I am one of the many who thought Nintendo had a gimmick when they announced motion control for the Wii. I really didn't think it would work, but work it did, and Nintendo is once again, after a ten year absence the #1 kid on the block.
Nintendo invented the technology put into their motion controls, and while the technology was not 1-1 as we had hoped, the motion plus add on has made it much more so.
Sony and Microsoft naturally want a piece of this pie, who wouldn't? Nintendo has managed to capture the casual fan like no one else. The Wii is in Senior Citizen Homes for bowling! Good on Nintendo!
Sony has had very limited motion control games with the original Playstation Eye for the PS2, and the Sixaxis controller (which was very limited, but I enjoyed a few games that supported the tech). Sony has designed the Playstation Move, which will support full motion control, much like the Wii does. I need to say this again, SONY designed the tech for this.
There are many people who say Project Natal will be superior to the Wii and Playstation Move. We don't really know if this is true or not at this point, as the hardware and games will not be released until this fall. What I do know, is that as opposed to Nintendo and Sony, Microsoft did not invent the technology that is in Project Natal. Microsoft did what they usually do, and purchase the technology they want. Why make your own technology when you can simply buy someone elses?
Some of you may remember, in early 2009, Microsoft purchased 3DV Systems, an Israeli company that invented the motion technology that Microsoft wanted in their own motion control system. Hence, project Natal was born.
If you are fine with this, then no worries, but I would rather put my dollars and loyalty to the companies that used their own money and resources and built their own tech, rather than a giant who simply buys whatever they want.
Will Natal be better than Wii or Playstation Move? If it turns out yes, it won't be because of Microsoft, it will be because of a little Isaeli company that happened to be bought out.
Food for thought.