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  • Blog Post: Study Shows Less Than 10 Percent Of Gamers Plan To Purchase Natal, Move

    Considering all the buzz generating about the PlayStation Move and 360's Natal, a recent study shows that the purchase intent among consumers is less than 10 percent for the new motion control devices. OTX's GamePlan Insights tracking study polled 2,000 gamers between May 23 and June 5, 2010... More
  • Blog Post: Parade Magazine Writer Test Drives Natal...And Films It

    Parade covers video games? We were just as surprised as you probably are to discover this news. Parade , the national Sunday magazine distributed through newspapers, got what appears to be a private hands-on session with Microsoft's Natal, and they posted a video on YouTube to prove it. Check it... More
  • Blog Post: Ex-Microsoft Exec Says Natal Will Fail

    With not a whole lot of specifics out there regarding Microsoft's upcoming motion-based control peripheral, it's hard to make a guess at whether or not the device will succeed. Scot Bayless, former studio manager at Microsoft, however, has his mind made up and thinks Project Natal will fail.... More
  • Blog Post: Natal To Release This Fall For More Than $100?

    The rumor mill is in full swing as we get closer to E3. This one concerns the one peripheral that's gotten the least amount of limelight as it saves all major reveals for an E3 event: Natal. In the latest string of rumors, the device will release in October at a price point of $149. At $149 this... More
  • Blog Post: Natal Release Dated?

    A Microsoft Saudi Arabia marketing employee gave an October worldwide release date for the company's motion-based Natal controller in an interview with Saudi television. Is the Middle East stepping up its leak game to compete with Europe? Microsoft has yet to give an official statement regarding... More
  • Blog Post: THQ Undecided On Pricing For Move And Natal Titles

    Over the past few months we've received bits and pieces of information regarding Sony and Microsoft's upcoming motion peripherals, with little data on what sorts of titles we'll be flailing our arms to. With the new technology in tow, it's unclear what sort of development will have to... More
  • Blog Post: Pachter: Slim 360/Natal/250GB Bundle

    Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter is making another bold prediction: Not only does he believe the rumors that Microsoft is preparing to release a slim version of the Xbox 360, but he's proposing that Microsoft is going to release the bundle deal of the century. Pachter says that he expects Microsoft... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Holding Two E3 Press Conferences

    A huge showing is in store for the Xbox 360 at E3 this year. Microsoft has so much to show, in fact, that their press conference has been splintered into two events, one showcasing Project Natal and a media briefing. Microsoft will be holding the “World Premiere Project Natal for Xbox 360 Experience”... More
  • Blog Post: Analyst: Project Natal To Cost $50

    Outspoken Wedbush Morgan video game analyst Michael Pachter recently predicted the price of the 360's upcoming Project Natal motion control device. He believes that the company won’t be charging more than the manufacturing cost for Natal and that Microsoft simply wants it in consumers’... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft: Natal To Have Five-Year Lifespan

    Speaking to gaming website CVG, Xbox director of product management Aaron Greenberg said Microsoft expects its upcoming hands-free, motion control peripheral to have a lifespan up of at least five years. He also confirmed that the Natal would be available for the holiday shopping season this year. The... More
  • Blog Post: Molyneux: Fable III X10 Announcement Will Piss People Off

    This week you can expect a bunch of revelations about Microsoft’s biggest upcoming games from the company’s X10 event. Among those juicy news bits will be a Fable III announcement that creator Peter Molyneux says will leave people “super pissed.” "There's some very, very... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo “Turned Down” Project Natal Tech?

    Nintendo was the first video game manufacturer to mass produce and distribute motion control-based gaming with the Wii. But what if the Wii remote had been replaced with alternative motion control later in the console’s lifespan? According to a recently surfaced rumor, Nintendo apparently “turned... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft: Natal Is A Risk Worth Taking

    For every person who shouts about how innovative Microsoft’s Project Natal is, it seems as though someone else is ready to dismiss the much-hyped device as a glorified Webcam. Sure, it might be fun to mess around with, but Microsoft is playing it safe by relying on what’s essentially retooled... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Natal Confirmed For Holiday 2010 Release

    One of the biggest surprises of last year's E3 was Project Natal, Microsoft's new motion and voice control add-on for the Xbox 360 that looks to take the revolution Nintendo started with the Wii to new heights. Tonight at their CES keynote, Microsoft confirmed rumors that we'll be able to... More
  • Blog Post: Interview: Xbox Live General Manager Marc Whitten

    I recently had a chance to talk to Xbox Live general manager Marc Whitten about some of the new features and issues facing Xbox Live. This is a longer version of the interview that ran in issue 199 of Game Informer. You’ve just launched Facebook, Twitter, and Last.FM for Xbox Live. Has it been... More
  • Blog Post: Ubisoft Developing Ten Titles For Project Natal, Four to Five For Sony Motion Controller

    In a morning call to investors, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot broke the news that the company is devoting some serious resources to developing titles for Microsoft's Project Natal peripheral and Sony's PS3 motion controller. "We have around ten games that will come out for Natal during the... More
  • Blog Post: Time Names Natal One Of 50 Best Inventions of 2009

    Sandwiched between a smart thermostat that will change the way we conserve household energy and the first instance of teleportation, Microsoft’s Project Natal found a home with Time’s 50 Best Inventions of 2009 . The recognition is humbling when considering the list also recognizes a potential... More
  • Blog Post: Project Natal Launch Date Revealed? [UPDATE]

    Details on Microsoft’s Project Natal including a release date, price and launch titles have surfaced on the internet. Now it’s just a matter of whether or not these details are true. According to game site MCV , the device will be released worldwide November 2010. These details emerged during... More
  • Blog Post: Rare Looks To Innovate FPS With Natal

    Perfect Dark was far from perfect, but that's not stopping U.K. developer Rare (creator of the legendary GoldenEye) from trying to take another stab at the first-person shooter genre. In an interview with MCV regarding the genre, Rare studio head Mark Betteridge put forth the developer's intention... More
  • Blog Post: TGS 09: Natal Demonstrated with Beautiful Katamari

    While there are no announced plans to turn them into actual Natal games, project director Kudo Tsunoda used Beautiful Katamari as tech demos for the new peripheral's capabilities. In closed-door demos at Tokyo Game Show, Tsunoda displayed once again that the Natal technology does in fact work as... More
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