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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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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

I'm not sure why people are so excited about this without knowing what games are going to be available for it. Natal by itself is really just a webcam and some software. It's going to be all about the games.

Hackersoft MS MVP said,
I'm not sure why people are so excited about this without knowing what games are going to be available for it. Natal by itself is really just a webcam and some software. It's going to be all about the games.

You know nothing.

CarlMS said,

this show a prototype, not a final product.
Take note that the previous presentation of Natal ran without "the learning process" or most likely a expensive mocap system instead of a real Natal.

And still, nobody really know if the real product will run in a plain xbox360 or it will require a "special" version if not a new console.

Magallanes said,

this show a prototype, not a final product.
Take note that the previous presentation of Natal ran without "the learning process" or most likely a expensive mocap system instead of a real Natal.

And still, nobody really know if the real product will run in a plain xbox360 or it will require a "special" version if not a new console.


Yet another one who seems to be severely misinformed, or just willfully stupid. Project Natal will not need a new special console and *will* work on all Xbox 360 consoles ever released.

Edited by SoyoS, May 14 2010, 10:56pm :

CarlMS said,

Yet another one who seems to be severely misinformed, or just willfully stupid. Project Natal will not need a new special console and *will* work on all Xbox 360 consoles ever released.
You really aren't one to make friends, huh? Are you this conceited all the time? Or are you just unaware that missing a fact or two does not mean that someone is "severely misinformed, or just willfully stupid." Honestly, grow up a little.

satukoro said,
You really aren't one to make friends, huh? Are you this conceited all the time? Or are you just unaware that missing a fact or two does not mean that someone is "severely misinformed, or just willfully stupid." Honestly, grow up a little.

Missing a fact or two is fine as no one is perfect but when people write things so clearly false I can only set them straight. Calling Natal a webcam with software is just either purposeful trolling or he/she really is that misinformed.

EgyptianDuck said,

Please don't give them ideas

Why not? they are already making the addon software for it caled the Microsoft Eye Motion Live Camera Essentials Add-on Pack for the Xbox 360 Game and Home Media System

neufuse said,

Why not? they are already making the addon software for it caled the Microsoft Eye Motion Live Camera Essentials Add-on Pack for the Xbox 360 Game and Home Media System

OH NO! You also forgot the home starter or Ultimate edition on the end

yea im an xbox360 owner and thats all i own. but i will not be gettin natal. never was into the motion crap and never will be. i like to sit down and play with a controller.

Um..this is old news. Syed Bilal Tariq is not a Microsoft Saudi marketing manager. He works with a third party vendor. MS already responded to this telling multiple websites that very same fact. However, they never confirmed or denied his statement that Natal is being released in October. So, while it might be true that Natal is coming out in October, MS has NOT confirmed it.

Curious to see how this plays out. I only own a Wii myself, as 99% of my actual gaming is on a PC, but if it's as good as it looks (IE, not a stupid gimmick with two or three mediocre at best games) I may have to finally go out and get a 360. The premise is pretty slick, and if the hardware is up to it, sounds like it could add some fun stuff to games.

Jen Smith said,
Curious to see how this plays out. I only own a Wii myself, as 99% of my actual gaming is on a PC, but if it's as good as it looks (IE, not a stupid gimmick with two or three mediocre at best games) I may have to finally go out and get a 360. The premise is pretty slick, and if the hardware is up to it, sounds like it could add some fun stuff to games.

Just curious, is most of the stuff you do on wii for excersize or for fun? I see a huge market for this as being a great way for people to burn calories that hate to exersize. And if the voice recognition works well that would be cool. I was especially interested in the way it would flip through the music collection etc. I am increasingly speaking to my phone for stuff, although not at all for the pc.

Jen Smith said,
Curious to see how this plays out. I only own a Wii myself, as 99% of my actual gaming is on a PC, but if it's as good as it looks (IE, not a stupid gimmick with two or three mediocre at best games) I may have to finally go out and get a 360. The premise is pretty slick, and if the hardware is up to it, sounds like it could add some fun stuff to games.

It'll work with the PC too. I don't know if it'll get as many games on the PC at first, but we'll see.

I personally don't see Natal being very successful, maybe if they would have bundled it with the console at launch but it's too late....it will just become another "eye toy"

Rudy said,
I personally don't see Natal being very successful, maybe if they would have bundled it with the console at launch but it's too late....it will just become another "eye toy"

Not a chance, Eye toy failed because of the typical Sony approach to marketing, that is it's non-existent.

Microsoft have the money and brains to get the marketing buzz for this product so it will defiantly be a holiday success.

CarlMS said,

Not a chance, Eye toy failed because of the typical Sony approach to marketing, that is it's non-existent.

Microsoft have the money and brains to get the marketing buzz for this product so it will defiantly be a holiday success.


Microsoft is surprisingly not all that hot when it comes to marketing certain products.

Northgrove said,

Microsoft is surprisingly not all that hot when it comes to marketing certain products.
+1

Zune comes to mind

Northgrove said,

Microsoft is surprisingly not all that hot when it comes to marketing certain products.

Tell that to Sony, Netscape, etc. etc. etc. They will spend what it takes, time and money, to destroy you...

excalpius said,

Tell that to Sony, Netscape, etc. etc. etc. They will spend what it takes, time and money, to destroy you...

Sony, in the case of the PS3 destroyed itself because of the high price. Not because any other products were marketed better. As the PS3's price came down, it started to sell better. Aside from Windows, Microsoft doesn't really market anything else well.

Edited by asdavis10, May 15 2010, 6:51pm :

asdavis10 said,

Sony, in the case of the PS3 destroyed itself because of the high price. Not because any other products were marketed better. As the PS3's price came down, it started to sell better. Aside from Windows, Microsoft doesn't really market anything else well.

They market Xbox well, and Office to some extent. And you'd be surprised to see how much active they're are promoting their development technologies in schools and universities. So yeah, I think if they want to they're definitely capable of marketing it. It just seems to me that they have a really weird way of defining what they should focus on, but hey it's their business and they seem to be successful doing what they do.

wasn't this called the eye toy on ps2 and how well did that sell?
my friend had bought one(the eye toy) and we spent the afternoon drinking beers and playing the games that came with it, ended up punching a 12 year old in the face playing the kung fu game because he was running around my play area and i was focused on the game, not my surroundings.

E.Fahd said,
Uninformed comments are just sad

ok then inform what makes natal any different from eye toy?
the demos make it looks exactly like eye toy, oh except it doesn't work with black people for some reason???

treemonster said,

ok then inform what makes natal any different from eye toy?
the demos make it looks exactly like eye toy, oh except it doesn't work with black people for some reason???

It maps 3d space (not sure if the eye toy did..)
full body motion capture.
can predict your next movement bases on your current movements by using a database of mapped movements.

I actually don't know that much about it all but still know them differences

DomZ said,

It maps 3d space (not sure if the eye toy did..)
full body motion capture.
can predict your next movement bases on your current movements by using a database of mapped movements.

I actually don't know that much about it all but still know them differences


sounds liek typical marketing hype to me.
how does a motion capture camera map 3D space>
how does it predict movement?
it's the eye toy all over again

treemonster said,

sounds liek typical marketing hype to me.
how does a motion capture camera map 3D space>
how does it predict movement?
it's the eye toy all over again

Careful, your ignorance is showing...

treemonster said,

sounds liek typical marketing hype to me.
how does a motion capture camera map 3D space>
how does it predict movement?
it's the eye toy all over again

You...you haven't read ANYTHING about Natal, have you? o_o

/sure it's gimmicky, but geez, talk about pulling an opinion out of your own--uh...

Joshie said,

You...you haven't read ANYTHING about Natal, have you? o_o

/sure it's gimmicky, but geez, talk about pulling an opinion out of your own--uh...


i'm not sure how reading maket hype about a CAMERA could help me. maybe you can hep me?

treemonster said,

i'm not sure how reading maket hype about a CAMERA could help me. maybe you can hep me?

It has two lenses for a start for 3D mapping.

treemonster said,

i'm not sure how reading maket hype about a CAMERA could help me. maybe you can hep me?

Good lord. You really have NO idea what Natal is, do you? Go home, kid.

treemonster said,
wasn't this called the eye toy on ps2 and how well did that sell?
my friend had bought one(the eye toy) and we spent the afternoon drinking beers and playing the games that came with it, ended up punching a 12 year old in the face playing the kung fu game because he was running around my play area and i was focused on the game, not my surroundings.

Mr. I know everything, you seem to know nothing about Natal !

treemonster said,

except it doesn't work with black people for some reason???

What!? Where did you get that from?!
Like others have said it can predict movement etc (this is more about the software they've built, obviously different to eyetoy) It also uses an infra red camera for motion tracking, much better than a simple camera as it can properly focus on your body and largely ignore surroundings.

treemonster said,

i'm not sure how reading maket hype about a CAMERA could help me. maybe you can hep me?

You could add up all the time you spent writing posts on just this page, cut it in half, and spend it on Wikipedia and know more than you clearly do about Natal. Just sayin'. If your next response still shows a lack of awareness, apparently your give higher priority to being contrary than to being right.

Edited by Joshie, May 15 2010, 4:40pm :

Now those Xbox fanboys can stop calling motion sensing and other things from the Wii as "kiddy" when their own holy console is now going to have all of that. Just proves that it obviously sells.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Now those Xbox fanboys can stop calling motion sensing and other things from the Wii as "kiddy" when their own holy console is now going to have all of that. Just proves that it obviously sells.

I'm an Xbox fan and the Wii is a gimmick. Natal is also a gimmick. Doesn't make either of them 'un-fun'.

spenser.d said,

I'm an Xbox fan and the Wii is a gimmick. Natal is also a gimmick. Doesn't make either of them 'un-fun'.


agreed. altho I still haven't bought the 360, I would never buy Natal for it. I am completely not into the whole Wii thing. My niece and nephew are, but even they are moving away from it Ive noticed....they're growing up.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Now those Xbox fanboys can stop calling motion sensing and other things from the Wii as "kiddy" when their own holy console is now going to have all of that. Just proves that it obviously sells.

i am sure it sells but to me all that 'motion sensor' crap is for the non-serious gamers for the most part.

it's for that casual gamer type... which is why PS3/XBox360 are for one group of people and the Wii is for another group.

to me the Wii is 'OK' but ill take a XBox360 over it without hesitation if i only could pick one. (and off the top of my head... about the only game i might like quite a bit on Wii is that new Punch-Out game cause of the nostalgia of Mike Tysons Punch-Out in original NES )

Edited by ThaCrip, May 14 2010, 7:49pm :

what said,
By 'fanboys', I assume you mean 'people with opinions different to my own'?

No. I mean those who annoyingly bash all other consoles. You can see them in every Wii thread. There's a difference between those who just enjoy one console to another and those who have to bash the other consoles just because. You might be saying that I am doing the same thing; I never bashed the 360 incase you haven't noticed.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,

No. I mean those who annoyingly bash all other consoles. You can see them in every Wii thread. There's a difference between those who just enjoy one console to another and those who have to bash the other consoles just because. You might be saying that I am doing the same thing; I never bashed the 360 incase you haven't noticed.

I have to bash the Wii just cause its still a piece of junk with a fancy new controller. You don't have to be a fanboy to bash something.

solardog said,

agreed. altho I still haven't bought the 360, I would never buy Natal for it. I am completely not into the whole Wii thing. My niece and nephew are, but even they are moving away from it Ive noticed....they're growing up.

Dude you such a jack.....please explain to me Natal is wii like..the last time i checked the wii does not use a camera..IMO microsoft went a totally different way that the wii and move.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
^ But it still outsells the Xbox 360 so you lose. Try again next time.

I lose what? I lose...a giant sack of absolutely nothing? Gosh, so I didn't buy a Wii, I'm pretty sure my life is over now.

EgyptianDuck said,
Great news! I just hope Natal isn't named Xbox 360 Body recognition connector kit

home edition

EgyptianDuck said,
Great news! I just hope Natal isn't named Xbox 360 Body recognition connector kit

for Humans

Edited by billyea, May 15 2010, 8:51pm :