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July 28, 2009 / Joe Osborne

Coffee Talk: Has Nintendo Blazed the Trail for Future Gaming?

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We’re sure many of you know, the internet is surging with rumors that both Sony and Microsoft may be developing new motion controllers and peripherals, respectively. A recent Sony patent, which looks a bit too similar to the Wii’s setup, aims to capitalize improve on Nintendo’s already popular control scheme as well as the upcoming Wii MotionPlus. Microsoft, on the other hand, apparently wants to change the way games are played on the Xbox 360 altogether with full body and sound recognition.

Now, this type of thing happens all the time. Someone invents a product that innovates an industry and, soon enough, products that improve upon the original are developed and released by competitors. Nintendo knows this pattern all too well. With that said, are the other combatants of the console wars simply adapting to a common enemy or is the industry truly on to something here? Think about this as you take a quick glance into our possible future after the break.

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While the major players in the industry are rumored to be preparing for the future of video games, some independents are showing off some interesting developments right now. Take Mgestyk with their camera tracking system, for example. The camera is designed to track not only your movements, but their depth, in reference to the camera, as well.

How about NeuroSky’s brain controller that can essentially read your brainwaves and apply them to visual stimuli? This may seem like somewhat of a stretch now, but it’s only a matter of time before the big three catch on to the idea of thinking through your games (and most likely improve upon it).

So, let us know what you think. Are innovations like full body control and mind reading devices where the gaming industry is headed or is this simply a fad? Where do you see gaming interfaces in the next few generations, if not years? Give us your two cents in the comment box.

(Images Via Engadget and Day Life)

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