Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 08:31 UTC
Games The E3 is underway, and with OSNews having a renewed casual interest in gaming, I figured I'd summarise the news around the big three console players, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony. Microsoft probably had the most interesting news to give us, Nintendo suffers from a severe case of milking the cow (and who would blame them), and Sony repackaged the PSP, announced a few games, and gave the promise it would come with motion sensing technology at some point in the future too.
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Starcraft 2
by Francis Kuntz on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 08:53 UTC
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2006-09-23

The real info is the release of Starcraft 2 at the end of the year :p

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RE: Starcraft 2
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 09:00 UTC in reply to "Starcraft 2"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Agreed that it's big news, but I couldn't cover everything. I tried to focus on Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo to keep things organised.

But yeah, that's pretty big. Koreans rejoice!

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Assassin's Creed gameplay
by Erunno on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 09:38 UTC
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2007-06-22

There is an error in the article. Ingame footage for Assassin's Creed 2 was presented yesterday during Sony's E3 event.

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RE: Assassin's Creed gameplay
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 09:56 UTC in reply to "Assassin's Creed gameplay"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Ah, I see, thanks. Updated the article.

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RE[2]: Assassin's Creed gameplay
by Narishma on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 10:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Assassin's Creed gameplay"
Narishma Member since:
2005-07-06

Rock Band Beatles isn't exclusive to the Xbox 360. It's also coming for PS3 and Wii.

You also forgot to mention a lot of the games shown for Sony's consoles like the MGS, SOCOM and Resident Evil for the PSP and MAG, Uncharted 2 and that ridiculous racing game cross between Mario Kart and LittleBigPlanet for the PS3.

Edited 2009-06-03 10:29 UTC

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thebluesgnr Member since:
2005-11-14

Another mistake here:

"Sony also showed off motion sensing technology (like the Wii, not like Natal), but the company doesn't yet know when it will arrive; somewhere 2010, it believes."

Jack Tretton was pretty clear when he said they're launching the motion controller Spring 2010. It was Microsoft who didn't say a peep about a release window.

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I prefer Sony's solution
by rramalho on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 10:18 UTC
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2007-07-11

I've seen all three press conferences/presentations/ whatever.

MS Project Natal impressed me! But I'll judge it when i test it, not grabbing something kind of annoys me - it's like that stupid sensation of not having a real keyboard on my iPhone. It may be me, but it annoys me.

Speaking of motion controls, I like what I saw from Sony. It works, it's not PR stuff and a well made video. It actually works, and you're grabbing something...

I'll get to test both ways, since luckily I own both systems.

Let's see what the software part brings us. ;)

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RE: I prefer Sony's solution
by Verunks on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 10:28 UTC in reply to "I prefer Sony's solution"
Verunks Member since:
2007-04-02

yeah, microsoft natal looks cool but doing everything without a controller isn't that great, I can see it well for casual games but not for hardcore, on the other hand sony mixed the good of the two worlds, having both a camera and a controller you can do almost everything, the archer and sword demo was really impressive and accurate

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RE[2]: I prefer Sony's solution
by l3v1 on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 12:56 UTC in reply to "RE: I prefer Sony's solution"
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2005-07-06

Same thoughts here. It'd be funny to watch someone play a good FPS this way for 3 hours. Just what I felt in regard to Wii controls, it just limits the kinds of games one can create for it. It would be great as an additional control mechanism, just don't make it exclusive.

BTW, they just invented "air driving", you can add that to the list just below air guitar. I won't add further comments on that ;)

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RE: I prefer Sony's solution
by grabberslasher on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 17:39 UTC in reply to "I prefer Sony's solution"
grabberslasher Member since:
2006-02-09

Do remember that Natal can actually do everything the Sony demo can; they could easily write up a demo that registered different objects in your hands (like the Sony glowing wands).

It's quite possible that future controllers (with buttons!) will be able to work *with* Natal to create some awesome games.

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RE[2]: I prefer Sony's solution
by thebluesgnr on Sun 7th Jun 2009 07:39 UTC in reply to "RE: I prefer Sony's solution"
thebluesgnr Member since:
2005-11-14

That's not actually true unless Microsoft released a "wand" controller with buttons, which is kind of the opposite of what they're promising with Natal.

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RE: I prefer Sony's solution
by JrezIN on Thu 4th Jun 2009 01:21 UTC in reply to "I prefer Sony's solution"
JrezIN Member since:
2005-06-29

Correct me if I'm wrong, but from the project natal demos, the one that impressed me most wasn't the control-with-your-movement ones, but the Milo demo... thats when we really start to interact with games.
I wonder what a Fable/FallOut game using this technology would be... or even MMO games streaming your expressions through your character.
Really impressive stuff that opens a lot of precedents.

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Natal == Christamas
by moondevil on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 10:33 UTC
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2005-07-08

Not sure if the Microsoft's team is aware of this, but Natal is the Portuguese word for Christmas!

Edited 2009-06-03 10:34 UTC

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RE: Natal == Christamas
by JrezIN on Thu 4th Jun 2009 01:15 UTC in reply to "Natal == Christamas"
JrezIN Member since:
2005-06-29

...not only that, but the city named "Natal"... the city actually is the reason of the codename. It's the homeland of the guy ahead of "project natal".

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PS3
by Ultimatebadass on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 18:59 UTC
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2006-01-08

I've watched the trailer for Last Guardian and I must say it looks promising (never got into the SoC though, the low framerate was too annoying). Apart from that, I actualy laughed out loud after reading about the GT for PSP... they haven't quite let that one go yet, did they. How many years of empty promises, DNF, anyone? ;) They should get their damned rear ends in gear and finish GT5 already instead of wasting time on little silly side projects like that.

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RE: PS3
by thebluesgnr on Sun 7th Jun 2009 07:33 UTC in reply to "PS3"
thebluesgnr Member since:
2005-11-14

Gran Turismo PSP was playable on the show floor, comes out October 1st.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q5vg6xEjYo

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Is Natal vaporware?
by transami on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 20:44 UTC
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2006-02-28

Did Microsoft offer floor demonstrations of Natal? If not I call B.S.

I am very skeptical that this technology is good enough for general usage yet. I'm sure they can do quite a bit, but the computation needed to recognize multiple faces and bodies (and voices!) and track all their movements regardless of what they are wearing, etc...?

Well, call me in 10 years when they release the XBox 1080 then I might believe it.

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RE: Is Natal vaporware?
by n4cer on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 21:57 UTC in reply to "Is Natal vaporware?"
n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

Live
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWm_PygFotI

and pre-recorded on-stage demos were given:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9gxyk_e32009-project-natal-demo-m...

I believe the press also got private demos, but I don't think there was an open floor demo available.

Development kits are currently available acording to this article:
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/e3-natal-not-derived-from-3dv

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RE: Is Natal vaporware?
by StephenBeDoper on Thu 4th Jun 2009 05:25 UTC in reply to "Is Natal vaporware?"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, call me in 10 years when they release the XBox 1080 then I might believe it.


Heh. To paraphrase the words a wise man:

"XBox 1080? How in the world did I miss XBoxes 361 through 1079?!?"

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