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Spielberg Introduces Mo-cap For Gamers
He's seen the future, it's called Natal

03 June 2009  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: BBC

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With Tintin on the horizon, Steven Spielberg's passion for motion-capture technology is well documented. It's less well-known though that he's a bit of gaming geek too, and his guest appearance at Microsoft's E3 Expo revealed a new way to combine the two passions: Project Natal, a new hands-free Xbox controller that uses mo-cap and voice recognition technology to enhance the gaming experienc.

Natal will enable gamers to interact directly with their onscreen avatars and it's safe to say Spielberg is excited by its possibilities in, and beyond, gaming. "It's like the square screen we saw all of our movies on in the early 1950s. Then The Robe came out in Cinemascope. And then came CinRam and Imax followed. That's what [Natal] is. It's a window into what the future holds."

The former Empire editor (and legendary filmmaker) told the BBC that its impact would be 'explosive', and as the man who once blew up a freeway in War Of The Worlds, you'd trust him to know an explosive thing when he sees one.

Microsoft haven't announced a release date for Natal yet, but did use the expo to unveil new Xbox games, including Beatles Rock Band, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
 


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From the video I saw, it appears Microsoft blew their budget on getting Spielberg's endorsement rather than making sure the device actually worked properly. More

Posted by Jimjams at 23:01 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

Picky
Jus a quick one but modern warfare 2 no longer carries the call of duty name the developers have gone it alone. I know you specialise in films but i also like the feeling of superiority when i spot a mistake xxx More

Posted by Padge at 21:21 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

Gimme a break
Oh great. Motion sensing. Not in anyway a headline grabbing gimmick. Honestly. Seriously though, enough with the hyperbole. "The future" of gaming? Bollocks. Same goes for any of the other motion sensing stuff getting punted out. It'll be used to make a couple of fun (or not) little mini-games that people will play for about 10 minutes before they go back to COD or GTA and it becomes an expensive dust collector. More

Posted by FlangeBags at 21:18 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

It wasn't "Microsoft's E3 Expo".
E3 is an independent event, Spielberg was at Microsoft's pre-E3 press conference. More

Posted by Occono at 21:01 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

A bit slow on this news arent you, this was announced on monday wasn't it? More

Posted by Bond11 at 20:53 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: I know people will say:
L: UGonnaBarkAllDayDog? "Oooh, Empire is a film mag, what are they doing talking about this" but honestly, have a look at an HD clip (not a shite one on youtube) and you'll see that this REALLY is the future! I was honestly amazed with this. It seriously is a giant leap in gaming! Surely the world of film could use this tech in some way as well? Jaw dropping. ou can watch stuff in HD on youtube. More

Posted by target at 19:54 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

he knows a thing or two
and as long as Empire keeps putting articles on this website with the word Spielberg in the title, I'll click on them! Honestly, I'd read ANYTHING. Still waiting for him to release that dream project though: A Steven Spielberg movie starring H Ford.... More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 19:33 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

I know people will say:
"Oooh, Empire is a film mag, what are they doing talking about this" but honestly, have a look at an HD clip (not a shite one on youtube) and you'll see that this REALLY is the future! I was honestly amazed with this. It seriously is a giant leap in gaming! Surely the world of film could use this tech in some way as well? Jaw dropping. More

Posted by UGonnaBarkAllDayDog? at 18:59 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

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