Motion Control

Nintendo Announces the Wii 2!

By now your Wii is probably sitting alone in a corner, collecting dust, weeping. That’s right, feel guilty about you neglected console.  But let’s face it, if you live in a multi-console home there are simply less and less reasons to turn on your Wii when the Xbox 360 and PS3 outmatch it at every turn. Especially since the introduction of motion control for these other systems the allure of the Wii has faded.

Nintendo is thinking ahead though, and again they will be the forerunners of a new generation of gaming consoles. Announced today, the Wii is getting a sequel. The as-of-yet unnamed console could be releasing as early as April 2012 and could also be sporting some seriously beefy specs. Kotaku originally leaked some supposed specifications for a new Nintendo project, “Project Cafe” which is thought by many to be the infamous Wii 2. Here’s what they uncovered,

• GPU – Wii 2’s GPU will be a modified version of AMD’s R700 architecture.
• CPU – The CPU will be a custom-designed triple-core version of the IBM PowerPC chipset.
• Visuals – Project Cafe will run in 1080p, and may be able to utilize Stereoscopic 3D, though it hasn’t been confirmed as a feature.
• Size & Design – The console will be around the same size as the first-gen Xbox 360, and may be designed to look like a futuristic looking Super Nintendo.
• Price – Say goodbye to Nintendo having the “budget” console: Project Cafe may cost between 350 and 400 dollars.
• Release Date – Supposedly, the Cafe itself could be ready to ship from the manufacturer to retailers as soon as mid-to-late October, but in order to give developers more time with the new hardware, Nintendo may not launch the console until early 2012.

They are also reporting the system’s controller might be, “a novel controller interface which marries a traditional d-pad-and-buttons scheme with a large touch-screen input.” IGN posted a supposed mock-up,

Of course, all of this is rumor and speculation, like about 95% of the internet. Nintendo is expected to unveil this new console at E3 this June.

A new Wii? With boosted specs will it be enough to finally surpass that incredible machine, PS3? I’d hope so. Nintendo is the grand-daddy of home gaming systems. It would be nice to see it step up with current convenience, like HD video and a more powerful CPU. I need to see Mario is glorious 1080p! And a controller which includes a touchscreen interface? I’m extremely intrigued. While this new Wii will supposedly also work current Wiimotes a touchscreen controller is a step in a very different direction. The Wii was all about motion so I was expecting something similar to the Kinect. But maybe Nintendo’s realized motion controlling is a bit of fad and aren’t relying on it for their next system.

Who knows!? But please begin speculating with us, we’ve only got two months to start guessing and then be proven wrong and be possibly disappointed by  E3! Only two months!

source: Kotaku

 

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How much would you pay to dodge fake red balls in your living room? Well, with the power of your imagination, it would be free but Microsoft wants the money. Rumors for the pricing of Microsoft’s motion camera has been talked about ever since the announcement of the project. With talks going as high to $500 to as low as $50, a source from Edge magazine may have brought us one of Microsoft’s E3 announcement a bit early for us. According to the source, Natal will be priced at $149 with the release date falling some time around October 26th. The source also said that Natal will be bundle with the 360 Arcade unit, which is priced at $199.99 at the moment, for $299. If this source is to be trusted, is this price just right for ya gamers?

Knowing that Sony has announced that most bundles for the Playstation Move, which will include a PS3 Eye, the Move controller, and a game that supports the Move, will be under $100; should Microsoft lower the price to match the Move bundle price? Both Sony and Microsoft is trying to rip off and steal the Wii audience, but also try to extend the shelf life for both current gen consoles by doing this. Do ya’ll think it’s too late for both companies to jump on the motion control bandwagon (even though Sony had the PS2 Eye before the Wii) or will this give you more reason to play with the consoles. Microsoft seems to be pushing Natal since they will have Cirque du Soleil to help promote it a day before E3…yup, you read that right.

Check after the jump for some Project Natal video.

Source: Destructoid, Gizmodo (more…)

Wii-Play-Hard-8-450x300I, like most gamers, like to sit down on the couch and get into a game for hours, to the point that when you get up, your legs hurt from trying to do something healthy, such as walking. Well, all thanks to the Nintendo Wii, not all games can be played sitting down and with PS3 Move and 360’s Natal coming out soon, even more games can’t be played sitting down. Mega64, known for making hilarious videos based on video game culture, just released a new one with their opinion on the whole motion control situation that only has a sad ending so check the video out after the break. Will motion controls be the death of us gamers or are we going to start getting healthy all thanks to this?

Source: Unreality Magazine, YouTube Video

Sony Revealed The PlayStation Move

166506-psmoveWell, here’s the HD Wii Console everyone has been waiting for. Yesterday, Sony had a conference at GDC and it was all about one thing, the PlayStation Move. Sony talked about how the Wii gamers will eventually buy a HDTV and would want a HD Console to play motion control games, so they are hoping those audiences to “move” towards the PS3 as they say, it does everything. With certain games, players will either use one or two Move controllers or one Move controller and a Sub-controller (ala Nunchuck for the Wiimote). A lot of people have been bashing it calling the Waggle 2.0 or like joked above, Wii HD, but there are people who got their hands on the device and was very impressed with it. As far as how your resident PS3 fanboy feels about it, well, just have to wait and see when it comes out as I will buy it just to try it out (or if Sony would like to help this poor college student out, GIVE ME ONE!!!). Either way, Sony does want the PS3 to do everything as they will also have the firmware update to play games in 3D with the new 3D HD TV’s coming out later this year. What do you guys think? You think too late for Sony to try to do this and tha Microsoft’s Project Natal is the future? Or does the Move seems good and it will probably be a hit. Check after the break for a nice vid Joystiq put together that features the games of PlayStation Move.

Source: Joystiq, Destructoid