During Microsoft’s E3 press conference earlier today, they unveiled a new piece of hardware that may very well revolutionize the video game industry. The codename is Project Natal and it allows players to interact with their Xbox 360 without a controller.
The device looks similar to the Wii Sensor Bar, but according to the demo, it’s much more advanced. The device could not only track your full body motions without a controller, but it also has facial & vocal recognition and allows you to import items into games. It is said Project Natal will work with all Xbox 360 consoles and developers should be receiving units to work with any day now. Lionhead Studios received an early kit and was able to create an interactive experience simply called ‘Milo’. Milo is a young boy who the player interracts with through conversation, facial & vocal recognition, and their body movements. Lionhead Studios’ Peter Molyneux assured us the experience is real and has even gone as far as to invite select media to meet with Milo.
I am a bit skeptical of this device as products in demos are usually exaggerated, but if all of Microsoft’s claims become true, this really could be something that could change how we interract with our home consoles for a very long time.