Last months plausible speculation that the Nintendo Revolution would feature a 3D projection functionality has been rebuked, not by Nintendo but by another piece of rumour to hit the Internets.
A post on the e-empire.com forums purportedly from an anonymous former Nintendo employee dismisses the 3D rumour, and includes detailed information on a lot of features of the console, such as pressure-sensitive wireless controllers, an online service that will trump XBox Live and an extremely advanced voice-control system.
There’s not much longer to wait until we get definite information from Nintendo at E3, but this makes for some interesting reading until then:
First off, the 3D visuals he mentioned have nothing to do with the system. Nintendo isn’t crazy.
It will also have gyroscopic controls, but like Brooke said, not all the games will use it. For instance, earlier I mentioned Nintendo has a Halo killer in development for the Revolution. This game will use the gyroscopic controls for aiming as wel as other things. Our game isn’t using this function.
The controller will be wireless; he’s right about that. As you also know, the Xbox 360’s controllers will be wireless as well. Where do you think they got this idea? That’s why Nintendo is still trying to determine what to show at E3. From what I’ve heard, they will show the design of the system as well as games. I’ll tell you about the software later though.
The controller will also be pressure sensitive. The pressure you put into it will determine certain things, such as movement. This is another optional capibility. Someone on Nintendo’s board mentioned this months ago. They said that “touching is good, but feeling is better.” This may sound strange, but it provides great controls. Racing games will really be helped by this control setting.
The Nintendo Revolution will also include voice control more advanced than anything seen so far. Nintendogs is just the beginning. To achieve this, Nintendo sent us headsets (similar to ones you can use for Xbox Live) that are wirelessless communicating with the console. Imagine being able to merely call for an airstrike or reload your gun by giving out commands orally. So far, we have put this feature to the test the most; as you can see, I’m excited over this feature.
From a graphical perspective, the Nintendo Revolution is very powerful. Many people seem to think this won’t be the case, but rest assured. The games I saw while working at Nintendo were very beautiful. I’ll tell you about those later.
I’ve got the goods on Revolution. Again. (Free reg. req.)
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