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

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291w 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...
 

Video: Military Madness Zone Control Gameplay Footage

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292w ago - Very much looking forward to this... here is some Military Madness zone control gameplay footage.

It's coming to the following platforms: WiiWare, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade.

The video's caption reads as follows:

Command the zone in this turn-based strategy video game.

Check it out below!




 

SingStar Global PS3 Patch Adds Voice Control, Trophies & More

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293w ago - Today Product Marketing Manager Erin English announced on the PlayStation Blog that the SingStar Global PS3 Patch (now available) adds voice control, trophies, and more as follows:

Good news for all you SingStar fans! Today we released a global patch featuring a number of new and enhanced gameplay and online features for SingStar PS3 users.

A new voice control menu will enable players to scroll through the song carousel and select the tracks they'd like to sing by simply speaking into the microphone.

For a sneak peak at SingStar Queen, check out the teaser trailer below:





In addition to voice control, the new patch will include support for over 30 trophies including 'Super Singer Gold', 'Keep it Cool' and 'All Eyes on You', quick song purchase functionality and an enhanced redesign of the SingStore and MySingStarOnline. The new patch is free to users and will be compatible with all SingStar PS3 discs.

For all you Queen fans, late last week we announced the upcoming release of SingStar Queen for the PS3 and PS2. Available as a standalone disc on August 18, SingStar Queen features over 20 classic hits from the iconic pop-rock group including 'We Are The Champions,' 'Another One Bites The Dust,'...
 

Video: The Godfather II - Don Control Walkthrough for PS3

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297w ago - The Godfather II 'Don Control Walkthrough' for PS3 video is now available courtesy of GameTrailers.

It unveils an interesting feature coming to the EA franchise: Don Control. The multiplayer feature offers what looks to be an RTS-style control system where one person hosting an online match can place bets on the match (that will in turn carry over into the single-player campaign), issue commands to their human teammates (should they cooperate, that is) and follow individuals of their choosing from a third-person perspective.

The video's caption reads as follows: "If you've got what it takes, use Don Control and see the whole map."





Based on the video, it appears as though EA has taken the extra time afforded them by the game being pushed back to beef up a very different experience than what the single-player campaign offers.
 

Microsoft Set to Bring 3D Motion Control to XBox 360 & PC Games

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300w ago - First reported as a rumor, Microsoft now stands to acquire 3DV Systems for the relatively small sum of $35 million.

3DV Systems has raised over $38 million from investors like Rafael Development Corporation and The IDB Group since its inception in 1997. Obviously this will result in a significant loss for the investors.

With the acquisition of 3DV Systems, Microsoft is looking to gain a stronger foothold in the video game console market. The company's Xbox 360 is currently in a distant second place in this generation of video game consoles behind Nintendo's Wii; a system that relies heavily on motion-based control, often considered easier for "non-gamers" to play.

Though the Xbox 360 and its nearest competitor the PlayStation 3 from Sony already have camera peripherals that can be used as control devices, the software for these has been less than stellar. The titles are always played on a 2D plane, leaving little room for innovative game design and the devices themselves are often imprecise or require excessive lighting to function.

The ZCam, which will undoubtedly be renamed by the time it is released to the public, was first announced back in 2007. It differentiates itself...
 
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