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Project Natal Launch Details Leak

Gordon Kelly


It seems news this week is breaking in clusters since we've had Orange (iPhone launch and T-Mobile merger finalisation), O2 (iPhone unlocking & tethering deals) and now the Xbox is following up the Modern Warfare 2 launch, Xbox Live disconnections for pirates and shipment of a wireless n adaptor with this...

Details of Project Natal have been leaked to MCV which reveal a November 2010 launch, 5m units ready for a day one and a stunningly low £50 RRP are all in the offing.

How reliable is this info? MCV claims it has direct straight from the horse's mouth with its source having received a 'behind-closed-doors' Microsoft tour of UK publishers and studios. This has involved tech demos and detailed discussion of its launch plans to "spur more development support".

Activision, Bethesda, Capcom, Disney, EA, Konami, MTV, Namco Bandai, Sega, Square Enix, THQ and Ubisoft have all committed to Natal and at this stage and Microsoft believes 14 games will be ready at release, though older games are unlikely to be backwards compatible. Meanwhile the £50 RRP is said to be fuelled by Microsoft's desire to make Natal "as close as possible to 'impulse buy'". It would work too!

Lastly Natal is seen as a way to extend the lifespan of the Xbox 360 given it will be almost five years old once the add-on arrives. "When Natal arrives it will feel like a new generation has come," said Xbox Studios boss Phil Spencer. "I see it like the launch of 360 in November ‘05. Consumers don't want another $400 box right now."

If Natal can live up to its billing he may just be right...


via MCV


November 11, 2009, 9:24 pm

"Consumers don't want another $400 box right now." I think this sentiment is exactly right. Anything that prolongs the life of the current generation of consoles will be welcomed by the consumer I feel (I know I will). I just hope it's as good as it looks.


November 11, 2009, 9:59 pm

£50?! I thought this would be another overpriced gimmicky piece of rubbish. Now the latter may still turn out to be the case and end up like a useless bit of kit like the Super Scope did years ago but at £50 at least Im now very tempted to give it a shot.


November 11, 2009, 10:00 pm

Wishing for a HD camera in Natal.... Could bring decent HQ video calling to the masses.


November 11, 2009, 11:37 pm

Basically all my rooms in my house are to small, as for all my mates that i can think of, so put that on a scale over the UK as houses aren't big like that of the USA. However the concept is amazing!

Tim Sutton

November 11, 2009, 11:57 pm

@ Zero

You don't have room to stand up in your house? Are you and your mates you can think of all giant Russian boxers?

I'd be more excited about Natal if I hadn't got all excited about the Wii and then been hugely disappointed. I hope Natal is groundbreaking and intuitive, bringing new ways to play games, I really do, but I'm pessimistic. Certainly with it priced at £50.


November 12, 2009, 3:50 am

It's cool for sure and that Molyneux tech demo is nice. But that's not a game and wouldn't be at all fun to do. After 20 seconds when the character you are interacting with doesn't react to something you've said properly, which it won't most of the time, then it'll get boring quickly. I'm also not interested in flailing my limbs to hit balls or driving a car while standing up and stepping forward to accelerate, you only have to look at that to understand it would not work for racing games on any level.

So... we'll have to wait till they show off something worthwhile, it might take a while like it did with the Wii. Hopefully it won't get panned to death before that happens.


November 12, 2009, 3:51 am

Why do I just not care about this in the slightest? Maybe if the supermarkets pull a MW2 I'll pick it up for the sake of it but otherwise I'm not holding my breath.

Lord Comben III

November 12, 2009, 4:44 am

@ jones

Woah! Woah! Say what you will about natal but i won't hear a word against the super scope. Why did i get rid of mine with those 6 great games on one cartridge :(


November 12, 2009, 4:47 am

Everyone here has a bit of a geeky side. Who doesn't want Minority Style control over the interface, especially with media. If they released that for £100, me and plenty of others would snap it up.


November 12, 2009, 2:09 pm

@Tim Sutton

Well I dont know about Zero but in my flat there definatly isnt enough room for a lot of the Natal functions, especially when waving your arms around! I had a Wii at one point but there simply wasnt enough room for one person to wave their arms around while playing, let alone two.

However being able to control the interface, as Alan Clinch mentioned, is very appealing! Wonder if itll also work with a HTPC


November 12, 2009, 3:24 pm

I can really only see this as a viable way of controlling your TV (the bit at the end with movie selection etc.) a bit like all those predictions years ago of how the "modern home" would look.

Otherwise, maybe fitness games. But why MS have large studios probably wasting millions trying to find a way to play an FPS... it seems all smoke & mirrors to steal any thunder from the Wii(motionplus) and Sony wand-thingy-bulb-on-a-stick.


November 13, 2009, 12:26 am

I'll put good money down that they'll have a new chip mod or FM hack to get around this issue within 2 months! It'll be a cat and mouse apple itunes / Palm Pre fight...never ending.

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