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WSJ: Motion Sensitive Camera Coming for Xbox

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 16 comments

It seems Sony might not be alone in its endeavors to go after a piece of the Wii pie.

Just a few weeks back, rumors hit a high about the possibility that Sony might introduce a motion sensing controller at E3. Similar rumors suggest Microsoft could also be developing some motion sensing equipment of its own and again, E3 could be a launchpad for the device.

This week the Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft developing a new video camera for the Xbox 360 that will allow players to control games with the movement of their bodies. Citing anonymous sources, WSJ says that unlike the Wii’s controller-sensor combo, the Microsoft camera won't require users to hold any hardware to control on-screen action. Rather, the camera would sit near the television and capture when players move their hands, legs or head. This further confirms speculation that Microsoft purchased 3DV Systems for its ZCam tech.

E3 is shaping up quite nicely this year. If both Sony and Microsoft announce something like this, we could be in for a very interesting show. Who’s interested in Microsoft’s idea? We quite like the ‘no controller necessary’ angle. Let us know in the comments below!

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    Tindytim , May 13, 2009 8:15 PM
    They do know the gimmicky control scheme isn't the only reason Nintendo is successful right?

    It's how they market to the ignorant, not what they market with. Make a commercial with some bright colors and a family friend approach with lots of people "having fun".
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    dman3k , May 13, 2009 8:16 PM
    We're one step closer to the holodeck.

    Now if we can get some start-up company to produce pr0n with motion movement controls using XNA Game Studio...
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    Anonymous , May 13, 2009 8:18 PM
    No controller would kick a$$..
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    Anonymous , May 13, 2009 8:25 PM
    Honestly, I'm not the kind of person that likes playing games without a controller. What I would like is a light gun for all of my fps shooters. That would be amazing.
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    antilycus , May 13, 2009 8:55 PM
    too little too late, this wont take off on 360 and should'be be compiled with whatever the next system is. Developers arent going to start making games for this.... ITS 3 (4 for 360) YEARS SINCE ITS BEEN RELEASED. Typically 1 year from now, they announce their new system...
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    dman3k , May 13, 2009 9:12 PM
    Antilycustoo little too late
    Considering how graphics on the X360 still look better than the graphics on the PS3 cause Sony's graphic library was "purposely designed" to be crappy, I dunno why you think that M$ would need to announce a new system within a year alienating its current user-base when it's still the top dog in the current console war graphically. Not to mention M$ still haven't announced their "slim" version of the X360.
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    jecht , May 13, 2009 9:13 PM
    It'll all come down to how well it works, and how well it's implemented. The Wii controls work just fine, but countless crappy games and a few great games testify to the fact that there's a right way and a wrong way to use a control system. Honestly, I don't expect this to catch on very well, as the Xbox is more oriented towards FPSs and RPGs, but who knows?
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    jecht , May 13, 2009 9:23 PM
    dman3kWe're one step closer to the holodeck.Now if we can get some start-up company to produce pr0n with motion movement controls using XNA Game Studio...


    Virtua Pr0n comes with a fleshlight/dildo controller!
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    the_one111 , May 13, 2009 9:46 PM
    jechtVirtua Pr0n comes with a fleshlight/dildo controller!

    Ah Futurama at it's best.
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    Anonymous , May 13, 2009 9:50 PM
    Doesn't this already exist? There's a camera motion controlled game already out that uses the current xbox camera.
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    solymnar , May 13, 2009 11:20 PM
    The difference from the sounds of things enusbaum is that this will be a stereo camera operation with the ability of reasonably accurate depth perception. I agree that its not likely to take off on the 360. I'm guessing it is probably more for purposes of getting the structure and support down so that they can do a good job with it on the next gen.
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    eklipz330 , May 14, 2009 1:06 AM
    great idea, but knowing microsoft, they won't let any third parties make better solutions, therefore jackingup price for a puny piece of hardware up to around.... $150.

    than sony will continue to add that 'necessary piece of equipment to operate the console' on to the long list of 'things you need for the 360 that add to its price, and the things that ps3 already have' because 'ps3 is apparently also a pioneer in motion control'
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    stox , May 14, 2009 4:53 AM
    What makes the wii so successful is it's multi-player games. I wonder if microsoft has considered this with their camera? Will it be able to read the motions of more than one player?
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    zak_mckraken , May 14, 2009 1:41 PM
    I smell more homemade videos coming on a Youporn near you!
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    Hellcatm , May 14, 2009 10:39 PM
    Antilycustoo little too late, this wont take off on 360 and should'be be compiled with whatever the next system is. Developers arent going to start making games for this.... ITS 3 (4 for 360) YEARS SINCE ITS BEEN RELEASED. Typically 1 year from now, they announce their new system...


    Most likely MS has been developing this tech for a while (I saw a video of it about a year ago with a cam and the 360) so game devs have probably been working on games for this tech since then. MS will probably make it compatible with both the 360 and the new Xbox when it comes out.



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    Hellcatm , May 14, 2009 10:44 PM
    eklipz330great idea, but knowing microsoft, they won't let any third parties make better solutions, therefore jackingup price for a puny piece of hardware up to around.... $150.than sony will continue to add that 'necessary piece of equipment to operate the console' on to the long list of 'things you need for the 360 that add to its price, and the things that ps3 already have' because 'ps3 is apparently also a pioneer in motion control'


    Oh spare me Sony didn't put rumbe into their PS3 controllers and then charged for the controllers with rumble. They probably did this on purpose so they can make extra money from the people who bought new controllers. Also people who bought the first blu-ray players had to buy the second gen then the third gen to get functions they didn't put in in the first place. Sony is notorious for doing things like that not MS.