Ever since the old days of N64 Vs PS1, The video game companies have always tries to take on their competitors on by making their controllers better. Microsoft and Sony are planning to start the war, their weapon, Motion controllers. Microsoft’s weapon, Natal. Sony’s weapon, Playstation Move. Each hoping to topple Nintendo’s Wiimote. Let’s look at the contenders:
Playstation Move is very to the Wii, except that it is in HD(so that’s why the Wii is not in full HD.) It uses a camera to track a pastel(I hope Sony changes the colors) ball to trace your movements. Sony has said that all movements will be true to life, if that is possible. The controller will even feature a sub-controller, much like the Wii has. It seems the PS3 is gaining steam lately, and with Playstation Move to cost under $100, it may do well, depending on the games.
Project Natal(I call it natal for now)is Microsoft’s motion controller solution, which is not having any controllers at all. Natal tracks your body’s movements and translates them into a game. Recently I saw that the sensors will work in small rooms. Having no controllers has an advantage, for example, you’re playing guitar hero, with natal, you can do a move(like smashing the guitar in the ground) and the game will emulate the character doing it. I one concern is that if you alone and some one enters the room, won’t it throw the sensors off? Project Natal sounds like a good idea, I just wonder what official name Microsoft will give it? I don’t know how much it will cost, but it may be over or around $100.
Sony and Microsoft has entered the motion controller game. I aspect that the first games to come with the motion support will be casual in nature. The only way ether company will win is with great games, games that their grown up base will want to play.
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