Xbox 360 Motion Sensing Tech Just Cameras?

Last week Engadget received a tip (no idea how reliable) saying that Microsoft is “building a ‘sensor bar’ of sorts, but instead of detecting the waggles of Wiimote-like controllers, it detects full body movement and sound, sans controllers.”

According to the tip, the sensor includes a camera in it, capable of video conferencing (perhaps replacing the Xbox Live Vision camera?). The sensor is supposedly able to read full body and hand gestures, allowing the player to perform gestures such as punching, kicking. It’ll also be able to pick up small hand gestures for grabbing or scrolling.

If such motion sensing device for the Xbox 360 were in the works, it could just be the product of involvement between Microsoft and 3DV Systems. Reports from February put 3DV in Microsoft’s acquisition territory.

3DV’s product is a camera called the ZCam, which is able to measure depth in captured subjects. The sensed movements captured by the camera are then translated into input information, which could be applied directly into games.

Those who had tried the ZCam said that it was far more accurate at sensing motion than what the Nintendo Wii is capable of. Click here for that original story.

Hopefully we’ll hear about this product officially next month at E3.

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  • I'm on the fence about motion controls. Maybe because it's been done so poorly IMO. If this works maybe it'll be alright but maybe I'm just old school that I like my analog sticks.
  • So I'm running through a level of L4D and I sneeze or scratch some body part, my character will just fall down or stop to admire the horde that is in tow thus ending his life?

    I think I will stick with the old school controllers.
  • tenor77I'm just old school that I like my analog sticks.

    I'm with you there. The issue with motion controls is it just feels way to gimmicky. I can't imagine a bunch of people setting up huge Virtua Fighter tourneys if they had to make silly gestures to pull off complex combos. It really makes it more difficult to take gaming seriously.

    But I could see it being interesting for a few games, but using it as the sole control method is just retarded.