Microsoft’s Project Natal

by Mark R

reaching_into_natal_610x406Nintendo Wii, your days could be numbered. Sure, you have been dominating the console gaming world with your motion-controlling Wiimotes, but are you ready for Project Natal?

Microsoft has recently revealed this full-body, motion-sensitive controller at E3 in Los Angeles, and it has understandably received a lot of attention. Project Natal is a TV-mounted camera/microphone that can sense motion, three-dimensional movement, even sound.

In other words, it is a controller without a controller, like the iPhone games that require nothing but movement. The company demonstrated this new technology with two new games. The first was Ricochet, a brick-blasting game that puts the player in the midst of Breakout, and Paint Party, a game that allows you to splatter paint with virtual brushes. You can see Ricochet demonstrated after the jump.

On hand at E3 to introduce Project Natal was none other than acclaimed director/producer/mogul Steven Spielberg. Is he now exclusively doing video games like Boom Blox?

Anyway, Spielberg said that “people are too intimidated to pick up game controllers”. Oh, that is a slam on button-munching PS3 and Xbox 360 joysticks, isn’t it? By the way, someone in the conference also slammed users who “sit on the sofa using some kind of preset waggle commands”. Oh, now the Wii is getting burned!

Project Natal should be available on all versions of the Xbox 360 “soon”. Yeah, I know, I want it ASAP, but that was all the word that was given. No word on price, either. Expectations are high.


13 reviews or comments

Steve Says: June 2, 2009 at 12:42 pm

This is awesome! I cant wait to see how this technology develops in the future. I first heard out about the technology by watching this report: CHECK IT OUT! GO MICROSOFT!

Hasan Says: June 4, 2009 at 12:30 am

wow this really gives Nintendo some hard competition. i think if its affordable, it will be MUCH better than the Wii. Also the only thing missing is a virtual reality type mask. THAT would really push gaming technology. Maybe on the xbox 720

Awesome Fool Says: June 5, 2009 at 2:48 pm

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rana Says: June 6, 2009 at 12:23 pm

cool! microsoft vs nintendo can’t wait to check it out myself. I’ve seen more on this at:

tina_l Says: June 8, 2009 at 4:19 am

I think Microsoft is giving a great competition to the other companies in the gaming scene, and we as customers will enjoy it’s fruits. there’s more info on this at:

Killer Kali Says: June 9, 2009 at 6:52 am

It looks like Microsoft is gonna release this early (unlike everything else they release)

What do you think?

Michael Says: June 10, 2009 at 10:19 am

The stage demo is nothing.

Have you SEEN the Natal “Lionhead Demo,” with MILO?

THAT is the future of gaming!

There is no question that is several orders more advanced than Nintendo’s controller-based design. Face recognition, voice recognition, HD scanning of objects…this is going to be expensive, isn’t it?

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Derek Says: July 21, 2009 at 7:37 am

I hate Microsoft for the most part… but I have to say, this idea actually looks really good. If it is as good as the video’s make it appear, it looks like the ULTIMATE controller. I could see some Martial Arts games becoming VERY fun with this thing.

Video Games Engineer Says: January 13, 2010 at 1:36 am

With the vast array of sensors on this device,. and microsoft leaving it open to SOFTWARE control,. this device is practically deadly,. do you realize the kinds of things you can do with a software controlled mic array alone,. with infrared and depth sensor,. you can do BRAIN COMPUTER INTERFACE even,. subvocal speech recognition,. did you not see that Steve Blamer is the EX CEO of Proctor and Gamble,. this is AT VERY LEAST,. a fat and ugly kid (girl) detector,. as soon as you are in this NATAL,. your 3D image, and all of your “flaws”,. gimp chin,. bumpy nose,. big ears,. bald head,. will be known and BOUND to your facebook account,. and if need be BLAMED ON CHINESE HACKERS,. as usual,. this is a filthy device when software controlled,. with the right math behind this thing, it can literally tell if you are a canditade for paxil,. this is a very sick thing,. don’t let your kids anywhere near DON MATRIX and his gross device,. speilberg knows this POS will not come to the market,. he’s giving it away even,. this is a $4,000,000,000 Rich Guy here,. think about it,. call the FTC today,. I am a professional games engineer,. from EA,.. EA will foot a lot of the blame here too,. as usual,. get a girlfriend fast.

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