New Microsoft studio to 'revolutionize' gameplay

360 motion-control camera rumors further stoked by job listing that reveals the software giant is forming an all-new game studio to change "both WHAT you play and HOW you play."

With Microsoft's E3 Press Conference less than three days away, speculation about the software giant's announcements are reaching a fever pitch. Besides unconfirmed reports of a Metal Gear Solid 4 port and a new Peter Molyneux game the top rumor is for a new motion-sensing camera controller for the Xbox 360.

The latter rumor got a further boost this week, courtesy of a job listing from Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices division, which makes the Xbox 360 and soon-to-be-Xbox Live-compatible Zune HD. Specifically, the listing is for a "Sr. Environment Artist" at an all-new internal developer at Microsoft Game Studios, publisher of such games as Gears of War 2, Halo 3: ODST, and the just-announced Lips: Number One Hits. Hinting heavily at some sort of new control scheme for an all-new property, the description reads as follows:

Are you interested in shipping innovative games that will change the way people play? If so, we want you to join our team to work on an amazing next-generation project, built from the ground up, in Microsoft Game Studios. We are building a NEW GAME STUDIO from the ground up that will revolutionize both WHAT you play and HOW you play. You have the chance to get in on the ground floor and work with professionals responsible for some of the industry's greatest innovations to date. (Emphasis in the original.)

We're looking for a talented, motivated and experienced Sr. Environment Artist. This is a rare opportunity to join a seasoned, creatively driven team on an exciting next-generation project. Qualified individuals are expected to communicate and collaborate well throughout a development team, and have a proven track record in creating AAA art for games. Candidates will have experience creating a broad range of styles in both 2D and 3D mediums. Be well versed in programs like Photoshop and Maya, as well as demonstrate experience with current console art creation techniques like shader development, normal map creation, and high polygon modeling.

As of press time, Microsoft reps had not commented on the job listing, which may--or may not--pertain to announcements at next week's Electronic Entertainment Expo.

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332 comments
BigBoss2014
BigBoss2014

mgs4 cant work on the 360, kojima found it hard to fit it on a ps3 disc, 50gb, there is absoloutley nothing he could do to make the same game on the 360's 8.6gb disc, give it up you cant have they best game of 2008.

BigBoss2014
BigBoss2014

i thaught xbox got the eye toy for that movie maker thing, whats the difference, sony's making what i thaught the wii would be like before it came out, thats inpressive

SQUALL20XX
SQUALL20XX

Competetion pring a lot of things :)

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

They always say this but they are not doing nothing about it.

asian_pride69
asian_pride69

It was indeed impressive, but I enjoyed Sony's motion control better. Though it's also the same as Microsoft's. It's all a big gimmick.

PSFreak1
PSFreak1

Natal doesnt really revolutionize gaming as much as i thought it would...

gmax
gmax

Employment opportunity...

sco-fisticated
sco-fisticated

i dont know if they are talking about a wiimote for the 360. i dont mind if Xbox is making a wiimote or a batter one. i dont mind one company building off the idea of another (copying to some). Just Don't Act Like It's Your Idea! this sounds alot like the language they used to describe their avatars. "we are the first company to allow u to play as ur avatar in game." they may not be avatars in name, but Miis were the first customizable sprite players could play ingame. if they have something completely different, my bad. but if it's a wiimote, do it. but dont spice the wording to make it sound like ur idea.

MTMind2
MTMind2

to add what I said earlier about being sceptical....well...its what i thought it would be (3d video capture) only much much more. to be honest, with voice and face recognition too, it has far exceeded my expectations. in fact, im surprised at how impressed i am with this device. it really does have amazing potential.

Autolycus
Autolycus

again, DONT EXPECT THIS ON THE 360. ITS A NEXT GENERATION THING. And if it ruins my typical gaming experience I WONT be buying it. If I wanted a Wii I'd buy a Wii!

HazyNimbus
HazyNimbus

"...will revolutionize..." yet must "...have a proven track record in creating AAA art for games" They don't want something new, they are hiring the same doofs to do the same thing they did before. Why even post a job listing? If you're in the industry you know and if you aren't, you can't get hired. Good luck on that.

XanderZane
XanderZane

chriseph13 can microsoft do anything than copy another company ********************************************************************* Sony has been copying other companies for years. Trophies, home button, PSN, , etc all came from Microsoft. All 3 companies copy each other, it's not just Micrsoft. ============================================== Gamer4Iife People are still going on about MGS4 going to 360? Fine, just don;t whine about it when Kojima Productions crushes your hopes into tiny bits for the bajillionth time. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I would rather have MGS5 or ZOE3 on the XBox 360. I could care less about MGS IV. I really hate year old ports.

bernytheman2
bernytheman2

and let's not be fanboys here... I own a xbox 360 and I'd like to have this cam if it works right and yes, MGS4 is a great game that I've just played in my friend's home and would like it in the xbox. So what if Sony had it first? And if it were a 360 game, again, so what? don't expect anything wrong for us 360 owners just because we chose a different console, since all consoles have their good and bad features. I just want to have the best gameplay experience possible. I don't care if MS or Sony make less or more money because it doesn't affect me... or any of you, for that matter

bernytheman2
bernytheman2

God, I hope this is all true... Doubtful, though, but it would be awesome to play MGS4 on xbox and have kind of a wii with good graphics... that would be awesome. But, unfortunately, we'll have to wait and see...

KingTuttle
KingTuttle

Nothing has even been announced yet but everyone who hates Microsoft and Xbox seems to keep clamoring away like a bunch of idiots that know something. wow.

mhder
mhder

So what will the fanboys that claimed all they want is a standard controller to play because the other stuff is gimmicky say now?

Gamer4Iife
Gamer4Iife

People are still going on about MGS4 going to 360? :| Fine, just don;t whine about it when Kojima Productions crushes your hopes into tiny bits for the bajillionth time.

datniccah187
datniccah187

MSG4 to 360 would be awesome. I don't know if i would feel right playing it on an Xbox though.

shinian
shinian

Another camera? The first one was bad and overpriced. I thought that they cut loose this idea.

pakhair
pakhair

No Doubt the camera is for real.......................... It's 100% sure

benashley
benashley

the Wii motion system is old, outdated, buggy and sometimes a pain the rear to use, its about time someone could be bothered to come out with the next generation of motion sensor controllers and games. As for stealing Nintendos ideas, well nothings new these days, so its all recycled anyway. Lets face it there were consoles out before the PS1 so you could argue that Sony copied everyone else (i'm sure ill get boo'd at by all the Sony fan boys now, you'd think they owned the company the way they slag off anyone you might having differing vue's from theirs. Very sad) As for " 'revolutionize' gameplay " thats a bit over the top, like the fan boys have been so quick to point out, Nintendo have done it before.

ognen
ognen

I love them! Everything here rocks!

benboz
benboz

Xbox 360 all the way. MGS4 is a bad game.

sina69
sina69

I hope MGS 4 comes to Xbox 360...

shyst
shyst

why dont these game companies work on smarter AI and a looking after the pc market instead of bringing out these lame gimics. i dont want to see xbox logos, when i am buying a game for my pc. in conclusion this will be lame as gta4 was on the pc! thanks for waisting everyones time again microsoft.

DonTonyDeluca
DonTonyDeluca

thats a pretty bold claim microsoft, whats this camera got going on?

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

revolutionize what? Nintendo already revolutionize the way we play games, now Microsoft wants to replicate other people's success? how about make a portable systems like DS first. This makes me sick to my stomach, what a lame ass joke.

blankshore
blankshore

This is one of those things where we'll all just have to wait and see. Who knows? It might be the greatest thing ever.

Colin1192
Colin1192

I prefer to sit down and relax when i play videogames not be up and moving around

An-Archist
An-Archist

Why can't they keep making games...normally. I understand that a video game doesn't have to be normal but I prefer my games with a regular controller!

dzimm
dzimm

Yeah, sorry, but Microsoft isn't exactly known for revolutionizing anything.

Return-Fire
Return-Fire

OMG pleaaaase!!! MS is the last company to throw it's hat in the motion-sensing ring, what they can't only Nintendo and Sony can? MS had some cheesey motion-sensing thingy for the PC long ago.

cowman_53
cowman_53

Why are you stupid trolls here. Just get out. It's business, the job is to make money. If motion control makes money then guess what, people will start doing it..

chriseph13
chriseph13

can microsoft do anything than copy another company

JRD1912
JRD1912

Yea, sure this will suck, it will be 10 years before they can really do anything worth while with this crap unless the gaming industry as a whole makes a shift to it, and then maybe 5 years. Also GS, get rid of this crappy white background...Hurts my eyes.

biagio55
biagio55

zintarr completely agree mine did the same n now it wont read my disks even new ones takes the piss imo

XanderZane
XanderZane

This is just in addition. There will only be a few games that support this device. Most of their game will still use the regular analog controller. You people need to stop panicing.

cluelesspug
cluelesspug

MICROSOFT NOOOOOOOO! Seriously, if they make a motion sensing technology it will ruin all of their games. *cough* Nintendo *cough*. I enjoy some Wii games, but most of them have been butchered by motion sensing stuff.

phase4illini
phase4illini

Gotta agree with a few below. MS established itself without such a studio as the gamer's game platform. Don't know why they want to do this, short of tapping into the uber-casual money flow that the Wii unlocked. Unfortunately, I have doubts that the uber-casual market is always going to be there. It's probably far more faddish than anything else.

Dante2710
Dante2710

compatible with the zune? thats awesome, motion sensing.....**** no

DemannameD
DemannameD

I don't really see this sort of thing really doing well on a system that has an installed base as focused on games that don't use this technology... and I hope that the next generation of systems doesn't try to copy the wii. Its a great idea and one that is both genius and popular. But I don't play my wii very often because I prefer the old school sit and jam on a controller. If I wanted to have more interaction I would play my wii... but I prefer the controller. I think that this new insurgence in motions sensing is way past the point of being called a "Gimmick". It however is far from being widely accepted as a replacement to a standard controller. I just hope that these game studios can come to grips with fact that while its good for some its not great for all.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Now I like the Wii and all, but this is stupid, and not because I'm saying that because of my username. If all consoles went motion sensing, this would not be good, because not everyone likes it. Even I get tired of motion sensing gameplay sometimes.

green_dominator
green_dominator

Nothing beats a classic controller in the hands....It matters not if it's a 2 button, 4 button or 360 controller they are all controllers and if they work properly that's all that can be asked...Motion control and Camera interfaces and the Wii-mote are just gimicks.... Until VR is a viable reality then I'm just fine with my standard controller..... Though Wireless Controllers are the way to go lol

MTMind2
MTMind2

@TUNEwon who wrote "Doesn't the eye toy 2 do this already?" not quite. the difference with this camera, assuming the rumours are true, is that its based upon the technology developed by the company 3dv, a company ms bought a few months back. the eye toy and xbox live vision camera are just that, web cameras, and the 2D video information captured is what is used to interpret our movements. the 3dv camera is different because it also captures all the depth information too. that is, for every pixel in the image it captures, it also measures how far away it is from the camera, to an accuracy of 1 to 2 cm, all at 60fps. in other words, its a 3d video capture device, and thats what takes it to a new level. im still a motion control sceptic myself, but i do think this device has great potential.