MS: Hybrid Control games coming in the future

Posted By | On 04th, Nov. 2010

Microsoft has confirmed that the future will see games that mix motion controls along with the traditional controller based inputs.

They confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that games that use “hybrid” control schemes are in development over at MS Studios.

“We’ll continue to have controller-only games,” said Alex Kipman, the brain behind the development of Kinect.

“We love controller-free games, we love Kinect experiences and we’ll continue to grow our set of those as well. What we haven’t really talked about, but exist, are hybrid games.

“Games that are using the controller, which we know and love, and pieces, if not all, of the Kinect experiences to again make those experiences more immersive, more fun and more emotionally connected.”

Kipman made these remarks while discussing the future of motion controllers

Coming to the conclusion that the controller will not disappear altogether, Kipman predicted “a world which allows all to exist”.

“This is where I look at the world, and I know it’s easier to look at the world and talk about ‘or’, but I look at the world and I talk about ‘and’. It’s about how we take all of these things and fuse all of them together to create unique experiences. This is when I go speak and spend time with creative folk around the industry. I go back and I talk about palette,” Kipman said.

“It doesn’t always mean using the same colours, the same paintbrushes – the stories you tell are about using the appropriate combinations of all of the colours and brushes to create something meaningful.”

It’s an interesting prospect, no doubts about that.


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