Natal to sell for $149, with a new name

Natal will be hitting the store shelves in America for $149, and be bundled with Xbox360 Arcade for $299, according to edge-online.  The source of the information even claims that project Natal will also be renamed, which will be announced next month at E3.

Natal is said to launch on October 26 worldwide, but could be postponed further if the project faces any further delays.  The device appears to be headed for a holiday season release.

The standalone Natal unit is said to retail for $149 in the US, and estimated to retail for £103 / €121 international and £207 / €243 for the Xbox360 Arcade bundle (based on current exchange rates). 

When Natal hits retailers, it will be more expensive than the PlayStation Move, when it was announced earlier this year for $100 with a game.

According to the source, “Microsoft expects to sell millions and millions of Natal units in its first year on the market so you can expect the software launch line-up to target non-traditional gamers.”  Natal is looking to target the non-hardcore gamers with its controller-less camera.  With the release of Natal, gamers can expect a marketplace to contain more games focused towards casual gamers and families.

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