Wednesday, July 20, 2005

3D after all?, part II

I have only just come across this EE Times article, published at the end of May. It relates to Neurosky, who were mentioned a month or so ago on the Nintendo forums and who I wrote this post about.
Five companies, including a Bluetooth headset provider, game console maker and trucking company, are said to have signed up to market end-user products containing NeuroSky's chips.(...)

NeuroSky is working with videogame console makers on an application to sense the mood of the gamer and adjust the game accordingly. "It's like having a dancing partner who follows your lead," said Yang.

In difference to a possible Nintendo / NASA connection I wrote about in the first part of this post, this new (old) article actually mentions that the investor is a console manufacturer. That means it´s down to the big three. Now, the very idea would hardly be considered by Microsoft or Sony. So it pretty much has to be Nintendo.

If you read my old post on Neurosky, thoughts on thoughts, this technology is nowhere near as advanced to allow the gamer to steer a car or negotiate a 3D environment. If it´s just a matter of sensing the mood of the gamer and adjusting the game accordingly, that could indeed be a possibility. I remember there were rumours before the E3 that Nintendo would include this very kind of feature. If I remember correctly, the rumours related to a heart rate monitor. The practical upshot is the same, though. You are playing a horror game that knows when you are afraid. Doors unlock only when you have calmed down. That could well be a possibility.

Sorry if you have come across this before. I know this was posted two weeks ago on this Nintendo forum thread. But the story received too little attention, I guess. I didn´t see it until now, anyway.

EDIT The EE Times posted an earlier article concerning Neurosky. Here´s the interesting bit:

NeuroSky (Santa Clara, Calif.), a fabless design house that consists of U.S. chip designers and neuroscience experts from Moscow National University, is developing a dry sensor product, a signal processing chipset, and intellectual property (IP). The company also claims to have an exclusive license to brainwave interpretation algorithms, which were developed in Russia.

The company said it will embed these components in a lightweight, low-cost headset, which will interact with separate electronic and electromechanical devices in "neural-mapping" applications. Initially, it will focus on three applications: sleep/drowsiness detectors for the automotive and industrial markets; therapeutic solutions for attention deficit disorder (ADD) problems; and gaming consoles. (...)

The company, which has 17 employees, has obtained less than $1 million in funding thus far. It plans to raise some $3-to-$5 million of Series A financing in the near future.

The funding will enable the company to develop its product line, which is slated for 2006. This funding will also be used to put the chipset into production, strengthen its patent portfolio, and boost its marketing and sales efforts.

Just to show they will be able to mass-produce by 2006. Happy speculating, everyone!

39 comments:

MR.Nintendo said...

Thanks Falafelkid!

First Post after a Big Story.

Great Info!

No much to say, after today's RE5 news...

Shall we shoot down the previous rumors, or let them revive?

Complicated.

Anonymous said...

Very very interesting...

DlphnMod said...

wait what RE5 news???

TELL ME!

DlphnMod said...

Nevermind. I saw. I hate life now. It better come our on REV, or i'll cry.

MR.Nintendo said...

Ok, RE5 was announced for PS3 and Xbox360, not mentioned a word about Revolution,

Obviously, Reggie said 3rd parties had seen the controller, I guess those should include Capcom.

Anyway, back to this 3D news, would that somehow drives gamers to have mental problems....hehe, i hope not.

Brainwavy controller.

Falafelkid said...

I talked to Capcom yesterday. RE5 is not planned for the Rev at all. Sure, that may change at a later date, but the Rev would have to come out tops before they reconsider, I guess. They have seen the controller, so they already know the ´secret´. Sorry, I guess their decision seems pretty final.

Anonymous said...

falafekid,

you are kidding me when you said it was not planned for revolution. re4 was the only game i loved this generation. how could they dammmit capcom dammit.

Falafelkid said...

Sorry, it´s not being developed for Rev as far as I know.

Anonymous said...

did capcxom tell you or indicate any reason why, from the looks of the game it seems it has been indevelopment since last year on the xbox dev kits. and from what i have read mikami is not on the project so is most of the res 4 team. hmmm

DlphnMod said...

I can guarantee the reason is because the hardware is not strong enough to make the port work. This is gonna come back to bite them so many times.

Note: It cannot have anything to do with not liking the controller because they still have the option to use the GC pads.

It has to be weak hardware and/or lack of HD support.

So allow me to climb a hilltop and scream obsenities. Looks like i'm buying an XBOX 360.

ashpool said...

Or it could be that Capcom has embraced the revolutionary features of the system and are making a "special" Resident Evil game for Nintendo.

sssd said...

i hope that's the reason.

it is getting frighteningly deserted on the revolution game announcement front, though.

I hope this guy is right....

Anonymous said...

DlphnMod, how exactly can you 'guarantee' the hardware is not powerful enough.

That's a dumb thing to say considering Nintendo has not released ANY specs on the unit.

Kraid said...

I found this on a forum :
" Translated from the Japanese Capcom boards:

Right now Resident Evil 5 is only in development for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, we are currently planning a Revolution version as soon as Nintendo releases more info on their console since we have been approached by Nintendo on continuing the RE franchise on their next system. We replied that if Resident Evil 4 did well then it would be a good possibility and it has met expectations so far and will reach our target of 1.8 million by the end of the year. We have not yet received much information on their hardware but they said that once their controller was finished they would start sending development kits."
So all Nintendo needs to do is finish the controller then a RE sequel will head to Revolution. ARE YOU HAPPY NOW! "

But I don't know if this is official...

sssd said...

@Kraid

as much as that sounds reasonable, I have a hard time believing anything at this point that doesn't come with an official seal.

Where did you see this? and falafelkid - you're sure capcom has dev kits, right?

Anonymous said...

I think "Blogging sucks t3h p33nz0r" is on the right direction here.

Capcom as Square|Enix are company roted from a japanese culture. Therefore Capcom will like Square|Enix did with their Final Fantay series, not to lose face by keep on their RE/FF Series on Sony but a spin-of title(s) on Nintendo alà Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles.

Remember that Sony and not Nintendo who helped both company's bost their
sales thnks to the playstation popularity.

But of course, both company or more exacly Capcom, Enix and Square + have had a healthy parnerships before even Sony was in the picture. And now that old man Mr Hiroshi Yamauchi finnaly stept down and Nintendo learned their misstakes and accept their defeat and honorbly make that up by listened to their partners wishes - then I think we will defenetly see the return of the kings!

oh btw, soory for my sooo bad typings. But I hope you undertood what I wanted to say.

/Madoxan

Anonymous said...

I think "Blogging sucks t3h p33nz0r" is on the right direction here.

Capcom and Square|Enix are company's who's has rots in the japanese culture. Therefore Capcom will like Square|Enix did with their Final Fantay series, not to lose face by keep on their RE/FF Series on Sony but a spin-of title(s) on Nintendo alà Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles.

Remember that Sony and not Nintendo who helped both company's bost their
sales thnks to the playstation popularity.

But of course, both company or more exacly Capcom, Enix and Square + have had a healthy parnerships before even Sony was in the picture. And now that old man Mr Hiroshi Yamauchi finnaly stept down and Nintendo learned their misstakes and accept their defeat and honorbly make that up by listened to their partners wishes - then I think we will defenetly see the return of the kings!

oh btw, soory for my sooo bad typings. But I hope you undertood what I wanted to say.

/Madoxan

Anonymous said...

Falafelkid, I'm not sure why Capcom would tell you if it was coming for the RS if it was a secret. Also, isn't it interesting that Takeuchi stated one of the main goals was to convey atmophere, to the point where players can feel the hot air of the desert. Where it gets so hot, they will need to seek the sanctuary of a cool cave. Sound familiar? Perhaps Capcom no longer needs to give nintendo exclusives, since the system itself will deliver mechanics unavailable on other consoles. Something to think about.

CountChocula said...

Capcom's decision is really dissapointing. It could be that Capcom and Nintendo are somehow at odds. After Capcom's decision for RE4 not to be a Gamecube exclusive, not having Okami on the GCN, and now this, it's hard not to imagine that there's been a fissure in the companies ties.

Takeshi_Kovacs said...

looks like another 'insider' is spilling the beans over at http://revofacts.blogspot.com/
just a pity he could not provide a credible source on Miyamoto interview, (which is basically what Miyamoto said at E3)..
ah well, hopefully the nintendo dealer fair will reveal something for us to get hyped about...

Nomadx469 said...
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Nomadx469 said...

"Capcom's brief announcement did not mention a ship date for Resident Evil 5 for the Xbox 360, which is due in Q4 2005, or the PlayStation, which currently has a "Spring 2006" launch window. American Capcom reps told GameSpot that they "do not have any further details at this time" on the announced versions or a potential version for Nintendo's Revolution, which was not mentioned in the release."

Source: Gamespot

Gamers the keyword is "potential"
In time we'll know

Benihana said...

@Dotstream & Soundvoyager

http://www.gfdata.de/archiv07-2005-gamefront/juli-02.html

You only have to scroll down till the end of the page.
It's the eleventh post from the bottom.

P.s.
Nice Work :-)

Benihana said...

http://www.nintendo-inside.jp/news/166/16661.html

Here's also the original (I think so ^^)Post.

Anonymous said...

Benihana said...

@Dotstream & Soundvoyager

http://www.gfdata.de/archiv07-2005-gamefront/juli-02.html

You only have to scroll down till the end of the page.
It's the eleventh post from the bottom.

P.s.
Nice Work :-)

please what are you talking about?

Raphael said...

http://www.nintendojo.com/infocus/view_item.php?1121875790

DlphnMod said...

Do not believe SeriousGamer's Killer Instinct bullshit. He is misleading you with that trademark link.

If you follow his link, click the button that says assign status and you will see that Killer Instinct just like every other Rare IP was fully assigned to Rare's ownership.

DO NOT BELIEVE THIS GUY's LIES!!

Grahf said...

@ DlphnMod

True. Killer Instinct and everything about it are owned by Rare. 7/1/2003 for the date.

Okay, lets stop turning Falafel's comment threads into message boards, and let us all stop commenting on SeriousGamer007, ESPECIALLY here of all places.

Thanks for keeping it real, all!

Falafelkid said...

Yeah, I stopped posting anything about Seriousgamer007. He is just an idiot and I only visit his blog when I need a good laugh. I really appreciate that all the people who come to this site don´t give a f**k what he says.

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