Microsoft's presentation for Project Natal was a showstopper; Sony's wasn't. Sony's played out more like a science project, but lacking flash didn't make the technology any less impressive. The company also one-upped Microsoft and slapped a shipping date on the technology -- sometime in spring 2010 -- which underscores its importance, according to a GamesIndustry.biz interview with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president and CEO Andrew House.
House says their motion controller technology is critical to engaging their 10-year target lifespan for PlayStation 3.
"[It's] one of the essentials," he said. "But the PlayStation 3 is also one of the best Blu-ray players around for high-definition movies and that almost gets lost in the mix. That gives it an enormous sense of longevity, people want the best if they are buying into high-definition entertainment from a television standpoint or from a movie standpoint. That's an inherently long lifecycle and it helps bolster the traditional gaming lifecycle as well."
GamesIndustry.biz pushed House on the possibility Sony would be so aggressive about moving the technology into households that hardware bundles were on the table.
"It's possible," he teased, "but spring is a long way away."
When do you think we'll see the first games? Tokyo Game Show? Games Convention? The EyeToy team is located in Europe, so it wouldn't be out of the question that group would have something ready to show by the time Games Convention rolls around.