Los Angeles – Microsoft has announced the launch of a new gaming system that relies solely on the body’s movements, without the need for any sort of controller. Gesture-controlled gaming, made popular by the Nintendo Wii, took video games away from fussing over detailed pixels and realistic graphics, and instead enabled complete interaction via a motion-sensing device. Microsoft’s Project Natal takes this idea further with its full-body motion-sensitive control system.
Shown at the E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles, Project Natal uses a system of two cameras that sense the body’s movements – even recognising facial expressions and gamers’ voices – in order to control the action on screen. The next generation of gaming is going to put the player right inside the screen.