Xbox 360 Natal Half-Life 2 video leaked?

A video clip could be a preview of Microsoft's motion-control technology for Xbox gaming consoles

Is the following clip of someone ostensibly playing Valve's Half Life 2 on an Xbox 360 with their arms and fingers a glimpse of things to come from Microsoft's Project Natal?

In the grainy, jerky video noticed by Gossip Gamer, a player gesticulates not unlike Tom Cruise in Minority Report, signaling with his arms and flexing his digits to pan his view around the rebel research lab visited toward the beginning of the dystopian sci-fi shooter. He holds his right arm rigid, almost like a breakdancer about to do the robot, swinging it left or right and slightly up or down to maneuver the camera in turn. His index and middle fingers appear extended, gun-like, while the other fingers curl under. The motion capture device itself -- presumably (though not verifiably) the Natal camera -- rests on a tripod below the screen just a few feet in front of him.

At about the 0:30 mark, his left hand makes an appearance (it's hidden by his body, interposed between it and whoever's filming) and illustrates fine-motion control. His right arm aims the camera, while the left "grabs" the view and shifts it in smaller increments, allowing him to "feel around" the table and explore more carefully. It's not apparent how he's moving forward or backward, but I'm assuming that's done with the (hidden) left hand too.

Roughly 0:50 in, he interacts with a device on one of the tables by thrusting his left hand forward, as if "pressing" a button.

Assuming this footage is real and not faked, it could be from anything. Early beta, late beta, alpha demo, recent demo, etc. Again, if it's legit, it gives a broad sense of how we might interact with first-person shooters courtesy Natal when it ships this spring, though critical other elements like shooting, reloading, jumping, crouching, and switching weapons aren't displayed in the clip.

Who leaked it? Who knows. It sure looks cool. Question is, will it feel cool when you're doing all that without tactile feedback.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Matt Peckham

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?