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You Might of heard of Xbox's Project Called Natal but do you really know what it is? Here are some FAQ of what its going to be like and a short video of what you might expect it to be. I was amazed when I first heard about it. It will be working for all Xbox 360 no matter which one you got. All you need it a Hard Drive to support it. Sorry if its not the normal news blogs I post I wanted to post something different and something that people always ask me. I will be doing more of these if this gets a hit it won't be every week but it will be something worth sharing. Enjoy! Smile
What is Project Natal?

Project Natal is Microsoft's 3D camera for Xbox 360. It tracks people's motions in three dimensions and has a microphone capable of voice recognition. It is to be used as a controller-free method of playing video games, tracking the player's body movements and voice and transferring that information directly to the gaming console.

Microsoft has described the codename as having several sources. "The name "Project Natal" has several sources. Microsoft Corp. traditionally uses cities as code names. As a result, Alex Kipman, who incubated the project and is from Brazil, chose Natal, a city along the northeastern coast of Brazil, as a tribute to his country. In addition, he knew that Natal also means "to be born" in Latin. Given the new audiences "Project Natal" will bring to Xbox 360, this felt right."

When is it coming?

No official release date has been offered by Microsoft. That said, you can expect it to release in the latter half of 2010. The CEO of THQ, a third-party videogame publisher and developer, mentioned this release window during a financial call earlier this year. IGN has had this expected release period confirmed by developers off of the record as well.

How does it work?

Project Natal uses an RGB camera, an infrared projector and a monochrome CMOS sensor. The RGB camera tracks basic colors and enables features such as Natal's ability to recognize faces. The infrared and CMOS sensors work in tandem to create a 3D image of the room. Microsoft claims that it is this combination of several sensory arrays that allow Natal to work in any light condition.

This data is then combined with proprietary algorithms to map a wire-frame skeleton of the player in real-time. It is this extra layer of processing that allows Natal to continue working even if something wanders between the player and the camera. This wire-frame system also allows Natal to recognize four players at once without getting overlapping limbs confused.

In addition to its visual sensors, Natal has a multiarray microphone that can "locate voices by sound and extract ambient noise." This will allow for individual voice recognition and headset-free chatting in online games.

How much will Natal cost?

At this time there is no information from Microsoft

Will Natal work with a PC?

As of today, Microsoft has only presented Natal as an Xbox 360 peripheral. However, there is reason to believe that it will also be usable on your PC at some point. Bill Gates has been quoted as saying that the Windows group has "latched onto" Natal's technology and is eyeing it for use in home entertainment and office applications.

Given the support for Windows PC that Microsoft has offered to Xbox 360 peripherals in the past -- both the Xbox 360 controller and Vision Camera work with Windows -- it seems likely Natal drivers will be released at some point.

How is this different from Nintendo's Wii remote or Sony's upcoming motion controller?

Natal is the only motion controller that doesn't actually use a controller at all.

Does Natal replace the XBL Vision Camera?
Though Microsoft has not explicitly stated that Natal replaces the Vision Camera, that peripheral has already seen its support all but disappear.

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Post on Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:32 am by LH Justin

Excellent update, it's right up my ally. Wink


Post on Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:45 am by Jalokim

yeah jason showed me natal a long while ago.

Some games are really cool, others are pretty darn unpractical.

fighting games rule, but racing? I'd hate to have my arms up for a 10 lap race.


Post on Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:51 am by MrMario

I would skip the racing games and go to a controller. Fighting games I would have to see how that is going to work out. I just hope Microsoft or the gaming communities will be making some objects to go with it the games. I sure don't want to be looked at what the hell is that guy doing. That last video was funny lol


Post on Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:06 am by Jason

I think the Natal is amazing, even if it doesn't quite live up to the promos. No-one could have predicted that the Wii would have done so well, especially with it's average graphics and novelty factor. But it did do well, amazingly well!

When I watched Milo I was in shock. I then started thinking about Oblivion imagine characters being able to interact to that level in game. Were as the wii catered for the casual crowd I was sure Microsoft would not leave its main fan base in the lurk with such exciting possibility’s.

Natal will have it's own user base, a set of users that want to be free of waving a wand round, and who realise that you can play most Wii games sat on your backside only marginally flicking your wrist. It will not replace the Wii, Nintendo have already cornered that market.

I also don't think that this will turn the 360 into a casual console, merely add that facet to it's existing features but Microsoft can’t forget the hardcore gamer its simply too many possibility’s and what better than bringing the hardcore gamers into the motion market?

Imagine playing a driving game holding a dish? Or a sword fighting game waving about an umbrella? No additional expensive peripherals, just household objects that could (in theory) be used as physical representations of virtual items.


Post on Mon Nov 30, 2009 7:32 am by danno29

Can't wait for it.

I have a mate who went over to the states and tested Natal. He said that it was surprising how natural and easy it was to pick up (even though you don't pick anything up Smile )

I usually get xbox stuff, like dash updates/games and other things before most of Oz......so will be looking at getting Natal before release here also.

But agree that for hardcore gamers the controller is they way to go atm. The reation times are a lot faster using a controller.

Great article MrMario


Post on Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:31 pm by karkooshy

dang.. shuda listened to u guys and gotten an xBox 360 >_>
I'll have to wait until it works for PC... or better yet, wait until I get the chance to buy and xBox again Tongue

w8... but Natal will wreck the Wii LOL!
I mean, its like a wii... with better graphics...


Post on Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:51 pm by LH Justin

karkooshy wrote:dang.. shuda listened to u guys and gotten an xBox 360 >_>
I'll have to wait until it works for PC... or better yet, wait until I get the chance to buy and xBox again Tongue

w8... but Natal will wreck the Wii LOL!
I mean, its like a wii... with better graphics...
And it doesn't make you wave a remote around like a moron. Razz


Post on Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:56 pm by Jason

I think I read some were that the price could be around £30 - £50 now if that’s true it would not be much more than a new controller!


Post on Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:19 am by LH Justin

Jason wrote:I think I read some were that the price could be around £30 - £50 now if that’s true it would not be much more than a new controller!
I heard around $60, and I think that's somewhere in the general area of £40 to £50.

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