Submitted by sid4gamerfreak 2008d ago | preview

Project Natal: first impressions

Microsoft's next-generation gaming experience didn't impress me by what it did but more for what it will be able to do. The possibiliites will be limitless.

There has been so much buzz around Microsoft Project Natal for the Xbox 360; a piece of kit that essentially turns an already impressive games console into a whole new gaming and entertainment experience by adding an advanced camera that captures your entire body and translates the movements into an on-screen avatar. (Project Natal, Xbox 360)

Stuart5756  +   2009d ago
I'll give Natal a go, I really hope it is good, just hope they have more to show at E3 not more Ricochet!
Al Bundy  +   2009d ago
You're willing to pay $150 to play kickball?
tatotiburon  +   2008d ago
and kickball is the only game that natal will have right?
-MD-  +   2008d ago
He seems to think it's launching with one game so let's just let him be.
Double Toasted  +   2008d ago
All that, plus its a mic. Thats one thing I like about the PSEye, I don't have to put it on my ear...
darthv72  +   2008d ago
There is potential in non gaming related tasks for this device. You can't say the same about the wii-mote and quite possibly the move.

Although, who are we kidding. we are gamers so this potential means squat to us. We want games and only games that can be played no other way as a means to justify the purchase.

I am optimistic and really look forward to the use of the system to navigate the NXE as well as the casual games here and there. Hardcore gamers are the ones not so forgiving MS...you better pay attention.
D4RkNIKON  +   2008d ago
"There is potential in non gaming related tasks for this device."

Too bad you can't say the same about gaming related tasks, with no buttons it really limits the device.
The Maxx  +   2008d ago

I guess for those games that NEED buttons won't be a NATAL game. I guess NATAL will just have to focus on ALL THOSE other possibilities gamers can experience that won't necessitate a button.

There, Problem solved. Not sure why such an easy solution is so hard for you to understand.
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Patrick  +   2008d ago
The Maxx
Yeah but problem is most Hardcore games are those games that NEED buttons and your right, those HARDCORE games won't be NATAL games. So, I guess NATAL will just have to focus on ALL THOSE other EXTREMELY CASUAL possibilities CASUAL gamers can experience that won't necessitate a button.

There, Problem solved. Not sure why such an easy problem is so hard for you to understand.

What they have shown so far practically shouts out CASUAL, and MS has not shown ONE thing to prove otherwise. Thats the problem gamers are having with it. Sony at least is showing they can do and will do both.
KingME  +   2008d ago
Here we go again
The so-called HARDCORE gamer BS again.


1. Do you games for a living?
2. Are you getting paid to game (beside getting 2 buck for beating your lame a$$ friend in madden.)

1. Do you not have a social life outside of XBL or PSN?
2. Do you ONLY play games in your spare time?
3. Do you not have a job because all you do is play video games.

If you can't answer yes to at least one of the above questions, the STFU, you are NOT a HARDCORE gamer.

If you don't want to play with MOVE, Natal, or WiiMotes, the fine don't buy it. In the end, no one but you will be missing out, and no one beside you will give a damn.

Just, by all mean shut up about already.
Patrick  +   2007d ago
Actually Kingme
I never mentioned hardcore gamers and only mention casuals as those that just pick up and play every so often but dont strive to truly beat a game or get better at a game with more and more skill.

I believe that if you will indeed read and actually comprehend what I was saying, you will see I was talking about the differences in CASUAL games(those games that require no skill, no actual time playing and learning to get better, not to mention most of the time with a casual game, button mashing can get a novice gamer a win over a veteran gamer) and HARDCORE games. (pretty much the exact opposite, Games that require you to put in time to get better and better, they require trial and error to become a better player, usually with these games button mashing will not help)

So uh.. get over yourself.
Bigpappy  +   2008d ago
What I take a way from this preview
This guy is ready to buy Natal based on his preview with Ricochet. Yea. The same game everyone and their Momy have seen 1000 time.

The kids are loving the crap out of it.

I don't know what their will show at E3, but based on the reports form people who had hands on with this thing and developers, M$ may be looking a the Golden goose (Natal). I wish they had kept the name.

Can they move E3 to June 1st?
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Joni-Ice  +   2008d ago
Just keep an open mind people.
Im pretty sure Natal and Move will have some great advantages. Stay open minded come E3.
EasilyTheBest  +   2008d ago
Cant Wait
I will buy it at $150 as long as theres a few really good games.
Im hoping they will have a Gears type game where you use the original controller like normal but you can peep around corners just by leaning and perhaps throw grenades by an over arm move.
I really think MS will have a few things at E3 that are going to really WOW everyone. Something like Milo did last year. The bit where you draw something and you can hand it to the onscreen character. Just something like this something we cant even imagine and expect.
Im no expert but I can think of some really amazing games Natal could do. Yes there will be plenty of party type games but some hardcore games where Natal is used occationally could be amazing.

A few more weeks and we will all know.
hennessey86  +   2008d ago
i believe the reason gears isnt releasing till 2011 is so they can implement natal controls into the game it makes perfect sense for gears to be the first hardcore title to feature natal controls its going to be amazing i cant wait
Bigpappy  +   2008d ago
Great observation
It may not be based on fact, but it does make sense. This could also be applied to Gost Recon. Ubi already said that game will support Natal. It seems base on the tweet by Burnout developer, that M$ had some kind of recent showing to developers. They could have been new developements that people want to add to their games. It seeem that N$ is really spending the $ to try and get the best they can out of this tech. They are really, if nothing else, commited to this Natal device.

The 2 weeks do seem long when you try and guess what they have up their sleeves.
The Maxx  +   2008d ago
I completely agree. At $150, I will be buying it day 1. I was willing to buy it at $200. If it's true and is bundled with a 360 for $300, then I will be getting that bundle.
PAPERCHASER0396  +   2008d ago
So you are saying
You honestly tell people if natal is bundled with an arcade 360 for 300.00 dollars that will be a good reason u will buy it? Realistically what are the chances of this if the cost of the camera by itself is true. So you see them giving you......

Arcade..... 150.00
camera..... 150.00
memory card. Free
games.... Free

We'll see
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webeblazing  +   2008d ago
if u have 2 use a controller what the point of it. and throwing nades and voice commands has been done and defeats the purpose of natal. thats the point everybody been saying. ms said it was gonna be able scan ur body in 3d and be a controller-less experience. if they do what u said they could use for games like that their old cam can do that its been done b4 . they haven't shown anything since they announced it. i hope they show something hott at e3 and not just a eyetoy cause it was corny then and its corny now. even if it is the media wont care and try 2 convince the masses like usual. you gonna pay over a 150 for stuff they could did with they 1st cam, your definitely ms customers they know their market.
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The real killer  +   2008d ago
I'm som sorry to say this, but Natal will be the biggest fail in history.
Jezus, who wants play with yourself?
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The Maxx  +   2008d ago
Play by myself? Wow you are either really out of the loop or really poor at trolling. Natal can distinguish 8 different people at once. Also the Ball game shows 2 people playing at once...so again...how is that playing with yourself?

Please elaborate.
Motion  +   2008d ago
one or two people! I can't wait to play the ball game! its the best evah!!!!!!!!

Patrick  +   2008d ago
The Maxx
Can you provide a link saying it supports 8 and not 4.. cause all I see is 4. Just curious... I dont think its 8. You would have to have a Huge living room just for 4.
Tony-A  +   2008d ago
Natal supports four players, Einstein....
crapgamer  +   2008d ago
The non gaming aspects are something that really interests me.Controlling media, volume, tracks etc.. via Natal are impressive and give it an edge over the competition. Also, even if it's $150 and the Move is $99, you'd need more then one controller for Move to be able to play with friends in the same house, not so with Natal, so Move could potentially cost twice as much as Natal.
Nice article and I know Microsoft is loving the buildup and hype leading up to E3. Everyone is talking about Microsoft and Natal!
blusoops  +   2008d ago
Move bundle for $99 will include a game, the camera, and the move controller. If u want a second gamer you'll only need an additional move controller which they haven't specified a price for yet but I can't see it being more than $40.

Still the Move could be more expensive depending on the number of players but for most, a two player experience is the norm. If I want a move party my friends can bring their own move controllers, like how we do with the wii. Lol.
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dorkyfresh11  +   2008d ago
I like how most of these articles that will admit that Natal is pretty much useless for games end up saying "but it has a lot of POTENTIAL" or "it has a lot of POSSIBILITIES" as if they know Natal sucks but they HAVE to say something positive about the peripheral. It's like saying that the girl you're talking to sucks but it has a lot of POTENTIAL and POSSIBILITIES to not suck.

Sorry Natal...we're just not into you.
Bigpappy  +   2008d ago
Keep reading them
There must be at least one journalist who thinks it sucks. Just one should do the trick. You guys will finally have a since of validity to your prediction of failure. Just one. Jussst one. LOL
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Godmars290  +   2008d ago
How many more of these "First Look" are there going to be?
Sure its proabbly true, but that was a freakin year ago!
niceguywii60  +   2008d ago
What's the matter? Can't stand it? Stop trolling then. You hunt for Natal articles trying to find something to bash and you keep getting upset when there is nothing you can bash? lol
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betrayed gamer  +   2008d ago
ok i dont see natal in the main core play of hardcore gaming but i see it implemented in side parts in games. like hacking in mass effect 3 or squad command in ghost recon or in a rts game who knows. we need to wait and see what happens
Cajun Chicken  +   2008d ago
Games people, Games.
hennessey86  +   2008d ago
open your minds
microsoft has stated natal isnt being made to replace the controler its going to add to the experience just imagine playin gears e coming up to a mounted gun and controling it with natal or in a football game natal could be used for free kicks penalty shootouts theres so much that can be done using natal new genres could be created if milo is anything to go buy but also yes u can have loads of party games for kids aswell microsoft is a buisness so they want a piece of nintendos pie. And also golf games definitly have more potential with natal. Snooker basketball oh my god theres too much to write i just cant wait till all these haters have egg on there faces .
webeblazing  +   2008d ago

that was at ces 10, listen to what he says. its not gonna replace controllers its different experience completely. games the suppose to be played on natal and playing halo reach is two different things he even says they making a controller-less experience that target people that maybe intimidated by controllers. how come yall focus and come at nin, sony, and pc devs for things thats mostly tooken out of context, but when ms put stuff right in front of you even if its a warning ur gonna get raped, lied to, or doing the same biz tactics they aways do yall ignore it. no wonder gaming going down yall dont stick together and defined yall self worrying about these companies and journalists that be having yall dancing without beat.

also i hope they deliver, just got my doubts cuz ms seem like they dont give a $h!t about the gaming industry
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gumgum99  +   2008d ago
So in short, the journalist doesn't like what he sees, but likes what he could possibly see???

There is a word for that... http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...
Motion  +   2008d ago
Awesome. I honestly lol'd.
stuna1  +   2008d ago
I would like for the wave & the move both to succeed!
@ Crapgamer you my friend really need some counselling! Your tag name really need to be changed to ”Angrygamer”. I can understand people not being in love with the competition, but you take it to a whole new level and just spew hate at anything sony related! This is just about pieces of plastic & computer chips, not a living breathing entity. What happened? The split between you and sony was too much to bare?! You sound like a jilted lover. I guess what they say is true, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned"! What I'm trying to say is get a damn life!!!!!
OT: This for sure will best E3 for all parties involved and, I for one expect great things from the move and, wave alike.
dizzleK  +   2008d ago
i legitimately feel sorry for people who can't see failure written all over this. i've been gaming for almost 25 years, i've seen it all and i've heard it all. this will be an absolute bomb and it's blindingly obvious.

will move fare better? no. but keep in mind the insanely controlled environments this thing has been shown in. question all the secrecy. if this were truly good you don't think ms would be screaming from the rooftops and showing it to everyone who will look? this is probably the most smoke & mirrors i've ever seen a product receive and you seriously have to ask why that is.
ndibu  +   2008d ago
Minority Report confirmed? SWEET!! If you can't get excited about being able to navigate the x360 via hand gestures and using force push by waving your hand in games like Mass Effect, Fable or Force Unleashed then you my friend do not own an xbox and are just jealous, plain and simple.
You can mock the red ball game all you want, insult natal by comparing it to the eyetoy and even ridicule the rumoured price and get your sdf buddies to agree with you until you're blue in the face, but bottomline is Natal WILL launch with a great library of gameS, Natal WILL be useable with a controller for most hardcore games like Ghost Recon, Fable and Mass Effect and Natal WILL continue to impress the journalists that get to play it.
*sigh*. . .man I hate you guys, I truly do.
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munish23  +   2008d ago
A lot of the previews seem to have positive comments about Natal, maybe it will live up to the hype it created, I'm hopeful. If it impresses me enough at E3, I might be okay with putting down $149 (rumored price) for it. I won't have to buy any extra controllers or anything, and it'll bring something new for the family to enjoy. Just a couple weeks left.

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