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Submitted by BIoodmask 1770d ago | article

Can Natal Win the Console War?

Think about it; if Microsoft were to really deliver on their promises for Natal and capture the imagination of their intended audience, Natal could very well become the golden goose of the videogame industry. (Xbox 360)

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Major_Tom  +   1770d ago
Two words, three syllables:

Haha, no. The Sony Arc has a really good chance though, basically becoming an HD version of the Wii where as Natal could potentially frustrate the user to the point where it actually hurts Microsoft.

Natal is an overshot promise, time and time again we've seen tech demos of it being used and being let down.

Where as the Arc/Gem has been tried, tested and true, delivering 1:1 motion capabilities with less input lag than the Wiimote and Natal.

Sure the tech may seem unimpressive but at least Sony knows it works 100% of the time, every time. Where as Natal well, let the video do the talking.

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GreenRingOfLife  +   1770d ago
Xbox 360 can't beat the Wii, no console can. But I think Natal will help secure 360's dominance above PS3
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captain-obvious  +   1770d ago
its a 50/50 chance
natal is cool but its just way to much of a promise

Sony on the other hand played it safe and simple and did what the wii did

still its a 50/50 chance to sony too
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LordMarius  +   1770d ago
haha the same video
+ bubbles
darthv72  +   1770d ago
only if....
they can showcase old people and soccer moms having fun with it. If not then it becomes as useful as the 32x.

PS...I already have the current live vision. Why can't MS just have made something like sony did that used the existing camera?

They just give a big middle finger to those who got the live vision. Funny thing though, it works for the PS3 as a standard webcam. LOL
randomwiz  +   1770d ago
Arc looks cool, but knowing Sony's past history, I think it'll be the same thing as Eyetoy. Sony won't push it to the extent that Microsoft is pushing natal.

Natal looks cool too, but we haven't seen anything about it(live demos) other than ricochet, so I'll hold with my opinion on that.

Personally, i'm not excited for any of the motion controllers.
TheLastLevel  +   1770d ago
lol @ vid
I like this one though.

http://www.youtube.com/watc...
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ape007  +   1770d ago
if ms pack it up in bundle
casual gamers will go crazy, it may help xbox brand in japan but in the end I hate casual games and I really don't understand how natal gonna work in my games

let's wait and see
Hisiru  +   1770d ago
@Major_Tom
*facepalm*
Cold 2000  +   1770d ago
If Natal is a success and MS manage to suck in the casuals then yeah, Sony might as well kiss this gen goodbye.
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we won  +   1770d ago
Replacing Wii's in Hospitals, retirement homes & in family environments
Natal will make Wii adoption and popularity seem like warm-ups. The casual masses/casual bulk will see Natal as the next-generation Wii tech/console.

Every kid on the planet will want one and every casual will be excited for one. Hardcore gamers will buy it for hands free MIC/Headset alone.

MSFT will have trouble keeping 360s in stalk at retail this holiday. Families will be fighting over them at retail.

This is why so many developers support Natal and why Natal attracts so many haters.

I'm more interested in what the Japanese developers do with it because it sounds like they're going to poor their hearts and souls into the tech. This is why Sony delayed their wand because they're going to try and feed off some of Natal's hype, hoping to steal some of it's thunder by making PS3 wand appear on the same plain and a on par alternative choice. Consumers will know the difference and in the future it will be only Wii vs 360.
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Bigpappy  +   1770d ago
It is easier for M$ to sell Natal to Wii users than Sony to sell the wand.
The mechanics of the wand are the same as that of the Wiimote. Natal is completely different. The no controller option is major for M$. The concept is fascinating to most people that see it. I want to reserve mine as soon as it is possible to do so, because I know M$ will not be able to stock enough for the holidays and I will be showing off my Natal to all comers this holiday season. I'll be flipping through my Dash with nothing but a flick of the wrist. Can't F'ing wait.
Saaking  +   1770d ago
No, the Wii is already too far ahead.
captain-obvious  +   1770d ago
@ cold
actually thats good for sony
they'll have more hardcore gamers to take care off
Cold 2000  +   1770d ago
Captain
Yeah but then Sony will make the PS4 a SuperWii.

jk.

(but that could actually turn out true)
qface64  +   1770d ago
why did saaking get all those disagrees? what he said is true though
the wii is already too far ahead of the the rest?
darthv72  +   1770d ago
take it one step further
I feel they should beyond the current level of motion control. I would like to see some type of force feedback oversuit to give reactionary response to when you miss a ball in that dodgeball type of demo.

I know it sounds corny but force feedback was just one step towards interactive gaming. Motion is another. Combine the two and you are getting closer to really feeling like you are in the game.

Funny thing is sony could do this sooner than ms. Taking the arc idea and making it into a pair of gloves or arm sleeves that would provide stimulation accordingly. I know some may think next gen power glove but why would it be bad to wear a pair of gloves that may resemble training gloves. You could then have a more realistic approach to boxing game or hand ball or .....?

I think it will happen. Just not today.
Serjikal_Strike  +   1770d ago
making 1000 more exercise motion games
has no chance of winning any console war IMO
Neo604  +   1770d ago
does this make you wanna buy Natal?
http://www.youtube.com/watc...
darkride66  +   1770d ago
I'm not quite sure who Microsoft thinks is going to buy this product.
First off, when you make an add on, you have to have a target for the add on.

Because it's an add on, that means it's targeted first and foremost at existing 360 owners. In order to use Natal, you need a 360. Now, game sales tell us that existing 360 owners love Gears of War, Halo, Call of Duty, Mass Effect 2, etc. They don't need Natal for any of those and they aren't lining up to buy the party games Natal caters to. So cross out existing 360 owners. They won't buy this.

Ok. What about the casuals? They can try to sell Natal with a 360 to the casuals. Now the problem there is look at what the casuals are buying.

Strike one. One word. Mario. Casuals are gobbling up everything Mario related. Microsoft doesn't have a single franchise that can draw in the casuals like Mario does.

Strike two - price. Why the hell would someone pay more for a 360 and Natal then they can grab a Wii off the shelf and hey! There's a Mario game right beside it! I love Mario!

Strike three - what the hell's a Natal? Casuals don't know what Natal is. They don't read online game sites. They don't buy magazines. They may have heard of an Xbox but they probably think Master Chef and Halo is some religious cooking show. I asked a friend who bought a Wii for Christmas why he bought Wii instead of a 360 or PS3. He looked at me and said "All my wife's friends have a Wii. Everyone in her office has a Wii. It's what she wanted." Microsoft is too late to the game to combat the word of mouth that Nintendo has going for it at the moment. It's that simple. Slapping Natal on a 360 and having us write love notes to Milo won't even make the casuals glance curiously at the 360 on their way to buy a Wii.

So who exactly does Microsoft think they can sell Natal to?
4pocalyps3  +   1770d ago
@darkride
i agree with you man. to be honest the wii has won this gen in terms of motion controls. i don't know what natal will do as a software product now that they've removed the cpu. If it was an entirely new console and advertised it as one, then yeah it would sell well, just like the wii has.
eagle21  +   1770d ago
The Wii and PS3 will sell more than 360 this gen. I don't care about delusional people. Who is really that excited about natal? Really? :)
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paradigmfellow  +   1770d ago
I am not excited for either
With both I feel that there will be a huge crowd for the natal and arc and then people will see how much a disapointment both of them are. The Wii crowd will not convert as they will see how much more money that have to put in to get it considering they spent a fortune already on the Wii. Both will stay in the end but hardcore gamming will still be the basis for either console as you can't produce a Final Fantasy with motion and expect not to get tired and fustrasted as it progresses.
commodore64  +   1769d ago
Can Natal win the console war?

Well, it probably won't beat the wii, but it sure as heck has a fabulous chance of keeping the ps3 in third place.

Let's face it, the ps3 is a hardcore gamer platform, as is the 360.

Both MS and Sony have had to acknowledge that the 'casual' market of the wii is, as yet, relatively untapped and lucrative.

Thus, for both Sony and MS, the battle is on for the casual market.
Going by what I have seen of Natal and arc, the 360 is extremely well positioned to capture the majority of the casual market-share that is available to them both.

Let's face it. The ps3 has no more price cuts, no more slim skus.
It has only got 2010 exclusives and the 'arc'.
PS3 exclusives look awesome and will surely sell some ps3 skus.
However, they will not address the casual market - for that they need the arc.

Realistically, however, the arc could, at best, be described as a wii-mote copy.
I ask myself, why would the casual market buy a ps3-arc, when said casual market already has a wii-mote?
It really is nonsensical and makes the 'arc' seem like a lazy afterthought.

The 360 on the other hand, is about to release Natal - an undeniably innovative new feature that looks to make the 360 hardware very fun and accessible to a new casual market.
By all reputable accounts, Natal will improve the casual experience in a new and unique way - an essential requirement for any noteworthy and successful product.

What's more, the Natal is being launched with the full support of a major MS hardware launch.
This means that MS will go out of their way to make sure that the casuals know about it.
In light of all the above, my money is on Natal. No brainer.

Even the ps3 fanboys can't help but talk about it all the time.
I wonder if they realise that everytime they diss Natal, they are drawing the casual user's attention to it, which can only increase Natal's notoriety and viral meme?
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RememberThe357  +   1770d ago
It is entirely possible
I'm not sure that it will, but I think that it will be harder for Microsoft to capture the audience that Nintendo has, since the Xbox 360 has an image of being the console for teens an college students. I think it's defiantly has a possibility though.
Omega4  +   1770d ago
It could, by making potential Wii owners get a 360 instead and cause Wii sales to decrease.

It marketed right MS could win the generation but it should certainly come in a solid 2nd place.
paradigmfellow  +   1770d ago
It wont
because guess what, all Nintendo has to do is drop the price and say "Hey it is now even cheaper to get a Wii!" and people will go crazy
MetalGearBear  +   1770d ago
umm no?
Natal has laggy. that all. :)
Major_Tom  +   1770d ago
Lol silly bots and their monkey jumping antics
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Wii360BeatsPS3  +   1770d ago
You people are sheep and slaves. Once upon a time you laughed at motion controls, you said they were **** and for casuals. Now you have them infiltrating your beloved PS3 and 360 and you surrender your gaming heritage to welcome these lame waggle devices with open arms. You are sell outs to real gamers and sheep and slaves of your puppet masters Sony and MS. Use your own mind for once it's sickening to watch the dumbing down of a generation of gamers into zombie sheep in a trance who just accept anything and everything as long as it's exclusive on their little video game console. You're getting played like a violin b*tches
Megaton  +   1770d ago
100% agree.
Mr_Showtime1  +   1770d ago
Hmm
If people are interested in seeing what is on the bottom of their avatar's shoe, then its got a good chance.
unchartedgoty  +   1770d ago
ok when you people say dominance thats what pisses me off, if you perfer the 360 who cares? dont go throwing it out there.
i dont care if the 360 (200 dollars) sells more than ps3, but when you act like the hardware is better and software because of sales then i get aggrevated, please stop refering the word DOMINANCE. be a gamer, not a hater. ON TOPIC. I THINK THEY WILL BOTH DO WELL, in my personal opinion, i will use the ark. oh and a little extra.....the ps3 has been outselling the 360 percentage wise for a while now, see sales dont matter its the games. thx.
Atelierrorona9  +   1770d ago
wtf man?
how is this stupid piece of garbage gonna win the console wars when nintendo is ripping ms apart by a huge mergin forget it its game over ms not even sony will catch nintendo Natal is just toy that lets you swing your arms around like a idiot..
Ronster316  +   1770d ago
Just don't go too softcore on me Microsoft.
Keep the majority of your games hardcore.

As for end of gen positions, they are already set in stone.

1. Nintendo

2. Microsoft

3. Sony
GameOn  +   1770d ago
The only thing set in stone is Splinter Cell: Convictions release date.
cgoodno  +   1770d ago
If everyone says yes, can we stop with the stupid console wars articles and declaring which one is the winner?
Honestly, who gives a rats arse on who wins other than Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony? Wouldn't you rather no one ever win so they keep competing eagerly for our interest with newer and better games and hardware?
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Dance  +   1770d ago
There is no console war
GeoramA  +   1770d ago
I doubt it.
360 isn't winning crap with the EyeToy 1.5
dtrain21  +   1770d ago
360 is winning aleady against Sony and will demolish them with Natal...mark my words droids. Sony better come up a with a PS4 or another price cuts
Conando  +   1770d ago
I didn't know that the EyeToy could do trillions of calculations in three dimensions, thirty times a second.
hybridtheory12  +   1770d ago
no one mentioned the ps3 dtrain. take your fanboyism somewhere else. and like the last console "war" there wont be a winner. and sony never gives up on their console, see the PS2? still strong for a console at 11 years. there will be no winner at all. who won the 6th gen console war? no one they all were good. just like this generation.
Dance  +   1770d ago
Natal will help MS move more systems
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GeoramA  +   1770d ago
MS isn't winning jack**** this generation
Nintendo won the console war, Sony won the format war.

MS is banking their hopes on Natal?

Can you say 0-3?
MetalProxy  +   1770d ago
eerrr
Sorry but Natal will be to little to late. Ask anybody that isnt on the internet. I did ask a few people that are gamers and they thought it was a VD, lol.
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xg-ei8ht  +   1770d ago
pseye can be used as a normal webcam if you hook it up to your pc, the same way the ps3 controller can as well.

Free software for hooking up ps3controller to pc.

http://www.motioninjoy.com/...

Works perfectly with rumble.

Just follow readme.
emk2004  +   1770d ago
why do people keep hyping this
i realy doubt hardcore gamers are gona be satisfied with this. in all honesty everything they showed so far was stupid just like wii shovelware.
Atelierrorona9  +   1770d ago
the xbox 360 isn't winning anything
with Natal the only thing Natal will have is people swing there arms and playing halo with there hands if they can lmfao and another thing the xbox is not beating the ps3 worldwide-end of story..
cervantes99  +   1770d ago
If Microsoft "wins" does my PS3 just stop working? Or, if PS3 "wins" does my 360 stop working?

I didn't think so. Silly little fanboys that are just bitter because they cannot afford both systems.
Aphe  +   1770d ago
They won't win it, but they might be second. They probably won't be third though.
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hybridtheory12  +   1770d ago
Natal will fail, sonys arc will fail and the best motion sensing console is the wii, nothing will change that. motion controllers are pointless and natal is basically eyetoy and the arc is basically a wiimote. its a huge chain of stealing ideas and nintendo has the original idea. therefore its the best motion sensing console

EDIT: i didnt say the best console is the wii, just for motion sensing.
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UltraBlu  +   1770d ago
"console war"
You kids are too much WHO CARES just enjoy the great games we have this gen on whatever system you have!

On natal:
im sure it will be awesome for those that it appeals to but ill stick with my dualshock for now, same goes for the sony wand or whatever the f*** its called its cool but not for me.
Atelierrorona9  +   1770d ago
sony and ms needs to drop them..
at least someones smart and i agree ms needs to get rid of the overhyped Natal s*** and sony needs to get rid of the arc and stick with the duel shock3 nintendo is already the champion of motion sensers and no idiot will ever change that now xbots go play halo with you're fat controllers..
Supraman21  +   1770d ago
No. Motion control is stupid as hell. A controller with buttons is always better than no controller or something you just point. Neither Arc or Natal will be a big success. Yea both will move a few consoles but thats it. Natal is just a version of the PS eye http://www.youtube.com/watc... and Arc is just a wii remote with better accuracy. Both suck in my opinion. Ohh and look at all the disagrees with the people saying it wont. You MS fangirls are just like Apple fanboys. You think anything MS comes out with is revolutionary and nothing competes with it when infact the hardware is actually inferior and nothing that comes out of it ( Natal is revolutionary or created by MS) Get off MS's deak. Both Arc and Natal suck. Down with motion control
Akagi  +   1770d ago
No, seriously.

No.
CliffyB  +   1770d ago
More Media Attention
as the hype continues to build for the revolution that is Microsofts Project Natal, Sonys "arc" just can't get any attention. Oh, how the once mighty japanese Giant has so spectacularly fallen on it's face. First, the disastrous launch of an over-priced PS3 console desperately lacking in software that to this day is still in last place, and losing money. second the humiliating PSPgo that has been brutalized by the Nintendo DS, and finally this fall it's greatest failure yet: the launch of the Playstation Dildo Wand. Face it guys
Sony will never recover.
MajesticBeast  +   1770d ago
You act like a bigger moron then the real cliffyB if thats even possible.
ZombieStalker  +   1770d ago
The Arc and Natal are destined to fail. Sony and MS are trying to ride the coat tails of Nintendo and in the process will fall flat on their faces. Why would someone buy another console just for some weird controller? Not gonna happen. Hardcore games just aren't candidates for these type of controllers. Look at the quality and accuracy of some of the FPS games for Nintendo. Horrible controls. All the more hardcore games on the Wii have failed. Almost all developers for the Wii are focusing on the casual gamer, which is the only real candidate for these types of controller. Another similar failure, webcams. Look at the 360 and PS3 webcams....failures.

Cut you loses MS and Sony and let the Wii dominate the motion controller market.
RELAX  +   1770d ago
the man is right
cervantes99 you say somthing real
Atelierrorona9  +   1770d ago
fallen?
for your infomation sony is doing just fine in the long run i think the only console that needs to worry is that plastic piece of crap that gets the RROD i agree with you about the pspgo but i do not agree with you about the ps3 please go get your facts right..
thebudgetgamer  +   1770d ago
i honestly couldn't care less about project natal or the stupid console war,
you give a good old fashion controller with two analog sticks and im happy.
chriski333  +   1770d ago
no
we dont need a wii 360 we need a new xbox that doesn't have a 53% fail rate fix the hardware first then move onto add-ons
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