Microsoft Expects Natal to Replace Remotes

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Microsoft has put an awful lot of stock in its upcoming motion-sensitive controller for the Xbox 360, so far known only by its codename, Porject Natal. Now, the company has gone so far as to say that it thinks the controller will replace normal remotes.

Word comes from GamesIndustry that Microsoft has some far reaching plans for Project Natal that go a little further than just the Xbox 360 itself, changing the way people view their whole home entertainment setup. When we heard what they have to say about Natal, it does sound fairly compelling. According to Microsoft’s Marc Whitten, general manager of Xbox Live,

“With the flick of my wrist I can change a channel. With the power of my voice I can start a movie.

I don’t believe we are currently in the golden age of television or the golden age of the game console or the golden age of the Internet; frankly, five years from now I don’t know that you’ll be able to tell the difference between those worlds.”

Clearly, Whitten is a man who is sold completely on what he’s working on, and Project Natal seems to be at the core of that development. Indeed, it’s an interesting aspect of Project Natal, especially in this context, that it operates independent of physical controllers. Both Nintendo’s Wii and Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 3 motion controller are reliant on the user physically holding onto the hardware, something that Natal neatly avoids.

We’ll be curious to see now just what additional controls Microsoft can build into Natal, but certainly this is among the most interesting speeches we’ve heard on the topic.

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2 Responses to “Microsoft Expects Natal to Replace Remotes”

  1. nutterguy Says:


    Might want to watch this if your interested.

    • komplettie Says:

      I’m really curious about it, but I know that a lot of those E3 demonstrations aren’t real footage (I’ve learned to be a little wary of them).

      That said, the on-stage tech-demoes of natal from E3 were certainly real, and very cool indeed 🙂

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