E3 2009: Microsoft Reimagines Gaming Experience With Project Natal


During Microsoft’s E3 press conference earlier today, they unveiled a new piece of hardware that may very well revolutionize the video game industry.  The codename is Project Natal and it allows players to interact with their Xbox 360 without a controller.

The device looks similar to the Wii Sensor Bar, but according to the demo, it’s much more advanced.  The device could not only track your full body motions without a controller, but it also has facial & vocal recognition and allows you to import items into games.  It is said Project Natal will work with all Xbox 360 consoles and developers should be receiving units to work with any day now.  Lionhead Studios received an early kit and was able to create an interactive experience simply called ‘Milo’.  Milo is a young boy who the player interracts with through conversation, facial & vocal recognition, and their body movements.  Lionhead Studios’ Peter Molyneux assured us the experience is real and has even gone as far as to invite select media to meet with Milo.

I am a bit skeptical of this device as products in demos are usually exaggerated, but if all of Microsoft’s claims become true, this really could be something that could change how we interract with our home consoles for a very long time.

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4 responses to “E3 2009: Microsoft Reimagines Gaming Experience With Project Natal”

  1. wowgold says:

    I’m excited about Microsoft’s Project Natal. If ever this is launched, I bet they’d be able to get half of the gaming market in it’s first quarter. Oh well, I’d still not be leaving my character in World of Warcraft but I’d make sure I’ll grab Microsoft’s product asap.

  2. refugee says:

    This looks like a more sophisticated version of the 80’s classic Dragons Lair/Space Ace by Don Bluth. Instead of using a joystick, it seems as if one can utilize their bodies to avoid traps and navigates through stages. Very curious to find out more about Natal!

  3. babylinda says:

    This is so awesome. I can see this technology used as a dating sims type of thing also.

  4. msgiggless says:

    I think this is very very cool but it definitely will create a whole new world on how players interact with video games.. I’m into technology and all but I think I’m (somewhat) of an old school gamer that I would like to have my controller. It would be too weird to just use motions, voice ,etc… It would be cool if they can have this for PS3 as well so i can try it! ;D

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