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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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Abandon ship! Abandon ship!
Please, can we like get a petition for motion controls to just stay on the sidelines, or maybe just go away.
We'll see when all is said and released. Sony has been doing a lot of 'behind the scenes' arrangements lately. They really are pushing hard to come out on top of the generation. I really wouldn't doubt it if there was a hand pulling a couple strings here. I also wouldn't doubt it if there is lag with Natal, its concept was quite the shocker for most, the technology is insane (albeit something I don't see myself enjoying much)so I along with everyone else im sure is somewhat skeptical of its at home performance.
Wow. He basically just said Natal sucks, Sony is awesome. I can just smell the bribery.
I think this guy missed the point of Natal. Its supposed to be hands free gaming. A lack of buttons is the point. I agree though that without buttoms developers might be limited in what they can do for Natal. Gonna have to wait and see.
If video games get too real.. I may have to start playing the game of Life more often and I don't mean the board game.
I hope they fix the lag by the time Natal comes out
I'm not gonna lie, I just saw a demo for the playstation motion thing and that looks amazing.
I knew NATAL would be a fail who wants to play games while looking like an idiot
@Shawn: That's exactly what you saw brother. Pre-choreographed video with actors mimicking the movement that would respond to the on-screen activity. Sad.
This is going to take MS YEARS to get to the point that it will even remotely be worth playing. Are we forgetting that Nintendo hasn't even gotten the Wii up to snuff yet and they've been working on montion control LONG before MS (PowerGlove? PowerPad? etc etc). Natal is going to be an imperfect science executed and delivered imperfectly. What's more, it will 'feel' un-natural and take a good long while to get used to, thereby shedding marketshare with leprotic fervor. At least the Wii and PS3 have a physical controller - which I might add we've been using to control video games now for oh...37 years. I hope this stuff catches on to where we're controlling games a la Iron Man's "Jarvis", but I honestly don't think Natal is the doorway through which we'll walk to get there. If it is, prepare for myriad RRODs.
I've always been a bit suspicious with Microsoft. As others say, they never give you everything you need inside the box. You'll probably have to spring for Microsoft brand batteries that are specially designed (not included) a cord to plug the thing in (not included) or a wireless device (not included and 12x the amount of the cord).
I think Sony has carefully developed it's motion controls and has a good idea of what they are doing. It sounds like Natal is just going to be a "waggle fest" minus the controller.
Dude, it should be about function over form. It doesn't matter how ugly it is, as long as it works better than anything else.
Although, I would prefer an analog stick on Sony's controller instead of that stupid trackball...
Im With Jon, I Dont Think Every Game Genre Is Ready For Natal. Im Buying Sony's.
Sony's looked too accurate during the E3 demo. By that I mean it was so shaky and disorienting on screen. Hopefully it will be toned down a bit and we see a final design soon. E3 version looked stupid (but hey so did that boomerang controller too). Oh and if he is legitimately worried about Natal I'll bump my expectations down a notch for the final product, until its demoed again.
Natal is trash. Sony's oversized mic is trash. That is all. "]
You have to keep in mind that these are two giants competing for first ever concept of motion contol. It's tough, and its a bit like an arms race. Whoever finishes first get credited with first ever motion controlling system. That's a massive award. So of course, they're rushing.