Project Natal suitable for rooms of "all shapes and sizes"

Concerns over the space requirements for Microsoft's upcoming Project Natal motion-sensing system have been put at ease after confirmation that comments made earlier this month were "misinterpreted." TechFlash had been told that you would need at least 4 meters for it to work properly.

The comments were made in a briefing from the Natal team to a group of journalists and bloggers on March 1st, with TechFlash reporting "you'll want to clear an area extending at least 4 meters (a little more than 13 feet) away from the television. That's the back edge of the space to be taken into account by the Natal sensors. In terms of width and height, the field of vision naturally expands as it moves from the Natal device to that back edge, ending up a little more than 4 meters wide and 2.7 meters high (about 8 feet, 10 inches)."

This had caused worries in countries such as Japan, where the average urban living room is a lot smaller than those in countries like America. Gaming website Kotaku contacted Microsoft for clarification over these issues, and were told, "The comments recently about the play space for 'Project Natal' were misinterpreted."

The spokesperson went on to say, "It is true that the 'Project Natal' sensor reads the configuration of your room and adjusts play space, as appropriate. We know that living rooms come in all shapes and sizes, and have conducted numerous play tests to ensure everyone will be able to jump off the couch and into the fun when 'Project Natal' launches globally this holiday."

So it sounds like when Natal hits the shelves in October or November of this year, you should be able to enjoy it no matter what size or shape room you have to play it in.

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What if you have your wall a lot further than 4 meters away or your usual sitting area is more than that distance? Do you have to get up and move to within that area for it to work or move your couch/360 to within this range? Not very many people have that kind of range but some might. I know I don't, I wish I did but nope lol

dogmai said,
your usual sitting area is more than that distance?
Would have to be an /enormous/ TV to normally sit more than 4 metres away.

chisss said,
did they announce a price? I haven't been keeping up with it

Not yet, we haven't even got an exact date yet

Regardless, it still appears to have a degree of room size restriction which the wii and (one assumes from info so far) ps3 move do not. Will be interesting to see it when it comes into 'real world' tests

chrispinto said,
Regardless, it still appears to have a degree of room size restriction which the wii and (one assumes from info so far) ps3 move do not. Will be interesting to see it when it comes into 'real world' tests

Oh the Wii has plenty of restrictions...

nutterguy said,

Oh the Wii has plenty of restrictions...

Mine doesn't care what the size of my room is. Maybe yours is defective?

I don't think he was referring to the size of the room

- That stupid cord that attaches you to the nunchuk, restricting your freedom of movement. (I do realize there is a 3rd party accessory for this, but this should be addressed by Nintendo directly)
- The lag between where you point and when the cursor arrives hindering anything having to do with a twitch action.

My Wii needs a good game in it... it's been a while and I can't rent No More Heroes 2 where I am because Family Video refuses to carry it. =/