Natal launch details begin to surface

Written by Joe Martin

November 12, 2009 | 11:08

Tags: #details #natal #natal-price #price

Companies: #microsoft

Microsoft have finally begun to trickle out a few details about Natal, the new gesture-based control system for the Xbox 360 that was announced earlier this year.

Natal is being billed by many as a re-launch of the Xbox 360 and uses a camera to detect player movement and recognise faces instead of a regular controller.

According to MCV, who got a private tour of Microsoft's Natal studios, MS is currently planning to manufacture five million Natal units for the official launch, which will be November 2010 across the globe.

Natal will only be available for the Xbox 360, though Sony is working on a competing motion-based controller that uses wands rather than a camera. Natal won't be compatible with all games either, though Microsoft hopes to have 14 launch titles ready for the game, including Lionhead's Milo - a life simulator that's been used as a tech demo for the system.

Price-wise, Natal looks like it'll be a lot cheaper than expected too and sources indicate Microsoft see the Natal controller as an impulse buy. It's set to cost around $80 USD in the states or £50 GBP in the UK - though some sources claim a £30 GBP price point isn't out of the question.

Activision, Bethesda, Capcom, Disney, EA, Konami, MTV, Namco Bandai, Sega, Square Enix, THQ and Ubisoft have all committed to make games for the device in an announcement earlier this year.

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