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PlayStation Eye More Precise Than Microsoft's Project Natal?

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294w ago - No doubt the major talk of E3 2009 was all about the motion-sensing technologies demoed by Sony and Microsoft at their press conferences.

Microsoft's Project Natal's major selling point is full-body recognition and the promise of a controller-less game experience, while Sony's PlayStation Eye-powered motion tech aims to turn a single controller into any virtual item imaginable (i.e. swords, tennis racquets, whips, whiskey bottle, etc.).

To quote: Sony's director of marketing John Holler told [Register or Login to view links] that the PlayStation Eye is "more accurate and more precise" than Microsoft's motion-sensing tech, and, even though Project Natal's full-body scanning capabilities is "impressive," it also, allegedly, suffers from "depth issues on the Z-axis."

This assessment is obviously impossible to confirm until some impartial testing can be done, so we'll just have to take Holler's comments with a PS3-emblazoned grain of salt for now.

What's perhaps more interesting about this whole ridiculously premature debate about technologies that are still years away from landing in living rooms is that Project Natal certainly does seem designed to out-casual the casual gaming genre Nintendo ushered...
 

E3 2009: Microsoft Unveils Motion-sensing Project Natal

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295w ago - Microsoft has unveiled Project Natal, which features a motion sensing camera.

Stephen Spielberg demoed it on stage and says it will recognize "your entire being".

Although it's "not reinventing the wheel because there's no wheel at all", Microsoft plans to make games as accessible as possible, as it will work with the Xbox Dashboard, recognizes your face, and signs you in automatically.

Games using the camera were demoed.

3D Breakout where body controls the ball, and you can move arms, legs, head and kick the ball and it detects the speed and power of the hit.





Comparing itself to the Wii, Microsoft says that this is done up off the couch, with Waggle commands.

Another demo called Paint Party uses body and voice to "express inner creativity" by splattering paint onto a canvas. Just say the color you want and the game adds it.

No date for the camera yet, but it's still being shown behind closed doors to developers.
 

Team ICO's Project Trico HD Trailer and Screenshot Available

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297w ago - Up until now, the only image that has been released about Team ICO's next game is a single image of a chain hanging down what appears to be a well.

To quote: Today we help lift the curtain off of this project a bit and shed some light on what Fumito Ueda has been up to these past few years and as you will see, it is rather close to ICO.

This is very early footage the next game from Team ICO. As with most early footage you can expect graphical enhancements for the final product.

Some of these elements, such as the main character, or scenarios you see here may not make the final cut.

Below is some early footage of the next game from Team ICO, exclusive to the PlayStation 3. This video may not represent the final product. Allow some time for this to buffer.




 

Kojima's New Project to be Revealed on May 18, 2009

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297w ago - An ad appeared in a Japanese magazine indicating that Kojima's new project will be revealed on the 18th of May.

The ad shows dark clouds in the shape of Snake.

To quote hweita of GameTrailers forums (linked above):

Here's an ad from a Japanese gaming magazine today:

Personally I see the clouds in the shape of Snake lying down... Dark clouds in the picture indicate a storm (Raiden = storm in Japanese) is coming?

Wow... Hope we get to know a lot more on the 18th of May
 

Warner Bros. Announce April DLC for F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin

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307w ago - Monolith's horror FPS sequel F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin will be getting downloadable content in April, adding a "new perspective" to the multiplayer.

The new content's main feature is a "Toy Soldiers" Map Pack, promising this new perspective. Sadly, there appears to be no addition to the game's excellent single-player campaign, but to make up for it we have a Premium Theme and Picture Pack on the way.

Press Release: Warner Bros. Announce DLC for F.E.A.R 2

Alma is once again beckoning you to visit a city of paranormal chaos and terror with new DLC available in April!

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, developed by Monolith Productions and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, will deliver a new dimension of paranormal horror, cinematic combat and highly kinetic action with the release of new downloadable content that will be available beginning in April.

The new content will include a "Toy Soldiers" map pack that will allow players to experience multiplayer from a new perspective, as well as a premium theme and picture pack.

F.E.A.R.2: Project Origin is a blend of advanced visceral combat mixed with seamless game pacing set inside a sinister and paranormal universe that begins shortly before the ending of F.E.A.R. A Special Forces squad is...
 
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