“Project Natal” Microsoft’s new offering to Xbox gaming

June 2nd, 2009 - 5:11 pm ICT by GD  

For all those gaming freaks who have been anxiously waiting from something big to happen in the gaming industry, their wait is over. On Monday, June 1, 2009, Microsoft unveiled its extremely innovative and first of its kind hands-free motion-sensitive controller system, baptized “Project Natal.”

According to the announcement that was made during Microsoft’s annual E3 press conference, Project Natal is the culmination of many years of work by an Israeli start-up called 3DV Systems, which was recently acquired by Microsoft.

The Project Natal technology will allow the users of Xbox system to control games, movies, and anything else that can be played in the system just with a wave of their hands. With Project Natal, Microsoft will be making an attempt to widen the potential reach of the Xbox console and its internet segment, Xbox Live. With this latest innovation, Microsoft clearly wants to impress those people who were never really much into gaming, but somehow ended up with Nintendo Wii in their living rooms.

Comparatively, the Natal provides more or less the same functionality as the Nintendo Wii-mote but with Microsoft’s latest offering one need not use the controller, “its all in the motions”. So the next time you want to kick a ball out of the park, you just need to make a kicking motion. Or if you are engrossed in a game show and want to hit the buzzer just smack fists on your hands and you will have pressed the buzzer.

Though Microsoft’s announcement of Project Natal has caught the imaginations of many, whether it will be a business success or not only time will tell.

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