Xbox 360 can, why not iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by yodaxl7, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. yodaxl7 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    Xbox 360 will get this holiday the nattal. It uses a specialized cameras. Why can't Apple use a similar camera technology and have it on the iPad and iPhone? It would add another element of gestures and gaming possibilities!! Also, if Apple is researching other devices with iPhone OS, a game console like the xbox 360 would be a great idea. Apple can have mini-tablet or controllers with small multi-touch screens and buttons. They can have accelerometers. :apple::):apple: Any who! Just, brainstorming!
  2. spammerhamster macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2010
    The xbox can also play xbox games. Why can't the ipad?

    natal is used when your screen is standing somewhere and you move about. Your ipad won't hover in front of you.
    Why would I wave my hands in front of the ipad, when I can just touch it?
  3. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    No thanks. I don't want an extra $100 - $200 added to the price of the iPad for something I know I'll never use. Definitely passing on Natal this holiday.
  4. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
  5. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Natal is expected to be $50 and bundled with a few basic games (ala wii-play).

    I would imagine it will be bundled free with ALL 360 sku's at christmas as well, enabling Microsoft to drive 360 sales without the need for another anual price cut.

    However we don't even have a basic camera in the iPad yet let alone one with all sensory bits n pieces. First steps first peeps ;)
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The Xbox has an optical drive, and game controllers. Does that mean the iPad should as well?
  7. X_Entity macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2004
    Ignoring the obvious issues of using a motion capture camera on a device you hold in your hand.

    the Xbox360 has a 3 core 3.4Ghz (IIRC) custom CPU to handle the huge amount of processing required. The iPad does not.
  8. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006

    So get retrospective patents for the field, then miniaturise it to a fifth or so of the likely Natal device, and decrease it's power consumption.

    Um - NO.

    You need a decent amount of number crunching (Natal will keep the XBox processors happy - there is a % CPU load figure out on the nest but i think it was >10% background CPU use.)

    Microsoft got it through the acquisition of zcam, and more. If you want to follow more, check out and see their patents surrounding the area.

    The earliest you'll see it on a Mac is through Bootcamp/VMWare/Parallels using a USB version compatible with Windows 7. And that doesn't have a ship date.

    It would make much more sense as 3rd party to hang over a HDTV/screen that's being driven by a Mac Pro/Mac mini, or in an iMac.
  9. johndango macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2010
    Redmond, Wa
  10. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    A Ford F150 pickup has a tow hitch. A BMW 750i doesn't even have the option for one. In fact if you put one on and tried to tow something it would void the warranty.

    My point: just b/c two products share some similarly doesn't mean they should share functionality.

    Seems to me Natal type controls on a primarily hand-held device makes as much sense as wearing rollerblades on an ice rink.

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