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Project Natal: The Savior of Gaming?

I4U writes: "So what does this downturn mean for you, the humble gamer? Only good things. A steep dive in console sales is going to make manufacturers drop prices to stimulate purchases and improve peripheral sales. I think we'll also see a sharp increase in the number of manufacturers that take to selling their products primarily online." (Industry, Xbox 360)

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shocky16  +   2393d ago
Erm since when did gaming need saving?
Infact I'm excited about Natal, but please please.. Sony,MS don't let motion controls become standard..
Gamertags  +   2393d ago
Another one of the those 'huh' articles!
Gaming doesn't need saving. Errr Another article written by some kid who needs some hits on his site.

Gaming is good no matter what! Natal is going to be a very awesome addition to gaming and to the 360. Nice addition, interesting new ways to play but not the savior.
Timesplitter14  +   2393d ago
I threw up when I read the title of the article.

I'm genuinely sad about the direction gaming takes. It feels cheap and boring , and I don't think having no button at all a good thing. Not only the tools used for gaming but the games aswell , I didn't like a lot of the games this gen and I really think Natal isn't going to help.
I remember a time when gaming was about exploration , skill , strategy ,challenge. Not all games had this but it was different. Most games this gen are about innovation and graphics.
I am sad.
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CaptainKratos  +   2393d ago
i threw up, then laughed and then i threw up again!!!haha.
CaptainKratos  +   2393d ago
saw the Disagree
then laughed.^^^ then guess what boys and girls i threw
Sonyslave3  +   2393d ago
Don't worry MS said like a 100 times Natal won't be placeing the xbox 360 controller.
lloyd_sr1  +   2393d ago
Natal will go the way of the dinosaur. How am I supposed to play COD with no controller?
shocky16  +   2393d ago
There are so many other games you can play with Natal other than FPS..
whothedog  +   2393d ago
Ricochet :)

I think Natel is meant for a more casual experience. or adding on some features to hardcore games like maybe facial recognition.
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Greywulf  +   2393d ago
Shocky, like what?
FPS/TPS/RPG all need controls.
DevastationEve  +   2393d ago
Voice command can easily replace menu-driven controls in RPGs and RTSs (as proven with End War) that are normally mapped to cramped controllers. In an FPS game it could be used for interacting with NPCs and environment context features (like light switches).

Motion tracking can be used in scope/zoom views as you aim, instead of mapping that to the 2nd analog. It can also be used for gesture recognition (like Minority Report) in video editing and splitting of clips (like how Cruise navigates the precog composite feedback).

It's true that Natal won't replace the controller...but who ever said that it has to? The two can be fused together to make one awesome experience. Afterall it's pretty much just a machine interpreting your movements and voice commands, it's not like you have to put down the controller to use it.
Timesplitter14  +   2393d ago
Face it : Natal cannot be used to play hardcore games. Could you play Quake 3 Arena with Natal? You better not, because God would probably kill you for doing that.

Natal can be used for small "let's try something with motion controls!" games. Party games, for example. It's just not versatile/precise/fast enough to play hardcore games.
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DevastationEve  +   2393d ago
4 disagrees...some PS3 fanboys are already feeling the sweat of Natal shoving more PS3's into lonely closets.

That's cool, bring on the disagrees. It won't stop Natal from succeeding.

Yep! One more disagree, one more fanboy silently marking off a pretend victory.
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callahan09  +   2392d ago
@ Apocalay...

None of those functions even utilize Natal to the fullest (that is, those functions don't rely on 3D spacial tracking). All of that stuff could be done with the Playstation Eye.
GiantEnemyCrab  +   2393d ago
I'm excited to see what becomes of it but I wouldn't put any "savior of gaming" tag on it. I think expectations and hype need to be tempered until we see and hear more about it. It's still a ways away.
Omega4  +   2393d ago
Natal will give the 360 a lot more variety, but gaming doesnt need saving
Sonyslave3  +   2393d ago
Project Natal is Armageddon to all ps3fanboys.
Shaka2K6  +   2393d ago
Project Natal: The FLOP of Gaming?
Yeah just like Xbox LIVE Vision, what ever happend to that Flop anyways? Hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aa !!!
TheMART  +   2393d ago
Yes just like the PSeye... Bought it for my PS3 and the only thing I do with it is making stickers in LBP. Flop flop.

Natal is brough differently then the Vision cam or PSeye. You'll see in time droid!
dustgavin  +   2393d ago
Yea, Natal is used for making your avatar hit blocks and dance awkwardly.

Bam! There it is.
Lord Shuhei Yoshida  +   2393d ago
The RROD is Armageddon to all 360 consoles LMAO
Xwow2008  +   2393d ago
-MD-  +   2393d ago
Yellow Light of Death is fun too.
Gun_Senshi  +   2393d ago
Natal is never seen before tech!

Related video
NegativeCreep427  +   2393d ago
@ Gun_Senshi
Its funny how the PS2 itself has already accomplished most of what Natal claims to introduce.

Wow! Project Natal is totally revolutionary. Project Natal will change the way the gaming industry and its audience approaches interactive entertainment...That is what your average d*ck-headed fanboy or partialized media conglamorate would say IF their entire memory and the history of videogaming before E3 2009 was wiped clean.
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TheMART  +   2393d ago
@ Creep

The PSeye is a camera with a simple recognition for one person in front of the camera. It doesn’t track 48 points in the human body for four persons at the same time. Just let that get to you for a moment. It tracks 48 different points in a body, times four, in 3D that is. It can recognize people, even if someone walks in front of Natal while playing, the hard- and software is smart enough to calculate what the playing person looks like missing some vision on that person. It recognizes facial expression, it records and recognizes voices. It can scan objects, like a drawing on a paper in no time shown in the Milo video on E3. It has a groundbreaking sensor that combines an RGB camera, depth sensor, multi-array microphone and custom processor.

Sorry. The PSeye does nothing like that.
NegativeCreep427  +   2393d ago
I didn't even think videogaming as a hobby or as a marketable industry needed a savior to bring it back from the brink of destruction.

Over-sensationalized article title to hook everybody in: Check!
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presto717  +   2393d ago
Now who the 7UCK asks that type of silly question?
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deshon09  +   2393d ago
i did't know gaming need saving lol not natal
Gun_Senshi  +   2393d ago
wait what?
Gaming needs saving?

Just keep your Natal/PS3 mote/WiiMote. Just give me choice of using controller. I will choose controller over motion sensor anyday.

I'm not saying no to motion controls. I'm saying give the option to whom wants it, just like Digital Distrubtion has been here for years and it works with retail games too. As long as they don't completely remove controller they can do what they want i don't care, except if they make games MUST have motion crap to play -.-
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Atomic  +   2393d ago
Yeah because making people flail their hands like lunatics in front of the screen will save gaming.
lloyd_sr1  +   2393d ago
It does look kinda of silly. I don't think controller- less gaming is the future as the media would lead you to believe. For casual or core experiences...
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air1  +   2393d ago

yea, i agree...
ZOMBIEMAN1  +   2393d ago
@ air1
so how will ppl play Halo 3 ODST , Alan Wake , Fable , FFXIII and every other game except RTS & racing ? . checkmate bub
air1  +   2393d ago
moron, you have no imagination do you?

go to your friends house cause im sure he has a 360 like everyone else and ask him to show you the natal video that will explain many of your questions especially racing. they have a nice video of burn out played on natal.

most those games you mentioned wont use natal, its not meant for every game. with a bit of imagination that you clearly do not have fps can work on natal too, simple things like reach out and twist your wrist to open a door, or a game like socom put your hand up to stop your crew or wave them on. little thing like that will make great games for those of us that will not let go of the controller.

think of it as an add on to controls not a replacement of the controller and maybe you imagination will kick in a bit..

its just amazing on how clueless you sony fanatics are about natal, like i said go watch the video on live im sure you know someone with a 360..

and i know socom is for the ps3 i just couldnt think of the other tactical shooter. oh and it extends to net flix too, just wave your hand till you get the movie you want and say play. how the fvck can you hate on that?


idiot once again your traditional games will not use natal you will still have the CONTROLLER to play those game with little added natal touches. natal will end the p3 cause it will take more casual gamers than that dildo stick. thzt with the 360 price will end the ps3 you will see.

there is no checkmate you lost bub..
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ZOMBIEMAN1  +   2393d ago
@ air1
it's still checkmate bub because if Natal won't have those games and others than it won't end PS3 like you wish it would and how about moving , moving the camera doing combos you know the more complicated things funny how i ask for a simple how will Natal run those games if it's suppose to end PS3 yet you try to give explanation of the simplest things and not the rest also none of my friends own a 360 all of em have PS3 and 1 with Wii & PS3 i saw the Natal vids the only thing Natal can do is driving games and the casual cr@p also funny how you call me a PS3 fanboy yet i'm exited for Halo 3 ODST ( best Halo game ) , L4D2 and Alan Wake ( Alan Wake kicks Splinter Cell's ass ) and funny how i was the only PS3 owner saying that ME will never be on PS3 at the article from Sixaxis about a popular 360 game going to PS3 ( it was Castle Crashers ) yeah i'm a fanboy . your just a hypocrite and it's still checkmate in my favor bub
ZOMBIEMAN1  +   2393d ago
@ air1
lol. lets evaluate here ,you're saying casual gamers would go buy a 360 for Natal over PS3 but i can also do what you bots do and spin it, the hardcore would run to get a PS3 because they can experience Wii like controls and have HD graphics also how much do you really think Natal will cost i estimate around a $100 or so $50 minimal and combine that with the current price of a 360 it's $ 250 bucks minimal same price as a Wii and the Wii already has all the casual cr@p casual gamers want so again how would Natal destroy PS3 if 1 it will have none of the games ppl bought 360's for 2 it would cost as much if not more than a Wii and 3 it's not included in with 360 and if Eye Toy didn't do anything for PS2 which was more popular than 360 what makes Natal so different you can get technical about it but in the eyes of the consumer it would count for sh!t face it Natal won't destroy PS3 if $600 price and no games and Halo 3 and Gears didn't kill PS3 why will Natal succeed, checkmate bub
kingme71  +   2393d ago
Project Natal: The Savior of the US Economy.

The economy is going South and has been for close to 2 years as is evidenced by this graph right here: (insert graph here).

What will save the economy? Project Natal of course. The first director to make an interactive movie will save the economy.

My article has as much research and valid conclusive arguments as this one.
kissmeimgreek  +   2393d ago
natal is not the savior we need,but the saviour we deserve.

(finally, ive been trying to find a way to us that for months)
Project Natal = Big Failure
My opinion, in wireless gaming, wii will always be on top ...
KILLA J  +   2393d ago
this is what i think of the Wii:
thedukeofkna  +   2393d ago
Haven't you heard? Jesus himself will be at the natal launch, delivering the first models on a golden pegasus.
JonnyBigBoss  +   2393d ago
I'm sorry but Natal is being hyped way too much. It's as much of a casual piece of hardware as the Wii or the PlayStation Eye.
Xwow2008  +   2393d ago
natal is cool
but its need games 2 be build from the ground for it.

and also MS is hyping it so much because its natal is the last hope for them 2 let the 360 sales increase.
Corepred4  +   2393d ago
i would think the savior of gaming....
would be games!
Neo604  +   2393d ago
33% failure rate is the end of 10mil of chatbox pleasefixme180 DLC.
air1  +   2393d ago
i thought the end was when the ps3 launched?

oh wait that was over 2 years ago, what happened?


no exclusives for 09

dated hardware



why does the ps3 have such a hard time again?
dustgavin  +   2393d ago
Yea, the 360 is doing just great. Look at all the wonderful exclusives this year!
DrAculaEMS  +   2393d ago
Virtual Reality
Give me video games in virtual reality, then I'll be happy with a motion controller standard.
ZOMBIEMAN1  +   2393d ago
there is only 1 savior of video games and it's not Natal it's Mario
Apocalypse Shadow  +   2393d ago
i wont call it a failure as it hasn't come out yet.
but "savior of gaming?" come on!

first we get an article about 360 being the best selling american system.but the article excludes all other systems that sold better that are not american(like articles excluding worldwide sales for NPD)now we get this one.

get real man.where is the real news?

braydon619  +   2393d ago
You know what i personally think would be the savour of gaming, lowering the frigging prices of a damn game. were i live in canada it's 69.99 plus tax for a new game.... almost 80$ after tax.... that's personally what's been slowing me down on gaming, i wait now until games are old and cheap and less people play online so it's no fun... lower the game prices back down to like 50$ and i'd be the happiest gamer.
ultimolu  +   2393d ago

The savior of what exactly?
xg-ei8ht  +   2393d ago
If motion control becomes standard on PS3 I'd sell it.

I'd like it for certain types of games, like a dungeons and dragons game, etc, fantasy, or some type of horse racing, archery etc games.

Driving - No.
FPS - No
MetalGearBear  +   2393d ago
"Yellow Light of Death is fun too."!!!!?????
LOL at murderetard!!!!!
let check me scan your brain.
here your brain:

RROD = 33-35% rate.
YLOD = 1% rate.
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ExPresident  +   2393d ago
I'm not even clicking on this link so this kid can get a hit on his site? Savior of gaming? Give me an f'ing break.
ngg12345  +   2393d ago
I like superalitives
I bet you it iwll be lucky to sell 1 million total. It doesn't look very good tbh. And hate how there is fanboy propaganda that is making this out to be the greatest thing ever (like how the next ps3 exclusive is the next big thing).
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