New software enhances ‘motion-controlled’ games

Activate3D state in a press release that the success of Microsoft’s Kinect, nearly a decade of motion capture academic research, and six months of behind-the-scenes product development have led to the creation of Activate3D’s Intelligent Character Motion software. 

The software reportedly expands the possibilities for enhanced character motion in video games that use natural interaction devices such as Kinect. Based on a patent-pending set of algorithms, ICM promises to dramatically enhance the immersive quality and playability of video games.  

Kinect to quadruple accuracy?

Apparently, Microsoft’s Kinect team is working “very hard” on a switching or compression technology that will allow a greater amount of data to pass through Kinect to the Xbox 360 console.  This is according to a source as reported by Eurogamer.

This is not completely impossible, as the Kinect features are firmware based, allowing them to be added to and upgraded over time.  This includes the depth sensor which is currently set at a 30 frames per second limit and a 320×240 resolution limit.  A potential upgrade to 640×480 resolution and the Kinect could begin to detect fingers and hand rotation – essentially quadrupling its accuracy.

Core games remain the ‘best investment’ for game publishers

A new survey by Cowan & Company as reported by GamesIndustryBiz, reveals that titles for the ‘core’ audience is in fact still the best investment game publishes. This comes as a bit of a surprise as online social gaming, portable gaming  and digital distribution is growing at a rapid rate.

The survey showed that less than 5% of 2301 respondents said that they had bought fewer console games as a result of increased time playing online, social or free-to-play titles, and games on hardware such as the iPad.

And although demand for motion controllers Move and Kinect is high amongst owners of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the results indicate that demand from non-owners of the home consoles appears “tepid.”