Waiting for Xbox Kinect (nee Natal)

June 14, 2010

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Today is the day that Microsoft fully takes the wraps off of its much-anticipated motion/gesture system “Project Natal” for the Xbox 360 system. Its press conference promises to be one of the most important at this year’s E3 video game industry trade show in Los Angeles. It’s expected to come out in November in time for the holiday season.

The camera-based system got a early pre-introduction to the media last night — and a new name, “Kinect” — in a Cirque Du Soleil event that has been called both amazing and odd. We can’t tell you much about it since I did not attend, and Microsoft banned cameras. But we scoured the world (that is, you know, we googled Youtube) for some reports from those who got a glimpse (and snuck in cell phone cameras.)

Stay tuned for more details about the system and other development from E3. Until then, here’s a demo video of the kinds of things Natal will enable families to do — with no controllers.

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