Lionhead Studios’ Peter Molyneux thinks Project Natal could do for the Xbox 360 what the mouse did for personal computers.
“If you’re thinking that Natal is going to give you another version of an FPS, you’re just not thinking broadly enough,” said the Fable creator in an interview with Gamereactor. “After all, it was the invention of the mouse that gave us computing as it is today – not the invention of the microprocessor.”
“The mouse was the real revolution of the PC – not the Intel processor. And who’s to say Natal couldn’t end up creating something you and I can’t even imagine now,” he continued. “It forces us to approach technology in a completely different way. Before the mouse, we only had the keyboard [but the mouse is] how we ended up controlling our PCs.”
“That one 9.95 device changed everything about computing. And things like Natal can be a bigger change, but it’s hard to imagine.”
Not that I don’t love the man, but I’m inclined to take anything Molyneux says with a grain of salt, and not just because he’s the European creative director for Microsoft Game Studios. Sure, Natal could (maybe) revolutionize the way we interface and interact with videogames, but the real test is going to ultimately be in the software, not the hardware. After all, a mouse isn’t much more than a fancy paperweight without a decent driver.