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Hands-on: Project Natal impresses, brings us to our knees

Mark goes hands, feet and head-on with Project Natal- and comes away both excited and cautious about what Microsoft's wonder-device is capable of.

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SasanovaS19872315d ago ImmatureShowReplies(6)
noaddedsugar2315d ago

I didn't say the game (the Ricochet demo) was impressive, I said the underlying technology appears to be solid. And I've never been called an Xbox fanboy before, that's definitely a first!

Parapraxis2315d ago

I find the MS-pr methods with Natal very off-putting.
It doesn't seem like they have any desire to answer real questions people have.

inveni02314d ago

I agree. Their method creates a lot of questions just because you don't know if it's just smoke and mirrors, or if they're hiding something that's absolutely incredible. I honestly believe that they don't plan on setting a $149 price tag on Natal unless they're absolutely certain that it's worth every penny.

So, my prediction is this: Either the $149 is wrong, or there's a big secret behind how awesome Natal really is. Or, Natal is a flop, the $149 is true, and Microsoft is exiting the hardcore game market for good....

Personally, I hope that Natal works out for Microsoft. I'm a tech junkie, and it would be sweet to see something behave how they described it initially.

DelbertGrady2314d ago

Well, that's because they want people to be on their toes come E3. It's called building up momentum.

stevenhiggster2314d ago (Edited 2314d ago )

I am a bit of a PS3 fanboy but at this point in time I won't mock Natal, god knows I want to with what we've seen so far, but I'm sure MS must have something impressive up their sleeve. They wouldn't be having a big bash pre E3 if this was all it is capable of. Would they?
If however after E3 this is as good as it gets, then I will mock freely.

SCThor2314d ago

"Microsoft’s singular focus seems to be on developing a fully controller-free experience, but my previous belief that complex gameplay in traditional genres without a controller will prove to be a mammoth task for developers has only been reinforced by my play session with Natal."

nuff said.

dtalon32314d ago

@steven

too bad more people on this site are not like you...just blind bashing with no basis. growing quite tired of this site. I am in the same camp as you, I think they have been quiet because of this conference and don't want to lose hype or they have an ace up their sleeve. either way I will wait till E3 and if they still only show Ricochet (ball game) then yeah flame away.

until then sony fanboys need to shut up along with the M$ ones...there is literally no basis for either of your arguments since you have no Idea what is happening inside the companies...so wait it out 3 weeks and make all of our eyes feel less tired from reading your BS people.

TotalPS3Fanboy2314d ago (Edited 2314d ago )

My god...

Let's hope Microsoft doesn't do this at E3:

Microsoft: We know you guys are tired of the red ball game, which is why today, we're proud to show off a new game...
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THE GREEN BALL GAME!!!

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Redgehammer2315d ago

you posted something on N4G about the the 360 so automatically you are a 360 fanboy..crazy huh?

nnotdead2314d ago

coming from a PS3/PC gamer with no interest in a 360, yes that is pretty carzy. not to mention the article actually states some flaws he found with the limited time with Natal.

IdleLeeSiuLung2315d ago

"I was suitably impressed by the results, with the peripheral able to simulate just about everything I threw at it, including kneeling down, leaning my head forward, and waving my arms around manically- all at once. The things we do for science."

SCThor2314d ago

"Less impressive is the menu system which relies on players using their hand to direct an on-screen pointer. Although it does work, it’s a bit sluggish and frustrating and feels it could really do with a Wii Remote or PlayStation Move-style physical controller to act as a pixel-perfect pointing device"

Bathyj2315d ago

Oh, you must be new here.

That aside, you cant blame people for being skeptical. We are waiting to be convinced.

Red balls make me want to buy topical cream not console add on's.

And dont forget, thats what this is, an add-on, something that has traditionally failed, where's you could argue, Sonys is simply a different controller. And it can be implimented into current genres of games.

Thats what I'm waiting to see. I'm sure Natal can do games like Richochet and party/mini games.

Show me how it does a FPS or adventure game because I just dont get it at the moment, and I can't fathom why anyone would be excited when we've seen nothing after a year.

Add into that the rumours about $150 and 30% performance hit and its a definate worry.

PS
I dont suppose I can play Natal in my Lazyboy with my feet up can I? Thats kind of my standard gaming position.

niceguywii602315d ago (Edited 2315d ago )

You have to be anti Microsoft. Good to hear Natal's technology seems to impress people with its impressive leap in gaming.

I find it funny people are making fun of the tech demo showing off a little what Natal can do(Ricochet). Natal's lunch lineup is just weeks away at E3 where there are so many developers trying to get in on the action Microsoft had to delay many developers work until next year because there is too much and so little time.

These guys seem angry people are excited and impressed with Natal. You're getting a lashing as if you slammed thir mothers.

Microsoft keeping Natal secret so they can have an effective "World Premier" has haters angry they can't size Natal up giving them time to smear it before people can make up their own minds http://www.gametrailers.com...

99% of major developers are making games for Natal right now and most if not all major Japanese developers.

The opinions from people on a known PS3 fan site are not valid and are not more credible than the hands on feedback from people that have experienced Natal.

Christopher2315d ago (Edited 2314d ago )

People get the implications that you found the whole product 'impressive' considering the 'brings us to our knees' portion of your title. It's a dramatic addition that of course suits the crowd here at N4G and will get you a lot of hits.

As for your article, I see the good and bad was equivalently given (and notice that with typical fashion each side of the fence has 'chosen' to only cut and paste the portions here that fit their need). Thank you for at least being honest in that regard.

I'm not sure I agree with your assessment on a 'sub-controller' being made for use with Natal, though. I think that would only serve to prove that their product isn't appropriate for the different venues that would require one, such as hardcore gaming.

I'm interested to see what's at E3, but I'm extremely skeptical on the technology having seen attempts at it in the past and having seen nothing from Microsoft in the last year that supports what they're trying to do with regards to the non-casual gaming market.

Chubear2315d ago (Edited 2314d ago )

If the games for Project Natal are just too many and they're overloaded then how come they haven't let 2 or 3 of these games get "leaked" so they can release some pressure at E3? I don't know how so many games for Natal are around and NOTHING has gotten leaked.

I just want to see if that game where the girl was racing a HD looking game and she changed gears in mid air truly exists. If milo's voice recognition is truly that brilliant cause MS has never shown they've had that type of tech for voice recognition b4.

My feeling is, at E3, we are going to see nothing but "causal friendly games" like Ricochet and the elephant painting game.

If MS shows natal working an a high end action RPG or racer or platformer then for sure they'll show they've delivered but I just don't see any way for natal to be used for traditional gaming unless it's games like this

IcarusOne2314d ago

Don't know if it's really a game, but that was pretty cool.

I think Natal is going to initially be a let-down. Like the 360, like the PS3, it's not going to astound right out of the box. Developers will need time to discover the best ways of integrating the human body. I think completely removing the current controller config is a very bad idea as I've always believed Natal's greatest strength is the way it can augment rather than replace. But we'll see where it goes.

I think most of the buzz from last year (i.e. Milo) is kinda like the KZ2 target trailer. MS is showing the potential they believe the tech to have, not necessarily what we'll be playing just yet.

FOXDIE2314d ago

nice title! :D

The guy also said this though:
"Less impressive is the menu system which relies on players using their hand to direct an on-screen pointer. Although it does work, it’s a bit sluggish and frustrating and feels it could really do with a Wii Remote or PlayStation Move-style physical controller to act as a pixel-perfect pointing device. In fact, my prediction for E3 is that Microsoft will unveil such a device. Microsoft’s singular focus seems to be on developing a fully controller-free experience, but my previous belief that complex gameplay in traditional genres without a controller will prove to be a mammoth task for developers has only been reinforced by my play session with Natal."

Inside_out2314d ago

Natal has no competition in the gaming market place....it's a stand alone machine....Sony move is a glorified Wii...EVERYBODY know that...Computer...stream video for the uninformed...

El_Colombiano2314d ago

You don't REALLY believe anything in that video was real right? That was all their "vision" per say, but as of now there is absolutely no evidence Natal is capable of any of that.

Heisenberg2314d ago (Edited 2314d ago )

That's called novelty, what matters to me is when that novelty wears off, is it a fun and practical peripheral.

Edit: And Ricochet, manages to show us virtually nothing about how Natal will work in a real game, it's probably the worst example of how motion control can innovate gaming, why? Because Ricochet is not an example of a game anyone would otherwise want to play, and I'm not interested in simply paying for the novelty of motion control. At the end of the day, Natal has to be able to be applied to games we want to play, and it has to add something to the experience, enough to be worth the money. Until Microsoft can show me an example of Natal being applied in a real game setting, I have very little interest.

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NYC_Gamer2315d ago (Edited 2315d ago )

Wow...its same game from last year

shoddy2315d ago

so much that they can't show them all.

El_Colombiano2314d ago (Edited 2314d ago )

Sure I can understand not showing them all, but if there is such an abundance, why not show even one more than they already have?

Godmars2902315d ago

They're using the red-ball game as example again, aren't they?

E3 can't get here fast enough, just for that...

Parapraxis2315d ago

Yes, they are, and they had pre-prepared answers for the same old questions everybody asks.

sikbeta2314d ago (Edited 2314d ago )

You got to be kidding me, right? But How-TF the same Game from last year "bring them to their knees"? They must be tired or something -_-

O-T

Better wait for E3...

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