Less than 3 weeks away from E3 2010, and the primary focus appears to be on the motion control systems for Microsoft and Sony. We have “Natal” on the Microsoft side and “Move” on the Sony side. Which motion system will impress the gamers the most?
Microsoft’s Project Natal:
What we know thus far:
Project Natal: It enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the need to touch a game controller through a natural user interface using gestures, spoken commands, or presented objects and images.
Gaming Console: Microsoft’s Xbox 360
Release Date: Scheduled for release October 2010. But date may change.
Price: Rumor has it that Project Natal will be $149.99 as a standalone purchase, or $299.99 bundled with an Xbox 360 Arcade system.
Code name: The current code name “Project Natal” may change by E3 2010.
Games to be supported: Former Vice President of Microsoft Game Studios, Shane Kim, has already gone on record as saying that Project Natal is backwards compatible with the entire Xbox 360 library once the game is patched.
As far as confirmed games go, we will have to wait for E3 2010.
One last note: Natal had a hard time detecting dark skinned color individuals during E3 2009, hopefully that has been fixed.
What we know thus far:
Gaming Console:Sony PlayStation 3
PS MOVE: PlayStation Move uses the PlayStation Eye webcam to track the wand’s position and inertial sensors in the wand to detect its motion.
Release date: PlayStation Move is slated for worldwide launch in Q3/Q4 2010
Price: Although Sony has not confirmed an actual price, Sony will be offering different bundles at launch, but the specific North America bundle will be priced under $100, such as a starter kit with a PS Eye, a Move motion controller, and motion-control enabled software, priced under US$100. A recent listing in Canada had the standalone PS Move controller for $69.99.
Games to be supported:
Ape Escape PS3
Brunswick Pro Bowling
The Fight: Lights Out
Little Big Planet 2
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest
Existing games that will be support:
High Velocity Bowling
Little Big Planet
Resident Evil 5: Alternative Edition
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11
Toy Story 3: The Video Game
One last note: Many have called PS Move the supped up version of the Wii without even trying the system. The concept is similar, but only time will tell what Sony has in store.
This E3 will be a huge event, expect to see both systems impress many. Gamers will be the real winners.
Which motion system do you think will impress gamers the most?