on a PlayStation Move controller for the PS3, and have cracked open the packaging to see what motion-based delights Sony have in store for us with their latest peripheral….
Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect add-on will cost £129.99 in UK
Those hoping to save their pocket money for Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect motion-controlling kit had better start doubling their efforts, as the UK pricing for the unit has just been revealed. At £129.99, it's not that much more than…
Microsoft Kinect gets US price, costs as much as an Xbox 360
The US price of the Kinect Xbox 360 motion-sensing add-on has been outed over at the Microsoft Store. The good news is that American readers can pre-order their unit now. The bad news is, it isn't going to come…
PlayStation Move UK pricing revealed
PlayStation Move, Sony's motion-sensing controller for the PS3 has now been priced and dated for its UK release. Set for release on September 17th, you're going to have to be prepared to splash out on a few different items for…
Project Natal becomes Microsoft Kinect: New games and features detailed
Microsoft's motion controller has broken cover a few hours ahead of its official launch at the E3 gaming conference. After going under the codename of Project Natal for over a year, it's now been confirmed by US paper USA Today…
Sony: Don't make bad Wii game clones for the PS3 Move
Sony are looking to safe-guard themselves against suggestions that their forthcoming PS3 motion-controller is just a rip-off of Nintendo's Wii. Looking to reassure Playstation-fanboys who are worried that their favourite console may be about to get a barrage of Wii-ports…
Sony's PS3 Motion Controller available Fall 2010
In something of a shock announcement, Sony have today confirmed that their new motion-based controller, tentatively named the Motion Controller, will be available by Autumn 2010. The controller will detect and interpret a player's movement, precisely transferring gestures as…
Sony demo hand-held motion controller at E3
Sony has formally joined the battle of the motion controllers after unveiling their, as yet unnamed, hand-held motion controller at E3.
Made up of two handsets the new controller works with the existing PS3’s eye.
The “technology demo” showed the way in which a player becomes part of the in-game experience, appearing on-screen, with the controller replaced by a variety of implements, from a baseball bat, to a weird sort of light-sabre whip thing.
Richard Marks, head of development for Sony’s new motion controller said “The controller can be measured to sub-millimetre accuracy.”
And in three dimensions, so not only does it know how far your controllers are from each other, it knows how far they are from the screen, which will allow for some potentially very immersive 3D gameplay.
Kaz Hirai, Sony Computer Entertainment President, said: “With PlayStation 2, when we launched the EyeToy camera, we had already perfected the art of playing games just using your hands.”
“The motion controller we demoed today, it raises the bar in terms of accuracy in 3D. It’s all about the accuracy and tracking.”
The new controller is being muted for a Spring ’10 launch, though by then Project Natal will be everywhere. Sony have been quite sorely beaten to the punch on this one, and by Microsoft, stuffy old Microsoft – that’s got to hurt.
Microsoft unveil motion sensing controller – Project Natal
Microsoft has unveiled its much rumoured motion controller at E3 along with 1080p video-streaming, facebook and twitter integration, and Premier League football as part of Microsoft’s deal with Sky.
“Project Natal” is not as many were expecting a hand-held controller but rather a motion sensing camera, like the Eye Toy, but hopefully substantially less crappy.
Steven Spielberg lumbered on stage to demo the new technology, with his avatar moving in real time as he controled the UI. Unlike the Eye Toy which wasn’t really developed with any great vigour, Microsoft seem to have gone to town with Natal and look to have created a very immersive and interactive experience.
Maybe too interactive, because in an Orwellian overstep, Microsoft have included face recognition technology which will allow you to use the meat, sinew and cartilage, on the front of your head to as your password to log in to your Live account.
But Natal isn’t just for gaming: As Microsoft start to push the Xbox 360 as the home entertainment mega-hub, you’ll be able to use Natal to flick through your films and songs and use voice recognition to issue commands.
The demo came complete with a very Wii-esque trailer of a family enjoyed the delights of Natal’s motion capture, although all the voices had been dubbed so grimly that the whole thing takes on this sort of uncanny and unnerving ambiance, like they’re trapped. It’s weird – watch it. It’s a far cry from the light-hearted japes of the Rednapp clan.
Microsoft look to have created an amazing and deeply immersive piece of kit here, but they still can’t make adverts. Not for toffees.
Watch this till the end – it’s a good advert and then in the last 10 seconds the way the light on the Natal unit switches off is so creepy!
Has no one at Microsoft seen Space Odyssey 2001? It couldn’t be more menacingly Hal-esque.