Project Natal will NOT launch in October

Microsoft has denied that its motion-sensing XBox controller codenamed Project Natal will see the light of day in October.

The software giant told Wired that it was sticking with its original 'holiday' release date (that's Christmas to you and me).

The October launch date was put forward by one Syed Bilal Tariq, who was identified by Saudi web site Gamertag Radio as a marketing manager for Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices division.

As it turns out, Tariq isn't quite as in with the Redmond Massive as was originally suggested. "He's a vendor" a Microsoft spokeswoman told Wired. And not for very much longer we'd wager.

It's possible that Tariq has an inside track on Microsoft's plans, but for now the company is saying nothing until E3 in June.