Project Natal

Nintendo: Motion Plus now standard with every Wii sold

Although once optional, Nintendo is now making Motion Plus a manditory purchase. At least for new Wii owners. In speaking with Infendo today, the company was quick to point out that the newly announced Black Wii bundles are, in fact, “new stock” units. In other words, Motion Plus is now standard with every Wii sold—be it black or white. “This isn’t technically a bundle,”...

Nintendo “embarrassed” by Wii copycats

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime said he wouldn’t dare rip off the competition like Sony and Microsoft are doing with Wii. “I think we would have been embarrassed to do what our competitors are currently doing,” he told Kotaku, when asked what his company’s next console might include. “So, all I can tell you is t...

Miyamoto calls Microsoft motion ‘basic,’ says players ‘need something to hold’

In an interview with Wired, Nintendo’s killer-app had this to say about motion control finally becoming the industry standard: “Looking at what the other companies have shown here at E3, it feels like they have finally obtained the very basic technology for doing motion control, but… I don’t think I could create an experience that truly feels interactive if you don’t ...

Ubisoft’s Wii camera *looks* comparable to Microsoft’s Project Natal

In case you didn’t see it last week, Ubisoft announced a new fitness game for Wii called Your Shape. The virtual fitness program uses a bundled camera to detect full body motion, a la the still undated Project Natal for Xbox 360. Interestingly, both the game and peripheral will debut this holiday, and the trailer seems to suggest it will behave similarly to Microsoft’s more ambitious c...

Johnny Lee now working for Microsoft to develop Xbox 360 motion controls

Nintendo did not take Jack’s advice to hire Wii hack maestro Johnny Lee. Instead, Microsoft realized a genius was in the room and hired him to work on Project Natal, the camera attachment for Xbox 360 that recognizes full boy motion.  “I have been helping Xbox with Project Natal,” Chang said on his blog. “Speaking as someone who has been working in interface and sensing...

What do you think of Xbox 360’s “Project Natal”?

Microsoft today unveiled its response to Nintendo Wii. Dubbed “Project Natal,” the upcoming attachment promises to transform controls on Xbox 360, further than even the Wii has. Some very cool-looking demos were shown, but I’m reserving judgment until I get my hands on the thing. You? What do you think of Project Natal?