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XBox 360 to Get Motion-sensing Full Body Game Control Add-on?

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294w ago - The word is that Microsoft is building a "sensor bar" of sorts, but instead of detecting the waggles of Wiimote-like controllers, it detects full body movement and sound, sans controllers.

To quote: We just got a tip from someone who purports to be in the know on Microsoft's efforts to beat the Wii at its own motion-sensing game, with some of the details lining up with what we were hearing last year along these lines.

There are two sensors on the bar, along with a mic and a camera, and while our tipster has "no idea" how it actually works, it sounds pretty impressive. Here's a quick rundown of capabilities mentioned:

•Full body and hand gesture control of games / characters.
• In fighting games you kick, punch, duck, dive, jump and so forth with your body.
• It also picks up small hand gestures like pinching, grabbing and scrolling.
• There will also be video conferencing and games with video.
• Trivia game over the internet with live images of each person playing. When a question pops up, they can clap to buzz in.
• You can "move objects on your screen" and the other party can see what you're doing in real time.
• Sensor detects only the person playing, not folks observing on the couch.

We're rather curious as to what those two mystery sensors on the bar are doing, since there's specific mention of a lack of controllers. Perhaps they add depth perception to whatever the camera is picking up on video, but we guess we'll have to wait and find out.

Of course, this could all be an elaborate hoax, but for what it's worth the picture appears undoctored, and the story is plausible.

Either way, it's only natural for Microsoft to be looking to duplicate - and expand upon - the wild success Nintendo has enjoyed with motion-controlled gaming. And if they don't, Sony sure will.

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#5 - L337NESS - 289w ago
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it's probably going to be usable for only a small amount of games..

#4 - diesel701 - 294w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by idone View Post
Would be really cool to see something like this hit the market.

...what worries me about this picture is the lack of anything (camera/whatever) connected to the front usb ports on the 360

Yes, it can be very interesting.

We can have the high resolution of the Xbox360 with the control of the Wii.

#3 - idone - 294w ago
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Would be really cool to see something like this hit the market.

...what worries me about this picture is the lack of anything (camera/whatever) connected to the front usb ports on the 360

#2 - Alucard - 294w ago
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hehe now we will see videos of shoes braking tvs because of this lol

#1 - CyanCaze - 294w ago
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OMG they are copying Nintendo AND Sony!!!!

Now that was said sarcastically but I never forget what the fanboys have done. That was one of the first things they bashed Sony for. I will not let it go until justice is served! Fanboys must DIE!!!!!! Or at least stfu.


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