For some reason the videogame industry is peppered with people who have opinions, and want them known. When you work for a business focus firm, instead being called â€œopinionatedâ€ you get to be called an analyst. This time, that analyst is Doug Creutz of Cowen and Company who, in an interview with Gamasutra had a few words to say about the new motion control schemes debuted by Sony and Microsoft.
Which did he favour? Well, he thinks Sony’s offering is “superior from a gaming perspective”.
“Natal appeared to me to be a technological solution in search of a problem,” he added. “Do I really care if I can navigate my Netflix queue without using a controller? “I had a very hard time envisioning playing Modern Warfare 3 using Natal. By contrast, I had a very easy time envisioning it (and enjoying it) using Sony’s control/motion capture scheme,â€ he chided.
He accused Microsoft of trying to steal away Nintendo’s market share, saying â€œMicrosoft appears to be trying to steal casual gamers away from Nintendo, which is a difficult proposition given that you’re essentially asking casual gamers to upgrade twice during the cycle (assuming they already own a Wii).â€
“In contrast, Sony is squarely targeting the core gamer market, which is what they need to be doing,â€ the analyst concluded.
You know what? I agree with the guy. As excited as I am for Natal and the technology behind it, as it stands right now it just seems that Sony’s hardware is better suited for gamer’s games. As a long-suffering Wii owner I’m yet to be convinced that motion control is really superior to the tried-and-trusted conventional controller – but the closer we get to 1:1 control the closer I come to being a convert.
Source : Gamasutra
Last Updated: June 29, 2009