E3 and Project Natal
The annual E3 convention is here once again, and for the next few days I will be providing highlights and coverage of events there as they unfold.
To begin: Microsoft.
Anyone remember a little project called Natal? Well, yesterday Microsoft revealed the results of their project, with a brand-spanking new name and everything. The new hands-free motion control system for the Xbox 360 is now known as Kinect. The new system is an attempt by Microsoft to pry their way into new sections of the video game market, but the system will likely bring them into further conflict with rivals Sony and Nintendo, who have already long since touted their own motion systems.
The new system will plug directly into any Xbox 360. It involves a camera, audio sensors and motion sensing technology that is designed to recognize and utilize faces and voices.