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Natal is receiving some criticism from an unlikely source in Jon Burton, director at Traveller's Tales. He claims Microsoft's new controller is “exceedingly clever, but the lag on the input and lack of
physical buttons is really going to restrict the kind of games that can
be done with it.” It seems odd that he's concerned with its ability to impact multiple genres, considering that 10 of his company's last 13 games have been in what could effectively be called the "Lego genre."
Despite his concerns about Natal, he seems sold on Sony's alternative. “Sony’s solution will be cheap, accurate and will put buttons at your
fingertips, meaning everything from action adventures to FPS can be
handled with the same input," Burton said.
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I'm sure that lag is one of Microsoft's biggest concerns with Natal.
That being said, he sounds way too expecting of Sony's controller. There might be something going on behind the scenes...
Sony's motion control might work better
but they look like over sized microphones
don't worry, MS will reveal a Natal Motion Plus Add-on shortly after it is released.
Does this mean i will actually have to punch my friend in the face for Fight Night Round 4?!?
@ Christian A. Ramos
LOL. And this is exactly why I'm skeptical of Natal. MS track record of not giving you everything you need out of the box and then selling you a bunch of overpriced, proprietary add-ons makes me a little sick to my stomach.
@ chris bishop
They look kind of funny. But most prototypes do. Maybe it'll look less wonky in the final version?
I honestly see the Sony approach, a Wii like control for games of that genre (the "omg Mario can't make this jump I need to move my controller" genre)that can also house a traditional set of buttons, D-pad, and mini-sticks for "core" games as the next step, if not the ultimate future, of gaming. That's just me.
I don't know about the motion controllers yet.
Abandon ship! Abandon ship!
Seems the controlers have shrunk sence E3
Erm. Aren't most motion controls like this..?
Why doesn't Microsoft and Sony stick with their controllers while they let the Wii work on what they do. Seriously, only reason they're doing motion type gaming is because they noticed how much money the wii was making off it.
Wonder if it is possible to use a controller with NATAL. Maybe it could "see" the controller, therefore allowing you to use it like normal and at the same time register button presses and motion for certain actions? Hmm
What I have noticed is people now coming out and talking about Natal Lag... but any of the MS vids don't show lag (but they do show people moving a lot slower than what normal action would be) - were they were choreographed motions to a video with the device simply sitting there?
That aside, motion controls aren't going to be something that incorporate well into the more popular genres.