Project Natal

Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 Could See a Price Drop After E3

Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 Could See a Price Drop After E3

Just in case you weren't aware, it's almost June. And, other than iPhone's getting released, that generally means that a huge trade show is going to take place. E3, the largest of video game-centric shows is about to kick off, and there's going to be a few huge announcements in store for the event. One of them that might slip through the gate, though, and merely show it's head afterward, is a rumored price drop for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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Project Natal launch in October confirms Microsoft exec

Project Natal launch in October confirms Microsoft exec

Project Natal's "world premiere" may be this coming June, but the company is yet to officially confirm when exactly the movement-sensing hardware might actually reach the market.  Happily that's all changed now, thanks to what seems to be an accidental announcement by Microsoft's marketing manager for Saudi Arabia, Syed Bilal Tariq; he told GamerTagRadio that Natal's release "is going to be somewhere in October".

Video interview after the cut

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Project Natal “about all living room experiences”: tailors content based on physical response

Project Natal “about all living room experiences”: tailors content based on physical response

Microsoft's plans to use Project Natal for more than just Xbox 360 gaming were clear from the start; Bill Gates spared little time before confirming that the Windows team was already eyeing up the motion-tracking hardware for their own purposes.  Its taken a while, however, before they've told us exactly how else Natal might integrate with our lives outside of game-play.  According to Marc Whitten, general manager of the Xbox 360 team at Microsoft, Project Natal is "about all living room experiences," down to tracking your favorite sports teams based on what jersey you're wearing or which referee decisions you're boo'ing.

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Microsoft Zune HD2 Seen at Microsoft Experience?

Microsoft Zune HD2 Seen at Microsoft Experience?

At least we can say that this isn't the first time the Zune HD2 has been rumored about. Because, let's face it, if you've got something as thin as this, you'll need some kind of other story to support it. Luckily, we've got that in this situation. According to a report over at Zunited, apparently a director and blogger got a chance to see the new Zune HD, along with a few pieces of other Microsoft tech.

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Nintendo 3DS Launching in October

Nintendo 3DS Launching in October

Right now, you should chalk this one up for what it is: an unconfirmed rumor. But, if UK industry sources are to be believed, then it looks like the newest mobile gaming console from Nintendo, the 3DS, will actually see store shelves months before originally believed. Although, we're still positive that it's going to launch in Japan first, so that means it could be some time next year before it sees shelves elsewhere.

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Slim Xbox 360 bundle with Natal by end of year tips analyst

Slim Xbox 360 bundle with Natal by end of year tips analyst

That Microsoft are working on a slimmer Xbox 360 update doesn't seem all that surprising, given we've already seen leaked images of the mainboard along with the console itself, but Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachte reckons Microsoft will be doing more than just putting the console on a diet.  "At a minimum," he wrote in a recent research note, "we anticipate the introduction of a more feature-packed Xbox 360 as the standard SKU in late 2010 (likely with a 250GB hard drive) at the same $299 price point."  However he also reckons it's more probable that Microsoft will want to get Project Natal in there too.

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PS Move and Project Natal are “great honor” to Nintendo

PS Move and Project Natal are “great honor” to Nintendo

Nintendo have Microsoft closing in on one side with Project Natal and Sony on the other with PlayStation Move, but should they be worried?  Not at all, reckons Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto; he thinks the company should be too busy being flattered by the "great honor" of Wii inspiring the rival motion-control systems.  In fact, he describes Project Natal and Move as "intensified" versions of the Wiimote.

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Project Natal “world premiere” on June 13th at E3 2010

Project Natal “world premiere” on June 13th at E3 2010

Microsoft have announced that the Project Natal motion-gaming system for Xbox 360 will be making its "world premiere" at E3 on Sunday, June 13th 2010.  Originally demonstrating the system back at E3 2009, this time around we're hoping that Microsoft throw in some pricing and specific availability details for Project Natal.  The "experience" event will be followed by a proper press conference on Monday morning.

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