Project Natal

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."

Microsoft Project Natal motion-controller for Xbox 360 [Video]

Microsoft Project Natal motion-controller for Xbox 360 [Video]

In addition to the Xbox LIVE updates, Microsoft also announced their much-rumored motion controller at E3.  Named the Microsoft Xbox 360 Project Natal - pronounced "nuh-tall" - it combines an RGB camera, depth sensor, multi-array microphone and custom processor all in one compact bar, which can track gamers' movements in 3D space as well as respond to verbal commands.

 

Update: Video after the cut

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