Project Natal renamed to KINECT – Photos/Info/Updated!
E3 seems to have kicked off in full swing with the first major announcement coming from the Microsoft tent. That’s right folks, Project Natal is out – Kinect is in. Pronounced “connect” this is Microsoft once again having a stab at the game I like to call, “how many times can we rip off Nintendo today?”
So far they have done quite well. Introduce shitty Microsoft Mii’s avatars (and in doing so removing the awesome dashboard blades?) Check! Let new IP’s take to a back burner while you fool around with motion gaming? Check! Finally – give your product a clever name, maybe with it utilizing a new and ‘hip’ spelling – throwing out a previously cool name in for something completely foolish. …there we have it Microsoft! Nintendo Revolution> Nintendo Wii. Project Natal>Kinect. I know which one I would rather say I am sitting down ‘nd playing tonight.
“That my friends is something we wont know until November… (although my guess would be it gets pretty fucking annoying, very fucking quickly!)”
Then again, would I really want to? Out of the games announced as launch titles only one sounds remotley interesting, discussed below, and E3 2010 is going to be make or break for a lot of people. Then again saying that, Microsoft seem to think a little differently. Aaron Greenberg, Director of Project Management at Xbox, speaking today at E3 thinks the awareness for this product isn’t actually as high as us hardcore gamers seem to think,
“What’s interesting is that despite everything we’ve done for Natal — and people are very excited about it — the actual awareness around the name is not as high as you would think.”
In a way this surprises me, why would the company pool all their resources into a product that clearly the masses do not care about. The more that gets released, especially the gameplay footage and people playing Kinect this week is going to do two things:
1) Turn off hardcore gamers and anyone who still doesn’t see the point of motion gaming. Clearly Microsoft are making no strides in getting Natal to work with real games, like Sony with Move, so this hardware quite simply isn’t for us.
2) It might turn some casual audience heads, but realistically I think now people have had motion gaming introduced to them at a casual level with the WII they will stick with familiarity – which is why I think despite Microsoft’s best efforts, MOVE is going to capture peoples hearts (and money) this winter.
Speaking to USA today Kudo Tsunoda, Xbox director, had this to say: “For lots of people, that controller is a barrier, We set out to make a new control paradigm where anybody can get in and play, without having to read the instructions or learn a complicated set of controls.”
In my eyes not having any controls is a barrier. Once you take away controls, you take away the linking object. People can touch a Move remote or a Wiimote and they know what to do, the swing it! With natal Kinect they are going to have to pause the game, read the in game instructions and they play it a few times to grasp the way the game handles – which looks as unwieldy as the Eye Toy did 6 or 7 years ago!
“It looks as unwieldy as the Eye Toy did 6 or 7 years ago!”
Let’s be honest with each here for a moment shall we, did we expect anything more? Sure the movies and dashboard integration with Kinect sounds interesting, but once you walk past the machine a few times in the morning and it keeps auto turning itself on or when you are trying to select a movie in Netflix and someone walks past the camera to go to the kitchen to get a drink – sending the thing haywire, well…just how quickly is Minority Report style interactivity with the console going to wear thin? That my friends is something we wont know until November… (although my guess would be it gets pretty fucking annoying, very fucking quickly!)
-Cheers for reading, what do you think of Kinect now some photos/footage and more info is out? Leave some comments!
UPDATE: Kinect is out in November. No price confirmed yet but if it is any higher then £100 then it is a spectacular waste of money and is going to fail harder then the last camera Microsoft introduced. Yea that’s right Microsoft you bastards, I bought your last camera – Tottemball? Oh what’s that, yes I do fucking remember that, one of the worst games to ever grace my Xbox 360. You tried to do Eye Toy 3 years ago and it failed 2 or 3 games in… so excuse me while I am still a wii (ha! see what i did there) bit skeptical…