Analyst Sides with Sony Motion Control, says Natal too Casual

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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 “opinionated” 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,” he chided.

He accused Microsoft of trying to steal away Nintendo’s market share, saying “Microsoft 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).”

“In contrast, Sony is squarely targeting the core gamer market, which is what they need to be doing,” 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

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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