Big three show off new tech at E3 2009

In addition to previewing dozens of upcoming games slated for 2009 and 2010, at E3 2009 Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony each unveiled new tech peripherals for the Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3.
First up was console market-leader Nintendo with the Wii Vitality Sensor –  a finger sensor which attaches to the Wiimote to read your pulse.
Has potential, but rather underwhelming overall
Has potential, but rather underwhelming overall

The device – a pulse sensor that clips on to the player’s finger and connects to the Nintendo Wii controller – measures heart rate to determine levels of excitement, nervousness and even concentration.

Somewhat interesting I guess, but I can’t see this being used in many games or being supported very well even by Nintendo (beyond the first game it releases with).

Next up was Microsoft’s “Project Natal”. This is a real-time motion-capture accessory for the 360 which claims to completely eliminate the need for traditional physical controllers.

OK – this is pretty impressive – if it works. Since this was a promotional video only, just how well it works in practice is quite uncertain. Will this even appeal to a large portion of the 360 audience? It could backfire if  Xbox owners see it as a gimmick.

Last up was Sony with their yet unnamed motion controller for the PS3 that works in combination with the EyeToy.

Well, it is clear that Sony doesn’t want to be left behind by the move toward motion-sensing input devices. Sure, it is pretty obvious where the inspiration for this device came from, but at least the demo was live and Sony does seem to be the first to offer true 1:1 input (we’ll wait to see how the Wii MotionPlus by Nintendo pans out).

For being the only company to give a live demonstration of their upcoming tech, I have to give Sony the win here.

Posted on June 3, 2009, in New Tech, Videogames and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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