Microsoft has come up with a new system that could make joy pads history.
The system, known as Project Natal, enables people to play video games without the use of hand-held controller. Instead they control the on-screen action with their voices and body movements. Microsoft hopes that it will draw in an older generation of gamers, which the market has yet to entice.
Its new game control device that allows “more simple, more intuitive, more natural” game playing would be ready for release by the end of the year.
“With Project Natal we are removing the last barrier to gaming, the controller, freeing you to have the experience you want with technology that is natural for you,” Times Online quoted Robbie Bach, Microsoft’s president of entertainment and devices, as saying at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Project Natal system will be available on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 video console and will go on sale in the US in November. The system uses a 3-D camera connected to an Xbox 360 console to interpret the position of the player and replicate his or her actions on screen.