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E3: John Riccitiello Confirms EA Support of Project Natal and Sony's Motion Controller

IndustryGamers sat down with EA Chief Executive John Riccitiello during E3. "Riccitiello shared with us his reactions about E3, and when we asked him if he'd heard about Microsoft's and Sony's respective pushes into motion sensing controls, he responded "about 15 months ago." He then added, "I've been playing with them for a while now. We've got our own secret little laboratory on my floor of the [EA] building and we screw around with this stuff.""

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hatchimatchi3424d ago

awesome news, the wii could have been so awesome if it was 1:1 motion on launch day, but now the wii is forever flooded with mini game comps and i doubt the conduit or the other HVS games will change it.

As for the ps3, im sure it'll get it's share of mini game compilations but imagine a star wars game with 1:1 motion control in 720/1080p. How awesome would that be.

Syronicus3424d ago

You can bet that any new peripheral such as Sony's new motion tech will take off well. If the tech is supported, you will see a release and some good games come out for it.

IdleLeeSiuLung3424d ago

Is the Wii Motion Plus not 1:1 or close enough?

All I see is just another Wii clone.

thereapersson3424d ago

AFAIK, you can't track body movement with MotionPlus like you can with the EyeToy. The Playstation Wand + Eye Toy combo allow for full range motion with all aspects of the player's body.

heroicjanitor3424d ago

Am I expected to believe Nintendo when they say it works? Trick me once...

specialguest3424d ago

Give me a current-gen Point Blank. Back in the days, I just to play the original Point Blank a lot and challenge my brothers. Now that I'm a father with kids... Oh wait, I'm still single. nvm haha

thereapersson3424d ago

You can always pick up Time Crisis 4 for the PS3. There's a whole section of accuracy training mini games and other fun stuff.

All-33424d ago

From IGN:

Performance Designed Products (PDP) has come to GDC prepared to showcase the latest model of it's new creation, the GameTrak Freedom -- a motion controller for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Planned to be released on Microsoft's console this fall, and the PS3 (potentially) next year, the Freedom acts like current motion controllers on the market but adds a special feature. Through the use of accelerometers, the Freedom establishes the pitch, roll, and yaw of the controller but, unlike other motion devices, it can calculate the precise distance, orientation, and speed of the controller with the use of two side-mounted sensor bars.

http://gear.ign.com/article...

talltony3424d ago

For diiferent reasons. I want to play a hole in the wall game with Natal and I want to play a hardcore FPS with sony's Motion controller.

njr3424d ago

In terms of Natal vs Sony's Motion tech, I think Sony's wins simply because it has buttons. The Wii works just fine with it as well.

menoyou3424d ago

This controller is absolutely amazing. It is beyond the Wii motion plus which I don't think has the technology to do real 1 to 1 fighting. If you look at Red Steel 2 the sword swinging itself isn't 1 to 1 but Sony demonstrated it live on stage.

We are going to have amazing hardcore games once Sony's talented developers get their hands on this.

BattleAxe3424d ago

The tech demo of Sony's motion controller was amazing. I'm really interested to see what devs do with it.

FamilyGuy3424d ago

will never be the same. Remember the arrow shooting?
It looks far more tangible/coming soon than what M$ plus i was thinking slightly on the thought of "i'd rather be holding /something/" but it was nice, Very nice, none the less.

It IS a total wii rip/improvement though. Down to hold two things but being %100 1:1 makes it stand out and it's what wii SHOULD have been.

mfwahwah3424d ago

"All I see is just another Wii clone"

That's a pretty ignorant way to think. You know that Ferrari ripped off of somebody when they made their cars. And look how fancy pants those cars are with everybody wanting one and such.

And it's usually the copy cats that improve on existing technology. Like Edison improving the lightbulb.

rockleex3424d ago

PS Eye already tracks body motions. *Natal*
PS Motion controller allows 1:1 precision with buttons for added functionality. *Wii Motion+*

Best of both worlds. ^_^

Oh yea, did I mention? Eyepet, which was displayed last year already, allows you to create your own objects for the Pet to interact with! *Milo*

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skapunkmetalskater3424d ago

PS3 and Xbox 360 will make some serious motion control games... it's gonna be awesome!

hatchimatchi3424d ago

uh huh

i hope consoles never abandon controllers completely though.

Game13a13y3424d ago

i actually think the 360 Natal thing is a step into the wrong direction. imagine yourself waving in thin air without holding anything in your hands to play some hardcore FPS games or sword fighting games, it just feels kind of awkward.

beans3424d ago

The Natal can scan what ever you have in your hand.If you dont want to use your hand as a gun just use what ever object or gun around you for the game.

Morbid Bulldozer3424d ago

@Game13a13y: How about you grab a plastic sword or a wooden stick to wave around? Problem solved! But to see that you'd have to be a gamer, not a blind fanboy.

e-ray3424d ago (Edited 3424d ago )

Say you have a gun like object to scan... how do you trigger it in game? I don't want to have to scream "bang bang"

EDIT: no-spin, we're on the same page.

Milky Joe3424d ago

That's a good point. There's no way that thing would be able to track single finger movement. That's why you need buttons.

Morbid Bulldozer3424d ago (Edited 3424d ago )

@Above: How about using your finger as a trigger? Grab a toy pistol and fire away - since Natal recognises over 40 points on human body, I imagine the fingers are covered.

EDIT:
@Game13a13y: You don't have to scan anything to play. For simplicity, you can use a toy pistol for all types of guns. Still, I don't think anyone will play Call of Duty with motion controllers (be it Natal or PSDildo). Besides, how do you imitate different guns win twin dildos? Not awkward at all, huh?

Game13a13y3424d ago (Edited 3424d ago )

okaaayyy...fair enough...
so how about if i want to throw a grenade, do i have to scan a tennis ball as well?
or how about if i want to switch to a short gun and a rocket launcher and a AK-47 or a dessert eagle, do i have to scan each of their own too? hm....?

beans3424d ago (Edited 3424d ago )

You pull the trigger by moving your finger and reload it by popping in an imaginary clip. If the natal can scan things instantly then you better believe that it can see your finger moving back and forth. ALso the guy from MS was playing a race game using his foot as gas and breaks.

edit game: no you just carry one gun at a time (using the gun you scanned) and in the game you pick up the gun you want to use. You could of course scan a tennis ball, but you would have to pick up gernades also because the camera would know your 1st pick was just a tennis ball.

edit milky joe: If the camera can scan your paper andwhat you wrote like in milo that quick then I'm sure it can track your finger. This is revolutionary future stuff and until we get a chance to try it of course there will be doubts.
Oh and if you want to use a different sized gun then scan a small gun as well as secondary.

vhero3424d ago

Gimme a break the netal scans and monitors your fingers for trigger pulling?? I'm sorry but not even MS are stupid enough to think this will replace a controller for FPS games it is not designed for that people have really gotta remember what the hell this was designed for.. Sonys stick is in a similar boat it wont be the best solution for everything but it will be an alternative. Its all about choice really. To think you can honestly play an FPS using just netal and any toy gun?? hahahahaha ludicrous! However you could get a wireless gun addon for it which okay has a trigger and maybe a reload button but the aim would be tracked by camera like time crisis/eyetoy.

GVON3424d ago

"edit game: no you just carry one gun at a time (using the gun you scanned) and in the game you pick up the gun you want to use. You could of course scan a tennis ball, but you would have to pick up gernades also because the camera would know your 1st pick was just a tennis ball. Oh and if you want to use a different sized gun then scan a small gun as well as secondary."

I needs buttons dude ;) also it needs a proper walk system.I cant imagine playing COD online and moving.
Step forward to walk,head track turn,scanned guns,whilst prone in your bedrooms,lol.

I also think I know the game it will launch with,the name gives it away,reach by any chance?

boodybandit3424d ago (Edited 3424d ago )

the Sony motion controller seems more practical. I think Natal shows incredible potential but it will require additional attachments for most games.

beans3424d ago

"I needs buttons dude"

WHo said there won't be any buttons? They could easily sell a periphal with buttons if the developer feels it's the best way to experience the game. The point is that unlike sony or nintendo you can use scan anything in your hand and have the option not use anything and yourself. Also just because Sony says you need a trigger doesn't mean there right for everygame.

"also it needs a proper walk system"

Maybe the games that take advantage of this won't require you to walk, or maybe we should wait and see how it all works.

CydonianKnight073424d ago (Edited 3424d ago )

I'm sorry beans, but you are being seriously led down a very naive path if you honestly believe Natal can do all this wondrous scanning and differentiate what it is.

Here is a you tube clip relating to just how complex that is http://www.youtube.com/watc... and how far we are from that kind of AI.

For Natal to work in gaming it will have to be pre programmed to scan and recognize certain very basic shapes, which makes the whole scanning part pointless as you may as well just select from a menu what you want Natal to think you are holding. And again, im sorry, but it can’t scan your finger moving and relate that in to a game as you are pulling a trigger, if you saw the video you can see how serious the lag was in Claire splashing the water till the water actually moving, and that’s with over emphasized hand motions. You also make your own point moot by saying that Game companies can create a peripheral to work with their game? Like that will work because I would love to have loads of blocky pieces of plastic guns, skateboards, swords etc around my flat! Also, if game companies end up making all these peripherals then what makes it so different from what the Wii is currently doing? We are just so far away from the kind of technology that you think this thing can do that i kind of feel sorry for you!

And don’t get me started on Milo, how scripted and rehearsed was that entire segment, its bewildering to think that anyone is truly convinced the AI is that advanced. I will happily eat my hat, and any other persons head gear in my vicinity, if even in the next 5 years I stand in front of Milo and ask him if he dreams of electric sheep and I get a succinct and accurate response.

Dont just disagree, please tell me why you disagree.

beans3424d ago

"I will happily eat my hat, and any other persons head gear in my vicinity, if even in the next 5 years I stand in front of Milo and ask him if he dreams of electric sheep and I get a succinct and accurate response."

So by saying this your pretty much telling me that your not 100 percent sure if this is possible,real or not. Dude your talking out of your A-hole until we get a chance to try it 1st hand. I'm not saying this is a proven device or anything, but will say that I'm willing to find out. I hope this works so you can quit with your I feel sorry for you crap. Really I'm not sure were you snobby a holes come from, but until we try this is nothing more than talk.

GVON3424d ago (Edited 3424d ago )

"WHo said there won't be any buttons? They could easily sell a periphal with buttons if the developer feels it's the best way to experience the game."

Not really,you could just hold the 360 pad whilst playing.But Msoft clearly said "without holding a controller" So I was trying to envision playing a FPS without holding one,

CydonianKnight073424d ago (Edited 3424d ago )

You are the one scattered all over this comments sections answering people by saying "Once again all you need to do is scan an item or a toy steering wheel or whatever" or "The point is that unlike sony or nintendo you can use scan anything in your hand and have the option not use anything and yourself", I like this one too "You pull the trigger by moving your finger and reload it by popping in an imaginary clip. If the natal can scan things instantly then you better believe that it can see your finger moving back and forth". Who's the one talking out of their A hole??

So basically I can throw your above argument straight back at you. You havent played it or seen it working either so why are you going around telling people you can do all these things? I have not in my above post stated I know everything about the Natal sytem but I am being grounded and keeping it the realms of what is technically possible as of now! If I get proved wrong, I will be happy at that fact because then we are truly beyond the realms of science fiction. But I just simply believe Microsoft are doing their original trick of marketing something brilliantly but in reality, delivering something average.

beans3424d ago

1st off I've not said one at all that say's my theory is factual. I'm just throwing out what if's and thats it. Your sitting up here sayong what it can not do like you've played the freaking thing. Just because you think it doesn't work does not mean you are correct. Don't worry about my comments since you seems to think there naive. All we can do is wait and see what happens. Your no more right or wrong than I am. Oh and if someone wants to disagree with you then let them.

hamburgerhill3424d ago

I agree with with Beans and see no wrong in what he was saying. You however come across as an insecrure little fanboy or possible Sony rep. Your just angry that Natal lifted the bar and will go to the extreme just to try and downplay it. Seriously just hush up and quit trying.

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zootang3424d ago (Edited 3424d ago )

It's plain to see Sony's could be a huge leap in motion control. sub millimeter tracking!

Morbid Bulldozer3424d ago

I call BS on this one. PSEye doesn't have enough resolution for sub-milimeter anything. 640×480 pixels @ 60 Hz is simply not enough. Dude, it doesn't even scan EoJ cards 100% of the time (a slight misalignment or lighting change is enough to make it stop working).

raztad3424d ago

LOL

sub-milimeter is way too much dude!!!

Sony is amazing with electronics, I know they will be getting this motion tracking tech ready for consumption very soon.

Now, P-Eye is a very good product as it is right now. Look at the EyePet game. It looks fantastic and you can do real time "drawing" in a piece of virtual paper. It works very well.

nycredude3424d ago

I am guessing you didn't see the tech demo and you're just running your mouth. It was accurate as hell and way more accurate than the rushed Wiimote.

Sharingan_no_Kakashi3424d ago

I'm in college for game design and my first project is something I've been working on since i was 16. that motion controller would fit nicely considering my original design used 2 DS3's simultaneously :P ^^ lol.

skapunkmetalskater3424d ago

Yeah you totally need a controller for some games. I mean, motion control is still gonna be a novelty, but not so much of a gimmick like on Nintendo's Wii which is a case of 'crap game + motion control = money'

Game13a13y3424d ago

yep, and also driving games too. it really looks kind of dumb to grab an imaginery steering wheel from the look of the video.

beans3424d ago

Once again all you need to do is scan an item or a toy steering wheel or whatever.

PirateThom3424d ago

So, you'll be holding an item anyway?

Why is that better than Wii or Sony's system?

fear883424d ago

To have to keep running to my garage to get a new controller every time I want to play a different game with Natal. Awesome. And hey at least I'll get more exercise than on a Wii Fit. /sarcasm

SevWolf3424d ago

you do know if u scan anything and just hold it, then start moving the object left or right when you wanna steer, that would be the exact same thing as the sixaxis, I mean like in motorstorm in which you can drive holding the controller and tilting

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