Posted by Canuck 102 on January 20, 2010
With both the PS3 Motion Controller (rumoured to be called “Arc”) and the Xbox 360 Project Natal having probable release dates for Holiday 2010, it is only natural to ask which one will be better. Since that neither of these technologies are out on the market, it is only fair to ask “Which one will have more potential?”
The short answer to the question is Project Natal by a landslide. Before anybody rips my head off, let me explain.
From what we know and a little bit of speculation, the PS3 motion controller works by having the Eye Toy “sense“ the tip of the wand that has a light attached to it. The controller will most likely contain at least one accelerometer to determine what angle the controller is on and help with keeping track of the motion. This allows for all 3-axis to be measured in a 1:1 motion and at what angle the remote is pointed on the screen. In comparison, the Wii remote uses infrared (IR) sensing technology as well as three accelerometers (one for each axis). These two technologies work together and apparently provides a 1:1 motion control. One advantage that the PS3 Motion Controller will have over the Wii is the ability to track the z-axis (distance from television to remote) accurately because the PS3 relies on both the accelerometers as well as the camera. To track motion in the z-axis, the Wii relies solely on the lone accelerometer. Another advantage that the PS3 Motion Controller will have over the Wii is far better graphics (and hopefully more hardcore games). Since the PS3 has the same capabilities as the Wii and more, it is safe to say that the PS3 Motion Controller can do whatever the Wii remote can do and more.
On the other hand, we have Project Natal having the ability to track the entire body as well as voice. I am not going to waste any time on explaining why the voice feature may be used; it is a fairly common technology with obvious applications. What intrigues me was how the motion capture worked and what it could be used for. Project Natal is works via a special type of camera called a “time-of-flight camera.” It essentially shoots out signals, have them bounce back, and then reads them. Then with sophisticated algorithms, develops an image of whatever is in front of it.
This means that you could possibly hold any stick (like a wood stick, plastic gun, baseball bat, the PS3 wand, Wii remote etc.) and it could possibly be able to detect it, in 1:1 motion and at what angle you are at. Basically, Natal could be able to do anything the PS3 or Wii can do and so much more. Granted, with the recent leak that Natal could use up a portion of a processor on the Xbox, it seems like the PS3 will have better graphics.
Once again, I must stress that both of these technologies are not on the market and how they are going to work is not yet fully known, so this article is purely written about the potential of these add-ons .
Think I missed anything on either Natal or the Motion Controller? Have any more potential ideas for this technology? Leave it on the boards or in the comments.
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