Microsoft confirms October release for Natal

Microsoft has confirmed that its motion-sensing camera for the Xbox 360, codenamed Project Natal, is set to launch worldwide sometime in October, ready for the Christmas buying season. The news comes via an interview on Saudi television with Microsoft Saudi marketing manager, Syed Bilal Tariq.

Asked during the interview when Natal would be available, Tariq replied that the motion-sensing device would be launched "somewhere in October". He added that the company would "be in a position to confirm the date at E3" but that "definitely it is going to be October 2010".

It has long been suspected that the device, which allows players to interact with their console without any controllers, would be released in time for the busy Christmas shopping period. And if rumours are to be believed, Natal may be released alongside a slim version of Microsoft's Xbox 360 console.

We should hear more, including the device's final name, at Microsoft's exhibit at the E3 video game conference in June.

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Steven Ballmer himself said holiday season 2010 as well in an interview on "the hour" when he was in Canada. That was like 2 months back. Not sure how is this new.

d4diesel said,
Steven Ballmer himself said holiday season 2010 as well in an interview on "the hour" when he was in Canada. That was like 2 months back. Not sure how is this new.

From the first announcements etc it was widely speculated that it would be a Q4 release for the holiday season.

Ruran said,
I don't think they will change the name - it's known as "Natal" too well.

Don't be so sure. Lots of Microsoft projects have had really cool internal names that were widely reported on and became really popular with regular people, just to end up using a completely different official branding.

figgy said,
How about 'Microsoft Controller free game experience device'?
- coming in a stripped starter version, Home Premium, Ultimate, and "new" Business Class!

If someone can find a way to get it connected to a PC and working after it's released then I'll pick one up myself just to play around with.

Unless I'm incorrect (someone correct me if I am), assuming compatibility for all 360s, Natal would logically be USB powered.

wow 3 days later and no mention of any further comments like this
http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/63737

As pointed out by several commenter, the validity of the below claims are in question, as Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg has told Variety that he's never heard of Syed Bilal Tariq and affirmed that "We have not announced any date [for Project Natal] except that it will be available this holiday

a lil more effort wouldn't be terrible

bobeck said,
wow 3 days later and no mention of any further comments like this
http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/63737

As pointed out by several commenter, the validity of the below claims are in question, as Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg has told Variety that he's never heard of Syed Bilal Tariq and affirmed that "We have not announced any date [for Project Natal] except that it will be available this holiday

a lil more effort wouldn't be terrible

because there is no real other news, except MS , denying that this guy has authority.
however, it is still the most relevant new.

better then - this guy might not be right yet holiday season it is.
i trust it will be ready for october.

You lot are a bunch of unpleased, ungrateful, and disrespectful people. Nothing is ever good enough, and most of you don't appreciate anything. Technology has evolved so fast in the past 15 years that most of you haven't even stepped backed to look at where we are. Try it, I think you'll appreciate something like Natal, Though I agree that it is "Gimicky" the premise for it is genuine, and it will ultimately lead to better devices in the future. One step closer to the real deal. Oh btw, marketing is something that needs to be done for people who have no idea what they need/want in life. Those of us who care about things in life, will actively research and participate in it.

Natal is short for NOT AT ALL (i don't want it...not excited for it anyway)
Latency is key, it is gimmicky at best.
Let's hope developers stay well clear implementing it into gameplay...(shudders....)

Tikimotel said,
Natal is short for NOT AT ALL (i don't want it...not excited for it anyway)
Latency is key, it is gimmicky at best.
Let's hope developers stay well clear implementing it into gameplay...(shudders....)

Tikimotel you win the prize for trolling..when you play with natal then come back and post...

yardman said,
Why you guys are dissing a tech you know nothin about is just plain ignorant...
Have you ever heard of something called sentence structure?

Edited by satukoro, May 15 2010, 9:32pm :

AltNet said,
The comments to this article have been pretty entertaining to ready, if not slightly off-topic and annoying.

Kind of like yours?

Edited by SoyoS, May 16 2010, 1:08pm :

Personally can't wait for it myself, but I've got a sneaky suspicion it will be like Live on the original Xbox - popular, but won't go mainstream until the next console is released with it integrated from the ground up.

Pygmy_Hippo said,
Personally can't wait for it myself, but I've got a sneaky suspicion it will be like Live on the original Xbox - popular, but won't go mainstream until the next console is released with it integrated from the ground up.

I agree the next console xbox 720 it might be integrated...but by then this natal should evolve and microsoft will make a fortune on it for now,so natal might just be an incomplete device. Just a taught lolz.

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