Microsoft announces name for Project Natal - Kinect

Microsoft officially unveiled the final naming for "Project Natal" today.

Dubbed Kinect for Xbox 360, the controller-free game device is set to go on sale later this year. Microsoft is set to announce pricing and release dates at an E3 press briefing later today.

The technology behind Natal is fairly simple, a TV-mounted camera/microphone bar to sense motion, sound and movement. What's new and ground breaking is the tracking of 3D movement as well as 2D movement. The system is also able to scan users faces and sign them into Xbox live, as well as react to vocal tone and pitch, and process this data in real-time.

The groundbreaking technology was introduced by both Stephen Spielberg and gaming legend Peter Molyneux at E3 in 2009. Both believe the technology has the power to turn games into a true mass entertainment medium. Microsoft is expected to detail the exact release date, pricing and games that Kinect will support later today.

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