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Rumble is rudimentary… last gen?

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Where have we heard this before I wonder… Kudo Tsunoda the general manager of Microsoft Game Studios has been chatting to Edge Magazine about Kinect and Microsoft Game Studios in general.

One of the more interesting points however is when they get onto the topic of physical feedback and tactile awareness, something the Kinect is completely incapable of doing.

According to Kudo

“The overwhelming thing we’ve discovered is that rumble is such a rudimentary form of haptic feedback. It’s not like a little rumble in your palm is your whole way of interacting with the world – it’s not like, ‘Oh, I stubbed my toe and I get a little rumble in my palm’.

“It’s almost laughable the way people hold on to rumble as the holy grail of haptic feedback. We’ve gone so far past anything that can be done with rumble, or that kind of restrictive thing you have to hold. It’s been creatively liberating to work on this stuff.”

This sounds distinctly familiar to Sony’s excuses before they resolved that court case over rumble and force feedback, it didn’t matter how many times they told us that we didn’t need Rumble in the end it became blatantly obvious that not only do we want Rumble but we also really needed it to feel immersed in the game.

I can promise you now as soon as Microsoft figure out how to give tactile feedback while using Kinect they will once again be telling the world how awesome Rumble is and how you can’t game without it.

Source: Next-gen.biz

Last Updated: July 9, 2010


  1. Al360rulz

    July 9, 2010 at 12:15

    so tru so tru


  2. bokka1

    July 9, 2010 at 13:09

    I don’t know why it is such a problem, surely it was clear from the outset that there will be no rumble. How are you going to get rumble if you don’t have a controller?

    PC gamers have been playing for years without rumble.


  3. Nick de Bruyne

    July 9, 2010 at 13:17

    I actually met Kudo Tsunoda at E3 and had a chat with him about a few things. He is a nice guy, but very, very strange and I think he is wrong about rumble.


  4. bokka1

    July 9, 2010 at 13:30

    I agree that he is wrong about the rumble although I don’t know why he downplayed rumble instead of just saying that they are going for a different type of experience with Kinect. A bad PRO job on his side.


  5. Nick de Bruyne

    July 9, 2010 at 13:39

    I agree with that 100% – very right, and he should have thought about that before shooting down rumble.

    Can’t wait for the “Kinect Rumble Leotard” to be released.


  6. Bobby Kotick has a stirring

    July 9, 2010 at 13:50

    Something tells me we’ll see a rumble vest for Kinect soon (ala lazerquest rumble vests…) 😛


  7. Gavin Mannion

    July 9, 2010 at 14:03

    Maybe we should get into this business stream early.. Rumble Leotards and vests here we come..

    Rumble Panties for the long lonely nights while the husband is away?


  8. AC!D

    July 9, 2010 at 14:25

    Something tells me a couple of months after Kinect launches we are going to see a tons of new but cheap controllers for use with Kinect. They probably dont want to mention it right now because of the high price of Kinect.


  9. Nick de Bruyne

    July 9, 2010 at 14:37

    I think so too. For now they really want to push on controller-free gaming, and of course distract people from the price – but I see no reason why they shouldn’t release a simple controller to use together with Kinect, it will only make things better.


  10. RSA-Ace

    July 9, 2010 at 15:12

    MS really should’ve shown some people sitting down with controller AND using kinect. That’s the best thing about kinect (well that would be the best thing about it)


  11. Nick de Bruyne

    July 9, 2010 at 15:17

    @RSA-Ace – They couldn’t because they haven’t actually gotten it to work yet. They say it will be sorted by the time it releases.


  12. RSA-Ace

    July 9, 2010 at 20:28

    Well of course tell will say that. Kinect seems more of a wait and see thing for me.


  13. Uberutang

    July 12, 2010 at 13:47

    Wait and wave… and wait and wave…


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