Nintendo pooh-poohs Xbox, PS3 motion control
Wii better, company chief claims
Microsoft’s Project Natal camera-based motion-control technology grabbed headlines last week, but Nintendo’s President has said the Wii's approach is way better.
Satoru Iwata said that Nintendo has already produced experimental games which use cameras to measure the player's movement – the technology used by Project Natal — but claimed to have achieved far better results using accelerometers.
It was such tests, Iwata said, which prompted Nintendo to opt for accelerometer-based Wii controllers.
However, Iwata admitted to the Financial Times that until Microsoft and Sony – which also showed off a motion-controlled gadget of its own last week – each unveil details about their gaming systems, such as price and bundled software, Nintendo won’t know if it made the right choice.
Project Natal doesn’t use any form of physical controller. Instead, the gamer’s movements are picked up by a camera-equipped sensor bar that translates their twists and turns into on-screen action.
Sony’s Motion Control for the PS3 is a mix between the Wii’s controllers and Project Natal, because gamers must hold a wand-like device that can be recognised by a nearby EyeToy camera. A demo video is available online. ®
never ignore ...
"You know, if there's one thing I've learnt from being in the Army, it's never ignore a pooh-pooh. I knew a Major, who got pooh-poohed, made the mistake of ignoring the pooh-pooh. He pooh-poohed it! Fatal error! 'Cos it turned out all along that the soldier who pooh-poohed him had been pooh-poohing a lot of other officers who pooh-poohed their pooh-poohs. In the end, we had to disband the regiment. Morale totally destroyed... by pooh-pooh! "
I think that says it all really
Come on Microsoft...
I know you don't like doing original stuff but that is surely a rip off from Sony's cam which was fun for 5 minutes.
I got an Xbox but to be honest i bought it for the more traditional games, I have a hardly used Wii for the other bits.
Natal fooled the media.
Made them look like clueless chumps. A faked demo, and everyone turned a blind eye.
Had it been Sony lying, the Media would have been stirring up a shit storm right now...