The Goods: XBox 360’s Natal Ready To Change The Game

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John Kennedy / January 8, 2010

Finally! After announcing it at the Electronics Entertainment Expo 2009 (E3 for you techies out there) last year, Microsoft took time out of its presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week to announce that Project Natal for the Xbox 360 will be released in time for the 2010 holiday season. If you have absolutely no idea what we’re talking about, here’s the deal: Natal is basically Microsoft’s version of the Nintendo Wii. It connects directly to your Xbox 360 (sorry, folks, no original Xboxes) and uses its 3D gesture recognition camera to recognize motions that you make with your arms, hands, legs and feet and then it mimics them on-screen for you, eliminating the need for a controller. For instance, if you’re playing a boxing game, you can throw a bunch of haymakers and your character in the game throws haymakers, too. If you’re playing a driving game, you can position your hands as if you’re gripping a wheel and turn them when you want your car to turn. No price yet, but you can be sure you’re gonna have to do this on Black Friday if you want this next Christmas. ––Chris Yuscavage

Watch celebrities take their turns on the Natal at E3 last year to see exactly how it works:

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Sugar Ray Leonard, Eric Dickerson and Willie Gault

Paul Rodriguez

Jordan Farmar and Josh Shipp