Microsoft confirms motion-camera firm buyout

In February, reports out of Israel and Silicon Valley indicated that Microsoft had purchased the Israeli startup 3DV Systems to acquire its Z-Cam motion-sensing technology. However, Microsoft has steadfastly refused to comment on any such deal. It also has remained mum on whether or not the highly responsive Z-Cam (pictured top) is related to Project Natal (pictured bottom), an eerily similar--and, at times, just eerie (see below)--motion-sensing camera peripheral unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

That has apparently changed this week, according to an article in the Israeli business daily Globes. The newspaper's online edition reports that Moshe Lichtman, Microsoft corporate vice president and head of the software giant's Israeli research and development center--its third biggest in the world--has confirmed the sale. He did so in a Monday speech designed to bolster morale at the center, which apparently laid off 50 employees in January as part of Microsoft's massive worldwide staff cuts.

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KingKionic 5362d ago (Edited 5362d ago )

Yeah... I wonder...

If it`s coming out next year.

GiantEnemyCrab5362d ago

I'm expecting it Fall of 2010. So still a ways off but they have to get the tech polished up and need to get some games finished for it.

It's just a shame we have to deal with rumors and speculation for at least another year..

KingKionic 5362d ago


I bet Microsoft fueling the rumours..

The irony ...lol

RememberThe3575362d ago

He could not have put that better.

Lifendz5362d ago

when you can buy it? Why have an in-house studio create a new and fresh IP when you can buy timed exclusivity or exclusive DLC on an existing IP? Why charge a reasonable price for a HDD when you can charge whatever amount you want since the consumer has no choice? Why not charge people an annual fee to play games online?

We love you MS!

Willio5361d ago

Thats innovation 101 for us.

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Elven65362d ago

Nothing new, a good deal for the company being bought. Why? They have the capital for those 14 products they are working on and the odds of their motion tech selling are even better now that it has a recognized brand name behind it.

KingKionic 5362d ago

But what are the 14 products...mp3? tv?

I wonder...hmm.

Elven65362d ago

Why the disagree? They teach you this in Business 101, a product with a brand name behind it is likely to sell better then something with a upstart name behind it.

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Godmars2905362d ago

That they developed entirely in-house?


GiantEnemyCrab5362d ago

They wouldn't be talking about the software would they?

I mean it's not like MS isn't a software developer?


Go back to your commander at SDF HQ and tell him the battle didn't go so well.

Elven65362d ago

According to 1UP I believe, roughly 1/3 of the tech was built in house and then combined with this 3DV stuff.

Igniter5362d ago

I don't think they bought 3DV for the tech, they bought them for the patents. MS will probably buy http://www.mgestyk.com/ next for thier patents!

Qui-Gon Jim5361d ago

I think your right. I think MS bought this company in order to shut out the competition from having access to this tech.
The video in the link below shows that Sony had been looking at this company's technology five years ago.

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Clean £300 off the LG C3 OLED TV when you bundle it with an Xbox Series X

The LG C3 OLED TV is one of the best gaming TVs on the market right now and it pairs wonderfully well with the Xbox Series X.

jznrpg3h ago

Should be 300$ off and a free Xbox

andy853h ago

What sort of nonsense is this. It's £1268. You can buy the TV for around £800 elsewhere. Wheres the £300 saving...It's costing you about £450 to add on an Xbox that you can buy separately for under £400.

KyRo3h ago(Edited 3h ago)

Where in Britain are you finding the C3 for £800? Even the smaller 42" is £900. A 48" A2 from over a year ago, not sporting the refresh rate or specs of the C or G series is only just retailing under £800 in all the main retailers.

As someone who sells TVs for a living, the 55" C3 often floats around £1099-£1299.

andy853h ago

It's the 48 inch this deal not the 55. Also, the 55 can be had for under £1000 currently. And the 42 inch is under £750, if you do sell TVs for a living you must make a decent profit at those prices 😂

gpimlott1h ago(Edited 1h ago)

what a crappy deal!


Bully: Scholarship Edition - Desperately in Need of a Sequel

Bully: Scholarship Edition was an Xbox 360 & Wii re-release of the PS2 classic. Still playable on modern consoles, it'll make you long for a sequel.

TheBrainZ5h ago

A sequel? More likely a remake as is the current trend? No point, everyone wants GTA VI.

kevco334h ago

It's a shame that basically all of Rockstar's catalogue apart from GTA and Red Dead is now, well, dead.

Redgrave2h ago

The R☆ of today is extremely unlikely to put out any project that isn't GTA because of the gaming climate and because GTA is stupidly self sustaining.

Gone are the days of a mainline title and a portable tie-in/standalone title of the same name just like publishers putting out multiple fighters at once.

Costs are too high and mainline titles have become too gargantuan to allow for "risks" on lesser titles that may not take off or sell.

Take Capcom for example, and SF6. We are unlikely to ever see a new installment of their other fighters like Rival School or Darkstalkers because SF6 is more popular, recognized and costly. A new Darkstalkers in the RE Engine would look sick as f*ck, and would visually be unlike any other fighter if done right. Sadly though, it's not as recognizable as SF and Capcom is unlikely to put so much on the line for something that might not catch.

Rebel_Scum2h ago

If there’s to be a sequel it should be at the college/university level. Otherwise its just going to be a rehash of the same progression and story.