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...