Natal will have five year lifespan, says Greenberg

Monday, 15th February 2010 15:25 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg reckons Project Natal will have a five year lifespan from its release this Holiday season.

Speaking with CVG, he said:

The richness of the technology is going to really enable experiences that never had existed before. And we’re not just speaking about what we’re doing this year, but I think two, three, four, five years from now as this evolves.”

The exec also stepped away from comparisons to Sony’s EyeToy for PS2.

We obviously could have done a motion controller if we’d have wanted to do that, but we felt that would be a much more interruptive experience. We had an opportunity here to really do something that’s transformative and brings a whole new category of experiences to life.

Now we’re saying to creators: ‘We can see when you move your hand, when you move your feet, we can track your body. I can stand in front of this sensor and it can recognise my face and know if it’s me, or my brother or my sister.”

Greenberg confirmed at the weekend the camera is still at the codename status, but the full name for it could be revealed as early as E3.

Natal was confirmed for a Holiday release at CES at the start of January.



  1. Eregol

    So, they’re not expecting it to be compatible with the next Xbox?
    A 5 year lifespan suggests exactly that.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. cookiejar

    Because the new Xbox will be just a dome you walk into, shut a sliding door, then clown about like a muppet whilst wearing a pair of 3D goggles.

    If you wave your left hand in the air whilst in the dome, you will update your Facebook status, and post images of said actions to Windows Live Photo Gallery.

    So yeah, Natal not needed!

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    It’s more likely that they’ll have an upgraded version in place for the next xbox, rather than re-using old tech. (Higher resolution etc)

    #3 5 years ago
  4. mington

    in 5 years time we’ll all have vagina shaped bio ports at the base of our spines

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    Peasant! Some of us have had them for years.


    #5 5 years ago
  6. mington

    i got mine done at the weekend at my local ear piercing shop

    still a bit tender

    #6 5 years ago
  7. reask

    ^ Ouch. :(

    #7 5 years ago
  8. The Hindle

    I want those implants!! and i wonder if those rumours are true about it being like the eye toy probably just haters who say it. If it doesnt succeed though will Microsoft have post Natal depression :) terrible i know

    #8 5 years ago
  9. NoxNoctisUmbra


    Somehow I dont see any hardcore players play it in 5 years

    #9 5 years ago
  10. RGW1982

    Natal Has FAIL Written All Over It.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. onlineatron

    Natal has ‘probable success’ written all over it.

    Microsoft will market it well, casual people will buy it (if around £50) and it should be implemented well into fun games.

    I can’t see it being a failure.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. RGW1982

    If You Call Moving Your Fingers Back & Fourth To Make Your Character Run Across The Screen Fun, Then Maybe.

    In Terms Of Games Natal Has Fail Written On It, Now Having Something Like Natal For Internet Browsing & Browsing Files Would Be Fine, But Controllerless Gaming Is Just Terrible.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. onlineatron

    ‘If You Call Moving Your Fingers Back & Fourth To Make Your Character Run Across The Screen Fun, Then Maybe.’

    Natal hasn’t the capability to make such minute movements register.

    In terms of user interface I’d imagine it will be a roaring success. In terms of games we should see some interesting stuff, especially if it’s used in unison with a controller.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Psychotext

    Natal hasn’t the capability to make such minute movements register.

    Not entirely true. It just can’t do that at the same time as tracking the rest of your body.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Whizzo

    I wonder how much the blatant product placement in the most recent “Smallville” of Natal and the 360 cost MS?

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    What was shown?

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Whizzo

    You can see it here and there’s a good reason why he’s not on the couch with Chloe instead of playing with the 360, he’s really 12.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. NoxNoctisUmbra

    ^^^^ What happen to the first guy who plays as superman? is this the new guy? WTF are they thinking?

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Gekidami

    I stopped watching Smallville ages ago, its the type of series that should probably actually have an end rather then go on forever. I’m surprised Allison Mack is still in it.

    #19 5 years ago

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