Rein optimistic of Move/Kinect potential

"Wait until you see what people are going to do with these things," says Epic VP

Epic vice-president Mark Rein believes there's much more to see from Microsoft and Sony's upcoming motion control devices.

"Wait until you see what people are going to do with these things," he told GI. "We're involved tangentially in both technologies actually. The Kinect adventures game is Unreal Engine 3 and that sorcery game that Sony has, that's also Unreal Engine 3. So we have Sony and Microsoft, first-party, both doing cool things with our technology and I wouldn't discount anything."

However he goes on to label Kinect as an "experiment" by Microsoft into greater possibilities with camera-based motion control. "There's no doubt in my mind that Kinect is very much an experiment to see where they should go with this stuff," said Rein.

"I mean, this device [a prototype Android tablet] has a camera. If you had the rest of the Kinect sensors on here, this'd be great. You could prop this down on a little stand, and play Dance Central right here. What would be wrong with propping this on the table and standing here in an environment with friends and doing a dance?" We'd rather not, but we see your point, Rein.

Rein speculates that the future of Kinect could materialise on other devices. "Who knows, maybe the future of Kinect is on your laptop? In fact I think that Microsoft already publicly said that they were going to do something with motion tech cameras on laptops. One of the things that they can do is recognise your face. There are other portions of Move and Kinect that I think have been a little bit overlooked right now, that will eventually come into play."