The fifth anniversary of the Xbox 360 is coming up in November 2010 and this is also the expected date for the launch of the new, much hyped Natal Controller. Microsoft are keen to price the motion sensing device for the mass market audience and if they manage these proposed claims they will indeed be successful.
Microsoft spoke to Heaven Media this morning and said their key focus was to make sure the unit was highly affordable and adopted by as many Xbox 360 owners as possible. The UK price has not been set but they reckon it could very well be around the £45 point which would mean it would be little more than a standard official Xbox 360 controller.
When the controller is made available there is going to be a strong focus on game availabilty to help sell the unit … hopefully with 15 games available at launch.
If you haven’t been following the news on this device is is the world’s first set of components to combine an RGB camera, multi array microphone and depth sensor as well as a custom processor running proprietary software. The key element is the depth sensor which is an infrared projector combined with a monochrome CMOS sensor which lets Natal analyse the room in full 3D under all lighting conditions. This RGB camera then processes the three primary color areas and enables a wealth of data to be fed to the processing unit, including facial recognition.
14 Game developers are already on board and we could expect by the time of launch that this figure will more than double.