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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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