Microsoft announced Project Natal yesterday at E3, and it has shocked the gaming world. The core base of Xbox 360 owners are young males who typically play FPS and action games. With Project Natal, Microsoft is looking to expand the reach of the 360 ownership beyond the typical young male crowd.
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 sensor’s microphone also allows the Xbox 360 to conduct acoustic source localization and noise suppression, allowing for things such as headset-free party chat over Xbox Live.
Check out a demo video below. It looks incredible.