EA unveiling Natal, PS3 motion-controller games in Q1-Q2 2010

CEO John Riccitiello says that his company will support Microsoft's, Sony's camera-based peripherals, first details coming in the first half of next year.

One of the first third-party games to be shown using Microsoft's new camera-based motion-sensing peripheral was Electronic Arts and Criterion's Burnout Paradise. Shortly after Project Natal debuted at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, project lead Kudo Tsunoda demoed the device on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, showing how cars in Burnout could be controlled by mimicking the motions of a steering wheel.

EA sees potential in Sony's camera-based motion controller.

So, it should come as no surprise that EA plans to fully back Project Natal, as well as its Sony EyeToy equivalent. As part of EA's post-earnings conference call yesterday, CEO John Riccitiello expressed optimism over both Sony and Microsoft's new hardware, noting that his company should have some kind of support to announce by next year.

"On Natal, I think at this point in time, I would rather lump that up with what is going on with Sony with their new motion-based controller, and the answer is we're really positive on both," Riccitiello stated. "Our view is that motion-based gaming is something that is both going to drive install base, drive interest, and drive growth, so we're positive overall."

"And yes, we're planning to support both," he continued. "We haven't yet announced our plans to do so, but we shall do so at the right time frame for that, which is likely to be early to mid-2010."

A number of third-party publishers have already expressed interest in using Microsoft's and Sony's new motion-sensing peripherals. Just after Natal's announcement, Microsoft said that two of the Xbox 360's top developers--Bungie and Epic Games--were already looking at the device, though the latter has expressed skepticism over using the technology for shooters. Likewise, Sony stated at E3 that dev kits are already available to third-party studios to create motion-sensing PS3 games.

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Floymin
Floymin

The PS Eye is already out, yet there has been little (if any) evidence of its true potential for large-scale game support (ie, actual motion control vs. a simple camera and microphone). If "Milo" is the first game released for NATAL, it will be the first time a peripheral ever showcased its full potential in its first game.

division_9
division_9

@kamizuka Tell that to 35 million Wii owners.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I cant wait to see how Devs handle RTS games with Natal, anyone catching a glimpse of you in mid game would swear you were conducting an orchestra : )

kamizuka
kamizuka

i dont like that Natal thingy, a video game is about being lazy and sitting on the couch

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Here we go again, when will people realise that MS/Sony/Nintendo simply provide the tools, it is the responsibility of the developers to trully harness this technology, so please, stop your pi5$ing and whinging and lets just wait to see what the Devs can do with this tech.

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

I still like the wii remote more, best fps controls ever and analog sticks FTW.

alien100000
alien100000

This is seriously like 10 times better than any of the Wii's gimmicky motion stuff.

Xions-Fursy
Xions-Fursy

As long as there is still plenty of games using a real controller, I won't say a bad thing about this. I realize that this is a way for companies to gather a different group of people into playing video games. However, I and nearly all of my gamer friends really don't think this is the way we want to game. So, as long as full support is given to people like me who want to use a controller. I will fully support gamers, and games who use motion sensing technology.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

Natal looks like Next gen Eye toy!! SO I see no patt on it since Sony already has a patt on their tech. The implamentation such as the scanning into a game... since it is how it is being used and not the device itself I can not see this as a patt!! So Sony can have the same kind of game, with the same abilities!!! as for ingame abilities... copied from Nintedo Sony's looks like it works better. I JUST HOPE THEY include the tilt tech they have in their controlers!!!

Blabadon
Blabadon

what would happen if someone swore at milo or started yelling gibberish? he would probably RROD on that person

ktseymour
ktseymour

I agree. I like Sony's better also, I just can't see myself waving my arms around like some Idiot (aaahhh, my darn Shiba just snuck up on me, tird) and I also can't see It being that responsive. I think most see this as a bid for the Soccer Mom money. I'm sure In time some of the games will be fun, I just can't see this taking off.

CWSoccer07
CWSoccer07

Good point ktseymour. It's fruitless to even bring it up. On another note, I think Sony and Microsoft aren't going to pave the way for an entirely new gaming experience. While Natal offers a truly "controller-free" interaction, that just spells disaster when you have a pet run in front of you or any number of things that could happen in a room and be captured by the camera to ruin your game experience. But you have to start somewhere. PS3 appears to be sitting in the middle with a camera and a controller, which is likely the most functional motion-based gaming. Either way, I think both companies know they aren't going to change their current consumer bases to motion-based gaming, but rather attract the families and crowds that purchased Wii's in hopes they will become loyal customers that will hopefully purchase other products (games) that are not motion-based. Can't really blame them either.

ktseymour
ktseymour

I just Ignore those people CW, and by posting acknowledgments your giving those dopes what they want. You'll never win an argument with those kind of people, they think they're always right.

CANOFOWNAGE
CANOFOWNAGE

By the way, neither the eye or natal have any relevance technology-wise to the wii-mote. The wii-mote is simply point recognition with primitive motion sensing that will accept throwing your wii-mote at the ceiling as swinging your baseball bat in wii-sports.

CWSoccer07
CWSoccer07

I'm not whining. Some fanboys just use semantics to make their console seem superior to another. Face it, no console will ever "win". Trying to prove one is better than another is like pissing into the wind...stupid and pointless. Nothing in this article is antagonizing and shouldn't have turned this into a fanboy war.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Now everyone is going to have one

ktseymour
ktseymour

Would you like some cheese with that CW?

CWSoccer07
CWSoccer07

Is there really someone saying 360 doesn't have exclusives because games are also released on PC? I would venture to say the majority of computer games are played on computers powered by an MS operating system. I would think that the development between 360 and MS operating systems don't deviate far from each other. Developers are doing the right thing by preserving MS exclusivity. How about we call it PS3 Exclusives and Exclusives not on PS3? I'm not being a 360 fanboy, I just don't like when people use semantics to try to prove a point. Make a valid point and not just a play on words.

NuKkU
NuKkU

cant wait too see the games they show

xPDPx
xPDPx

You do realize 'exclusive to consoles' might be a work around for this 'amazing' argument, folks. I keep forgetting that Microsoft is in the business to not make money. Ooops.

lampshade820
lampshade820

Is the voice of that little kid in the video the same voice actor who played Hammer in Fable 2? Because I hated Hammer. She was so annoying.

EarthThatWas
EarthThatWas

"And yes, we're planning to support both," he continued. "We haven't yet announced our plans to do so...." Um. I think you just did.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

[quote="MrJack3690"] @TevoxZi man I forgot all about the powerglove haha, oh and angry video game nerd's videos are the greatest [/quote] :) He sure has the greatest videos, not only that they're great reviews, but that they're very enjoyable to watch. His NES collection sure is huge by the way, but uhm; let's not go offtopic here, rather leave this in PM. ^^ [quote="TaintedHero"] I can not wait to see Sony's new Eye Toy Camera [/quote] They're making a controller for it, shaped like a Wand. Not a new camera, it'll work with the PS Eye as shown in the E3 '09. You can also find it by typing in -controller that looked different before it actually got released. I'm also looking forwards to it by the way.

TaintedHero
TaintedHero

I can not wait to see Sony's new Eye Toy Camera

1conradthegreat
1conradthegreat

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MrJack3690
MrJack3690

@TevoxZi man I forgot all about the powerglove haha, oh and angry video game nerd's videos are the greatest

Raven1504
Raven1504

what would be a huge win is that the current games at least talking the ps3 could use this technology , especially FPS , i would love to use the contoller with killzone 2

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

flyingteddy i was hoping for that as well

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

apparently the ps eye will allow players scan and use real world items in games. it would also have facial recognition.

ziv_ew
ziv_ew

it wuld be awesome in mid game to teare the controller in half and start slashing and bashing and then reasemble it on the fly

flyingteddy
flyingteddy

im not sure how the Sony controller will look in the end, but i was hoping it would look like a normal controller but that you can snap it in 2 halves and then use those halfs for motion control. that i might actually be interested in. I found the wii controller too limiting in that everything must be done with motion control, i think a mix is more appropriate.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

[Quote="Mobius__1"] Of the three Sony was first with the Eyetoy for PS2. Natal has nothing in common with the Wii as far as technology is concerned, and Motion Eye only uses accelerometers as secondary motion tracking. [/quote] In the camera side, yes. In the motion controller side; Nintendo was first with the on NES. Sorry. P.S. Powerglove was way too inaccurate and it therefore sucked, want further information? Check out Angry Video Game Nerd's review of the Powerglove and you'll see what I mean. :)

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

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Mobius__1
Mobius__1

"Both 360's Natal and PS3's Motion Eye (that's what I'm going to call it, do you like it?) are great and exciting technology building upon the foundations that Nintendo has built. " Of the three Sony was first with the Eyetoy for PS2. Natal has nothing in common with the Wii as far as technology is concerned, and Motion Eye only uses accelerometers as secondary motion tracking.

10679
10679

@TevoxZi lol if you try hard enough you can get all consoles games on pc.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

-10679 I know what you mean, but it doesn't count as an excl. in P.S. Same goes with some other people.

10679
10679

@TevoxZi you still don't get it . PC gaming is in its own league and console gaming is in its own league. there is no relationship between them. When you compare console exclusivity PC is not included therefore any game that the 360 has but is also on PC still count towards 360 real exclusives hence when you read articles on gamespot regarding a game thats on 360 and pc, gamespot still says that the game is an 360 exclusives. damn i wish there was an hardcore PC gamer that doesn't play consoles on this thread.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

-10679 I was just stating that if I want a game from 360, I can simply buy it on PC. You say they're different, maybe by controls and graphical difference, but anything else? No. You can't buy games for PS3 on PC, so they're basically real As you can't get 'em for anything else but for that console. But you know what? I'm not going to keep up arguing, as otherwise we'll be fighting about this for the next 5 pages. I'm pretty sure you knew what I meant, but you just wanted to argue about it somewhat.

10679
10679

@TevoxZi that quote is your quote you posted earlier

10679
10679

"Now come up with 360 exclusives those have not gotten released on PC; you definitely won't get a huge list." This obviously implies that you think that with that quote. you technically said that since the games that come on both 360 and pc means that it is not a 360 exclusive. You are wrong with that because its still a 360 exclusives regardless if it is also on PC because pc gaming and console gaming are completely different.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@10679 1st: When did I say they're the same? PCs have better specs than consoles as they're user-upgradable and I said that if I wanted a 360 I'd simply buy it on PC, instead of wasting my money in a faulty console. 2nd: Both fanboy sides have their minuses, 360 people for example always go to the 'but ours is cheaper' and stuff. - - I never said they're the same, so please, read better next time.

10679
10679

@TevoxZi "Now come up with 360 exclusives those have not gotten released on PC; you definitely won't get a huge list." i feel that sony fanboys need to educate themselves about the difference between PC and consoles because so they think PC and console are the same . Firstly you are wrong. PC is completely different than consoles. Its very simple fact to understand. PC is PC and consoles is consoles. if you can't understand that then you need to go back to kindergarten. To make it simpler PC is in its own league and vice versa for consoles. Ask any PC experts. If they read your post they will think you are mentally challenged .

Adziboy
Adziboy

I like Sony Idea's because it's got something physical to hold and that way, is going to be more precise, full stop. Although, using nothing would be better in some cases because you can hold a controller to... Ah well. I won't use it all the time but definitely try it out when it does.

dog-tags
dog-tags

how can i play madden with no controller

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Hey, don't argue guys. Both 360's Natal and PS3's Motion Eye (that's what I'm going to call it, do you like it?) are great and exciting technology building upon the foundations that Nintendo has built. I know that I am really looking forward to both of them!

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

-LordGeorgeton What, by correcting people up & having opinions of my own? I'm allowed to have my own opinion as well, as well as you have the rights for your own. This is news for both consoles, not only for your console, so don't I have the rights to be here? Unlike some of the 360 fanboys that like to come in to the PS3 news those got nothing to do with their console? Well? I might be a fanboy, but so are you, only on different side. :P If you're claiming what I posted is based on fanboyism, then at least come up with a sentence to with.

LordGeorgeton
LordGeorgeton

wow TevoxZi you are OBVIOUSLY a huge PS3 fanboy. save it for your fanboy forums.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

-mayceV 1st: It's PS Eye, not EyeToy (which was for PS2) 2nd: They said themselves, that they made the controller because some games require buttons, which is a fact and you can't deny that. In my opinion; Natal is not really different from PS2 Eyetoy and PS Eye and because those weren't revolutionary, I doubt Natal will be either.

mayceV
mayceV

@mad_krips not to start a war but to answer you question. the natal can detect 3d movement, scan and reconize, and understand voice ect. ect. ect. . the eye toy cannot reconize 3d movement. it is for that reason that they are using a special ps3 controller. the natal is not a camera, its a complete new piece of tech.

mayceV
mayceV

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