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Spong: Natal: Hands-On and How it Works

Spong writes: "The joys of GamesCom are manifold: it doesn't take place in the most depressing city in the whole of Germany, you can get a flight straight to it, and there are hotel rooms available in cities less than an hour's drive away. And, more importantly, it occurs after E3 and isn't staffed by scary US PR gatekeepers who overtly laugh at your requests to book appointments if you don't happen to speak with an American accent. As a consequence, we finally got a chance to have a go on Microsoft's Project Natal."

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XBLGT B1GMACNFR1ES2488d ago

if microsoft can pull this of and get good partys onboard they will add a whole dimension to xbox 360. all it needs is a revalutionizing game. can they doit though? we will have to wait and see

JokesOnYou2488d ago (Edited 2488d ago )

"Well, if we were impressed before, we’re now blown away having had a play on it. Sorry. We tried to retain some cynicism, but Project Natal rendered that an impossibility." -Spong

-Every single "hands-on" impression I've read about Natal it always sounds like after folks play with it, they really do feel like theres something fresh and exciting about what Natal offers.

"Certain aspects of the system were very striking. Such as the fact that it requires less calibration than a Wiimote – none at all, in fact. We were in a group of six people all checking Natal out, with new people jumping in to have a go every few minutes, and never once did it miss a beat." -Spong

-I'm sure the Natal team has been constantly tweaking its responsiveness and accuracy, next demo's will no doubt show this.

"At the end of the demo, Microsoft showed a screen from the devkit which provided a brilliant visual illustration of how the system works, and explained why it doesn’t need any calibration. If Microsoft had shown that screen at the E3 press conference, everyone would instantly have suspended disbelief. Thus, when someone stands in front of it (it can also cope with people who are sitting), it thinks: “There’s a body in front of me: I’ll scan it and lock onto it”." -Spong

-Good info.

"The devkit screen showed the different live feeds of information that the system was generating, as well as what it was doing to them with some serious algorithmic programming – it has its own processor, so won’t place any extra load on the Xbox 360." -Spong

-It all sounds very interesting, just bring it and then all the "IF" questions can be answered.

JOY

Demon55002488d ago (Edited 2488d ago )

Natal will be cool

PandemicPrawn02488d ago

Add one more positive hands on article to the list.

God damn does ANY journalist have anything negative to say about Natal?

I just really wish Microsoft would show another tech Demo/game.