Project Natal

The Daily Slash: March 24th 2010

The Daily Slash: March 24th 2010

We do our very best here at SlashGear to bring you the latest intelligence from the huge, and still growing world of the tech industry. But, as it stands, we’re only human, and sometimes we’re just not able to bring you every single piece of information we get our hands on. It’s unfortunate, but we also don’t want to give you any kind of sensory overload throughout the day. We realized that there were still a lot of great stories out there, so we wanted to bring them to your attention, in a nice, orderly fashion. That’s why we have the Daily Slash, where we’ll bring you a daily wrap-up of all the cool, interesting, or just plain shiny stuff we find.

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Microsoft Xbox 360 Valhalla Redesign Pictured

Microsoft Xbox 360 Valhalla Redesign Pictured

The rumors about Microsoft updating their video game console, the Xbox 360, have been floating about for a little over a year now, and many people out there think that it's about time the console of today be replaced with something of tomorrow. The Redmond-based company has said in the past, though, that with the upcoming Project Natal, there isn't any reason for them to replace the console. That's not stopping the rumors, though.

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Project Natal tipped for October; response lag measured

Project Natal tipped for October; response lag measured

A relative gush of Project Natal information today, with BBC presenter Jonathan Ross apparently tipping an October launch date for the motion-control gaming system, while MTV take on another timing issue by measuring the peripheral's lag.  Ross had been trying Natal at a Microsoft event this week, and proceeded to tweet "Natal on Xbox is impressive. Not quite there yet I think but they have until October and if they get it right... sky's the limit."

Natal launch confirmed for Holiday 2010, Xbox Game Room [Video]

Natal launch confirmed for Holiday 2010, Xbox Game Room [Video]

We’ve just come off Microsoft’s CES keynote featuring CEO Steve Ballmer and Entertainment Division President Robbie Bach, who’ve just spent nearly two hours explaining and showing the world  the latest innovations in computer technology and consumer electronics.  Accidentally released earlier today and now confirmed by Bach in the keynote is the launch date of Microsoft’s motion-sensing Natal interface for the Xbox 360 – coming to stores this 2010 holiday season.

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Project Natal unlikely to be backward-compatible with existing 360 games

Project Natal unlikely to be backward-compatible with existing 360 games

Microsoft has confirmed that it's unlikely existing games will be compatible with their upcoming Project Natal motion-controller for the Xbox 360, suggesting that developers would in effect need to push out fully reworked versions of titles rather than merely issue a compatibility patch.  The news came courtesy of Microsoft Games' Kudo Tsunoda, speaking at the Tokyo Game Show, who confirmed that the company had been forced to significantly alter code in the games they used to demonstrate Project Natal.

Project Natal confirmed for 2H 2010 by game publisher

Project Natal confirmed for 2H 2010 by game publisher

A launch in the second half of 2010 for Microsoft's Project Natal looks even more likely, as THQ CEO Brian Farrell inadvertently confirmed the launch schedule during his company's recent earnings call.  Asked about market changes in the upcoming cycle, Farrell told investors "With respect to the cycle itself, if you look at what's happening in the industry, the fact that we have for example, Natal from Microsoft, a platform addition coming late next year."

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