Today’s news roundup sees BioWare commit to the PS3 for future releases, Microsoft claim Natal may replace the need for your TV remote, and co-op and a new mode are teased for Splinter Cell: Conviction.
BioWare Will Continue To Develop For PS3
A few complainers criticize Dragon Age: Origins as having a few frame-rate issues when compared to its PC and Xbox 360 counterparts. But according to BioWare this shouldn’t be a problem in the future thanks to the familiarity gained with the machine through the development process, claiming more projects are on the way for Sony’s beast. BioWare teamed up with Edge of Reality for the project, who lent them valuable experience thanks to their previous work on the PS3 according to co-founder Greg Zeschuk.
“We have quite a few people working in-house as well,” said Zeschuk. “We think it's one of the key platforms, obviously, so we're definitely going to be doing PS3. You know, I can't say anything about Mass Effect in that regard but you know, I can definitely say... other things we do will definitely be on PS3.” Their newfound understanding of the PS3 is likely to prompt BioWare to bring many new releases over to Sony, rather than just the PC and 360. Finger crossed for Mass Effect PS3 owners. [JoyStiq]
Natal To Replace Remote Controls Say Microsoft
With the Xbox 360’s stab at motion control, Project Natal, hitting late 2010, Microsoft claim you may no longer need your remote. Xbox Live GM Marc Whitten has plans to replace the need for a traditional TV remote, through implementing voice and gesture recognition, all through Project Natal.
Whitten even goes as far to state Natal “will be the largest leap of TV experience since the remote control,” suggesting it will be easier to manage than the increasingly fiddly remotes. Natal will boast the ability to recognise common, button-less input, with Whitten claiming “Laughter is an input, yelling at the TV when I know an answer on 'Jeopardy' is an input. Attention is an input. The number of people in the room at one time is an input.” How Microsoft develop this idea from here will be interesting to see. [YahooTech]
Splinter Cell: Conviction Co-op and New Mode Reveal Imminent
According to PC Zone magazine, Splinter Cell: Conviction is reportedly including co-op in some form, along with a new mode that will be revealed in the next issue. The co-op mode is likely referring to multiplayer co-op, which has previously appeared in Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory. What this new mode is however, we won’t know until its reveal next issue, unless someone else leaks it first, which they probably will. [CVG]