"World Premiere" of Microsoft's Project Natal at E3 2010

After unveiling Project Natal last year at E3, Microsoft has invited the media to another unveiling of Natal on June 13th and 14th at E3 2010. 

Without any details as to why they are introducing Natal again in the form of a "World Premiere," many speculate that Microsoft is simply bringing a more complete product to the annual technology expo in LA. Project Natal hasn't been properly shown to the public in its intended role as a gaming peripheral, and many are predicting that Microsoft may bring some real-world software to E3 to show off Natal's progress, as well as announce a lineup of games that will be compatible with the hardware.

The timeline on the invitation implies that this isn't the first time Natal has shown itself. With many "milestones" behind the "first look at the future of fun," one could call this premiere of Natal a coming of age event, where all the work done in the past leads up to a more polished, refined, and final product. 

This announcement comes after Sony's hands-on demonstration of its own movement based peripheral, the Playstation Move, earlier this week at GDC. In order to properly compete with its only real contender in the movement-based peripheral market, Microsoft's announcement could be seen as a response to Sony's successful public testing of the Move. It would make sense for Microsoft's response to be an announcement for a working product, but this invitation is cryptic enough keep to us guessing until E3 2010. 

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Personally I'd be happy with just the ability to navigate my dashboard and menus with Natal. I can't tell you how much easier this would be laying in the bed watching videos without having the hold the controller...and NO I don't mean for that lol.

The idea behind the project is truly awesome! But as others have said, I hope it lives to the expectations of bringing out its intentions of real live body gaming (that's what I call it).

Hmm, does it always have to be a response to [name another product] or does it always have to be a [name another product]-killer?

I think MS has intimated that Natal would have a similar unveiling and launch as a new console would have... long before Sony's Move had its show at GDC. Why can't it just be the thing MS was going to do for Natal?

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ground
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