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Xbox 360 Gets Vision Camera This Fall 38

Posted by Zonk
from the i-can-see-you dept.
GinoMGG writes "During Major Nelson's latest podcast an interviewee let slip the release date for the Xbox Vision camera. According to the Microsoft staffer American and European gamers should expect the Vision camera on September 19th. Coming this holiday season, Vision will be available on three games, including UNO and World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions." You can see the camera in action on a humorous Kotaku post from today.
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Xbox 360 Gets Vision Camera This Fall

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  • Suspicious (Score:2, Interesting)

    by lbmouse (473316)
    "When we have the information highway, I'll put it out there. Everybody who wants to pay, I don't know, one cent, can see what movies I'm watching and what books I'm reading and certain other information. If I'm still interesting, I'll rack up dollars as people access that part of the highway." ~ Bill Gates - Source Playboy Magazine Interview, 1994

    Looks like Bill is pulling another ol' switcheroo. He wants you to pay him so that he can watch you.

  • by Dr. Eggman (932300) on Tuesday May 30, 2006 @12:46PM (#15429539)
    I think I'll wait on camera games until on-the-fly video enhancement technology catches up. Not that I need it, but there are plenty of people out there that need a little touching up...
  • Perhaps this will inspire gamers to concern themselves with excercise and hygene more....

    /ducks

  • by billwake (301057) on Tuesday May 30, 2006 @01:01PM (#15429661)
    http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/03/14 [penny-arcade.com]

    Pictures of the twins!
  • Was waiting for a poker card game to come out for it. Add a camera and it sounds like LOADS of fun! Good thing there exists a powerful high performing next generation game platform to render those cards in unprecedented resolution. I might have to buy an HDTV too!

    Honestly, maybe they might use all that extra wasted processing power to implement a bluff detector in the game based on biometric feedback from the camera.

    Come on! I mean, a freakin card game is the biggest thing Xbox360 will offer for a camera
    • by Anonymous Coward
      add voicechat to the card game. add avatars that look like you (due to the camera). add betting with microsoft points or a non-realmoney based pointsystem just for the poker game (could be done easily through xbox live). add matched gaming due to gamer scores (play with evenly ranked opponents). add a ladder system (xbox live rankings). and it seems like the high def pokergame you hate turns into a nicely full featured cheap (purchased through xbox live or included with the camera) game. maybe none of
    • by westlake (615356) on Tuesday May 30, 2006 @01:50PM (#15430215)
      Was waiting for a poker card game to come out for it. Add a camera and it sounds like LOADS of fun! Good thing there exists a powerful high performing next generation game platform to render those cards in unprecedented resolution. I might have to buy an HDTV too!

      There is nothing quite like sitting across the table from your opponents, seeing and hearing their reactons.
      Socializing is a big part of the casual gaming experience off-line, whether it is Bingo Night at the Catholic church or Monopoly played on the kitchen table.

    • Honestly, maybe they might use all that extra wasted processing power to implement a bluff detector in the game based on biometric feedback from the camera.

      Maybe you'd like to tell them how to write a program like that.

      Come on! I mean, a freakin card game is the biggest thing Xbox360 will offer for a camera accessory?

      You can see the future and know this is the biggest thing they will offer? My, I am impressed.

    • Yeah, Nintendo's the only game company to ever use gimmicks. Ever. The Eyetoy, VMU, and Sega CD/32x hybrid games never even existed.
  • EyeToy? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by tepples (727027) <tepples@[ ]il.com ['gma' in gap]> on Tuesday May 30, 2006 @01:26PM (#15429980) Homepage Journal

    Let's see: Nintendo copies Xbox Live Arcade, Sony copies Wiimote's motion sensitivity, and now Microsoft copies PS2's EyeToy, is there any innovation anymore?

    • Let's see: Nintendo copies Xbox Live Arcade, Sony copies Wiimote's motion sensitivity, and now Microsoft copies PS2's EyeToy, is there any innovation anymore? But what I think is: Sony copies Wiimote's motion sensitivity, Nintendo copies Xbox Live Arcade, and now Microsoft copies PS2's EyeToy, is there any innovation anymore?
    • Re:EyeToy? (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Um... yes? You just listed three recent examples: Microsoft's XBox Live Arcade, Nintendo's Wiimote, and Sony's EyeToy. Where's the problem?
      • Exactly. What did you think is going to happen? People make something good, and then another person copies it, to make it good for them, and then they have to go and make something else that the other company doesnt have... its all innovation... It might not be as fast, but thats because the ind:t8:y has matured. It happens.
    • He said a pinball game could make use of arms as bumpers, though it could get tiring.

      This quote caught my attention because it exposes the doubts I have about any sort of VR controller, including the Wii.

    • Of course they are going to do that. Look at operating systems, or cars, or almost any other business. The innovation only happens once, after that a business has to continue to innovate whilst "catching up" with innovations created by their competitors. Would you rather only one car manufaturer have air conditioning whilst the others focus solely on innovation, or them all have A/C and all continue innovating? Would you rather only Nintendo have the analog stick on their controller, or all 3 console ma
    • Let's see... networked game delivery has existed since at least the Genesis/Super NES days, and let's not forget shareware. So really Microsoft was copying these guys.
    • Apparently everyone copies nintendo. Gameboy camera anyone? [tapir.org]
    • Well if you believe half the foks around here you'd think Sony copied the eyeToy, light gun, Buzz controls, Singstar microphones and Guitar hero from Nintendo.

    • I know you are just trying to make a joke, but you are being deliberately obtuse.

      Copying:
      Microsoft copies the EyeToy
      Sony copies the Wii-mote
      Sony copies Xbox Live

      Innovation:
      Nintendo invent the Wii-mote

      As to xbox live Nintendo haven't copied anything, in fact I wish they did. Their online service is very limited and doesn't even begin to offer what Microsoft do. I see where they are coming from (ease of use and protecting kids from unsavory types) but it would be nice if it was a lockable feature that parents
  • The kiddies can hardly play a game with out swearing every other word and trying to get you angry by insulting your mother.

    How long until this is used by them to just make their in game avatars and on screen camera shots be nothing but penis? You just wait and see..
    • How long until this is used by them to just make their in game avatars and on screen camera shots be nothing but penis? You just wait and see..

      I hope so, at least for the online poker game. A penis would be far easier to read than a face when it comes to bluffing...
    • The kiddies can hardly play a game with out swearing every other word

      Which is why you begin with a game the kiddies can't play worth a damn, like poker.
      Sell the webcam gaming experience like you would a Casino: Adults Only. But leave the sex trade to the suckers prowling the adult book stores on Nineteeth Street.

    • Let's look at an example of how this will work out:

      3:00 PM - Kiddie gets out of school
      3:30 PM - Kiddie gets new XKam-Xtreme (come on, you know it's going to have a dumb name.)
      3:45 PM - Kiddie jizzes all over the place taking it out of the box
      3:46 PM - First ball shot taken
      3:50 PM - Banned from Xbox Live for life

      Problem solved.

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