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Saudi marketing manager for Microsoft spills the beans

Microsoft has been working on its Project Natal technology for a while now. The tech takes the motion sensing controller a step further than other systems on the market by using a camera to see what the player is doing and turn it into movement on the screen.

We have heard rumblings that the technology could end up as part of Windows as well. Microsoft's Saudi marketing manager Syed Bilal Tariq has apparently unveiled the month the new Natal tech will be launching. He has pegged the launch month as October.

Along with revealing the launch month Tariq also revealed that the system would be launching globally at the same time. The exact date should be confirmed at E3 in June. There have been hints and rumors of a fall launch date previously, so the October time frame matches up with previous tidbits.


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Great technology
By someguy123 on 5/12/2010 1:35:00 AM , Rating: 2
Anyone who has used this knows this tech works very well.

All that's left is to see what they charge and if games actually integrate it well, or if it ends up just being an xbox media center controller.

RE: Great technology
By ekv on 5/13/2010 1:02:29 AM , Rating: 2
Tech has been ready to go for a while now. They have been refining the hardware to pare down costs. I still think it'll cost a pretty penny, but we shall see soon enough.

I can also wager 3rd party dev's have a version of the controller and MS's API for Natal and are porting relevant titles. MS will want to hit the ground running, i.e. lots of positive press. Point in fact, many Natal-like job openings over a year ago for MS. Liason, SDET, etc.

I'd be surprised if it didn't -- how does the quote go? -- "knock my socks off."

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