Here we have another rumor on the motion-sensing add-on for the Xbox 360. If you'll remember, this rumor came as early as December of 2007, and it's been appearing in and out of our consciousness ever since then. Well, we thought it was over for real when Microsoft flat-out denied the rumor in July last year. Guess what. It's alive again.
A tipster from Engadget purports that Microsoft is flexing its innovative muscles to beat the Wii in the field of motion-sensing, complete with their own sensor bar that will detect not only waggles of controllers but FULL BODY MOVEMENT and sound -- even without the controller.
Supposedly, there are two sensors on the bar, as well as a mic and a camera. While the tipster has "no idea" how the whole thing works, at least he got to sneak out with the features list - and a picture to boot:
Hmmm.. thinking about it now, maybe Ken Lobb's little "slip" at a video interview for Banjo Kazooie did have something to it. Remember? He said, "So you basically grab with the wrench and then you twist the controller around and it'll move different things in the game."
- 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.
Microsoft's been denying it for almost two years now, but maybe the time is ripe to unveil this motion-control technology for the Xbox 360? Or maybe wait another, oh I don't know, month? You know, in June? At the E3?
Maybe, maybe. Hold your horses. It's all intriguing, but it's also just a rumor at this point.
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