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Details Over Microsoft Project Natal Leaked, Says Report

UK-based games magazine MCV is reporting that Microsoft’s highly sought after motion sensing gaming technology, dubbed as “Project Natal”, could hit the market as early as in November 2010 and could sport a price tag worth $50.

The website further quoted that the software giant could unleash Natal with a massive 5 million units shipment across the globe.

Informing about the most likely launch date and price-tag of the technology, the website mentioned: “This and other details have emerged following a behind-closed-doors Microsoft tour of U.K. publishers and studios. Microsoft has been demoing the tech and detailing its 2010 plans in order to spur more development support.”

MCV further quoted a publishing source as referring that the software maker is attempting ‘as close as possible “impulse buy” with Project Natal’.

The forthcoming technology is being considered as very crucial for Microsoft, as it would help the company to distinguish its Xbox game console from the Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 3.

The Seattle Times further weighed in on the report by forecasting that this (the report) could be seen as a preview of what Microsoft’s chief executive Steve Ballmer would announce in the Consumer Electronics Show scheduled to be held in January.

Our Comments

Natal could well be the tool that will bring a real unique selling feature to the Xbox 360. Early previews of the Natal show some promising capabilities especially if Microsoft can convince third party developers to churn out games that like the WiiFit make full use of the peripheral.

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