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Microsoft Confirms Project Natal for October

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Microsoft has confirmed plans to launch Project Natal in October.

Redmond has confirmed leaks that pointed toward an October launch for the company's motion sensing gaming peripheral, Project Natal. According to GamesIndustry.biz, Microsoft Saudi marketing manager Syed Bilal Tariq said the device will be launching "somewhere in October."

Tariq was asked when the device would be launching in Saudi Arabia; the marketing manager replied that it would launch at the same time as the rest of the world. Tariq said that Microsoft would be in a position to confirm an exact date at E3 in June. Presumably E3 will also bring us a new, official, retail name for the peripheral.

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    mister g , May 12, 2010 12:57 AM
    Hope there'll be good games that also come with this, maybe a 3d firmware would be good too! (psych, not with the XBOX's DVD drive)
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    bourgeoisdude , May 12, 2010 1:24 AM
    Presumably E3 will also bring us a new, official, retail name for the peripheral.

    I know MS is into this sort of thing, but by this time the name is stuck. Why not keep the name Natal? It may not describe the device in any meaningful way, but even my parents have heard of it now.
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    Userremoved , May 12, 2010 1:29 AM
    I would like to see an FPS use this gadget.
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    JOSHSKORN , May 12, 2010 1:45 AM
    Sweet! Finally, a reason to buy a XBOX 360 other than Halo 3 and other newer Halo games.
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    thejester420 , May 12, 2010 3:35 AM
    I could see this device really adding to games but I think using it as a stand alone controller will not workout so good. I think the Move will have better success.
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    pr0m3th3us , May 12, 2010 4:00 AM
    I can't wait for NATAL!!!!!
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    Anonymous , May 12, 2010 4:23 AM
    360 is already 3D capable. They demonstrated a Avata game in 3D in one of the gaming expo's in New Zealand.
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    moeswow , May 12, 2010 7:33 AM
    I've gotten a chance to play with Project Natal during an xbox exclusive event to test it out. It has pretty good 1:1 motion capture. I got an opportunity to talk to a few devs and they said that the device is slated to bring in a more family oriented experience which will have greater appeal to younger and older consumers.... I also asked about FPS games and how it would work with that. They said that Natal can be used i conjunction with a controller and wouldnt be surprised if they allowed players to make their characters poke heads around corners and such. Also the voice activated commands are pretty cool. Xbox play movie... Xbox pause and such. Im expecting it to be a hit.
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    Wheat_Thins , May 12, 2010 12:52 PM
    To much input lag to even be useful.


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    Kahless01 , May 12, 2010 1:01 PM
    wrongo. G4 was talking about this last night. the guy doesnt work for microsoft and its the same lameass saudi PR guy that has given multiple wrong release dates on games. it might be out in october but this guy does not work for microsoft, he works for a third party that works with microsoft.
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    dman3k , May 12, 2010 4:20 PM
    I want my XTop + Natal!

    *I'm guessing the "slim xbox" is called XTop for Nettop and fo' shizzle.
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    restatement3dofted , May 12, 2010 4:26 PM
    UserremovedI would like to see an FPS use this gadget.


    How do you figure that will work? Run in place with your hands up like a machine gun and turn in circles to corner? Crouch down to duck?

    That really sounds lame, and you're going to get absolutely *reamed* by people playing with controllers.
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    ncr7002 , May 12, 2010 4:48 PM
    Turning my Xbox360 into a Wii sounds quite bad actually.
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    kelemvor4 , May 12, 2010 5:31 PM
    restatement3doftedHow do you figure that will work? Run in place with your hands up like a machine gun and turn in circles to corner? Crouch down to duck?That really sounds lame, and you're going to get absolutely *reamed* by people playing with controllers.

    I agree it would be lame but you wouldn't be reamed because they'd probably have separate servers. Just like you have separation of the controller/console guys from the pc/keyboard guys because the controller guys would get reamed without the aim assist stuff (what I would call "Cheating").
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    bourgeoisdude , May 12, 2010 7:55 PM
    moeswowI've gotten a chance to play with Project Natal during an xbox exclusive event to test it out. It has pretty good 1:1 motion capture. I got an opportunity to talk to a few devs and they said that the device is slated to bring in a more family oriented experience which will have greater appeal to younger and older consumers.... I also asked about FPS games and how it would work with that. They said that Natal can be used i conjunction with a controller and wouldnt be surprised if they allowed players to make their characters poke heads around corners and such. Also the voice activated commands are pretty cool. Xbox play movie... Xbox pause and such. Im expecting it to be a hit.


    Another thing...voice recognition could also work in FPS games with AI players ("Sniper on the ridge," "get behind me," "switch to shotgun," etc.). I can think of many other cool ways just the microphone could be used in games.
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    hicsy , May 13, 2010 8:54 AM
    Quote:
    maybe a 3d firmware would be good too!

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    They demonstrated a Avata game in 3D

    Avatar game is average. PS its not a firmware patch, its nothing to do with the XBOX 360. Avatar simply renders 2 perspectives of the game simultaneously, one on the left side of the screen, one on the right. you literally see it in dual-window, and then the 3DTV just overlays the the 2 halves of the screen - much like the screenshots used in the wall-sized 3D pc article.

    But i still agree, id rather avoid turning my 360 into a wii!