Future of Gaming = Natal


Earlier this week Project Natal by Microsoft was revealed at the Electronics Expo in California. For those of you that have no idea what that is. Its basically where all three console designers: Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft, reveal the upcoming games and lavish projects that they have been working over the last year. Revealed to the world for the first time was Project Natal and it has shocked the gaming world.

The core base of current Xbox 360 owners are young males like myself, who typically play first person shooters and action games. With Project Natal, Microsoft is looking to expand the reach of the 360 ownership beyond the typical young male crowd. Its inviting you to live in the experience, and become more user friendly for everyone to enjoy, much like Nintendo has done with the Wii when it introduced motion controls. Well Natal takes this innovation by Nintendo to the next level.

Project Natal is a revolutionary new way to play games and enjoy entertainment via the 360 sans a controller. You can move, kick and do whatever you want simply by body gestures. It works by connecting a nine-inch wide horizontal bar with a sensor designed to be positioned lengthwise above or below your video display. The bar features a camera, depth sensor, multi-array microphone, and software that provides full-body 3D motion capture, facial recognition, and voice recognition capabilities.

The Project Natal has on board sensors in the microphone that allow the Xbox 360 to conduct acoustic source localization and noise suppression, allowing for things such as headset-free party chat over Xbox Live. In laymen terms, its the next generation of noise cancellation.

If this is all a little confusing, just check out these two demos that Microsoft showcased at its conference. You surely wont be disappointed.

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