Microsoft – Natal 2 in development

Monday, 22nd March 2010 12:44 GMT By Johnny Cullen


According to a report from The Sydney Morning Herald, Microsoft’s confirmed it’s already developing Natal 2: 7-9 months before the first one even releases.

Speaking with the Australian newspaper, the Microsoft Research Asia boss Hsiao-Wuen Hon said work was already being carried out on a second version of the camera.

“When we do invent something first like the Natal kind of scenario,” said Hon, “while we have a researcher working with the product group for the first version, we already have a researcher thinking about the second version down the road.”

He further added: “We certainly hope we will continue to be holding that technology. I really love what Microsoft is doing.”

The first version of Natal is due out by the end of the year. Its full name will be revealed at E3 in June.

Thanks, Spong.



  1. theevilaires

    WHAT?!!!! let me guess it’ll have a fucking remote this time and promise to be better than PS MOVE. Fucking M$ have they no shame :D

    #1 5 years ago
  2. OlderGamer

    It might but I bet the Natal 2 Wand will change colors.

    Lets see the Move do that!

    Oh, wait … nevermind.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. DJ Deathstar

    Its probably looking into developing Natal 2 already as it will most likely launch alongside the next generation xbox

    #3 5 years ago
  4. OlderGamer

    I wonder how long till th enext generation of hardware is announced.

    I am guessing sooner then people might think.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    so we are going to play with prototype then? Great.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. theevilaires

    I’m going on a limb and say M$ will announce the nextBOX in 2011. They might give a sneak peak or clue about it this year. Sony won’t open their mouth until M$ does for sure I bet.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Droid

    Let’s just hope they give it a decent name. Although it’s MS so they probably won’t. If it’s called “Jive” I think I’d boycott it for that terrible name alone.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. SplatteredHouse

    second version of the initial model, much like the consoles are built with different pieces, over time. Thinking about ——> in development. Note the gulf, there.
    /is dismayed.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. theevilaires

    I wouldn’t be surprised if these new cameras for both next gen consoles will be built in the machine itself. Although there could be problems to even that. Like people who store their console inside an entertainment center.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Do you think they’ll go the “XBOX 720″ route or something entirely different altogether?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. PolyGoneWithTheWind

    Good question, really. The most important number in “360″ was the 3, to combat the PS3. I guess it depends on whether PlayStation will go with PS4, you could argue either way. Personally, I don’t think it will be Xbox 720 and I don’t think it will be PlayStation 4 either. The number 4 does not brand well…

    #11 5 years ago
  12. theevilaires

    The more you think about the Xbox360 name the more stupid it sounds every second. I hear the number 4 is bad luck in Japan so they will most likely call the next PlayStation a code name.

    But to be slightly on topic I’m betting this Natal 2 will be built inside the next XBOX.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. g00nerz

    pew pew pew!

    #13 5 years ago
  14. PolyGoneWithTheWind

    I think it has to be bundled, there is a very large rumour going round that Microsoft have had to strip a particular processor out of the Natal camera to keep the standalone cost down. Natal 2 may well be integrating the chip they lost into the hardware infrastructure – this could appear in a Xbox 360 slim if thet actually is the case but most definitely in the next Xbox.

    But I heard a rumour that only 4% of rumours are actually true…

    #14 5 years ago
  15. theevilaires

    are you simulating Gears of War, g00nerz :D

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    Xbox names:

    XStation 3
    X of Box
    Natal Box
    Box of Steel

    Playstation names:

    Station of playing
    Playstation X
    Playstation cloud (they registered that tradermark for cloud gaming)
    Playstation 9
    Playstation Live

    I have the most generic names for consoles XD

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Blerk

    They’ll probably call it ‘Xbox Infinity’. And Sony will call theirs ‘Playstation Infinity+1′.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. PolyGoneWithTheWind

    OnLive Infinity to the Power of Infinity and Beyond…

    It’s going to be something similar to a Monty Python sketch…

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    lol……honestly, I think Sony should just plan on eventually calling their next system “PS4″. It just makes sense.

    Not really sure what makes the most sense for Microsoft.

    But yeah, on topic, they must really be seeing some limitations with Natal if they’re already planning it’s follow up development…otherwise, why not put what you’re planning for Natal 2, into Natal 1…

    #19 5 years ago
  20. theevilaires

    Why no Blu-ray drive,why not put a HDMI port from the beginning….Thats M$ for you….half baked

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Dannybuoy


    #21 5 years ago
  22. mtmind2

    Er, this is no surprise guys, this is what you should expect to happen!

    Anyone here *really* thinks Sony isn’t working on PSMove2 already, possibly for launch with the PS4?

    They’re not going to launch these products and then sit on their backsides for a few years :)

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    “They’re not going to launch these products and then sit on their backsides for a few years”

    Obviously. Just odd they’d be working on follow up 4-6 months before origial product is even launched.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. theevilaires

    They don’t want to repeat windows vista Dr.G ;) that’s why they are working on a new version so soon. :D

    #24 5 years ago
  25. NiceFellow

    This info, coupled with dropping components to cut costs, isn’t getting me too rosy for Natal. Sounds like V1 is going to be more like V0.5 the way they’re going.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. DeSpiritusBellum

    @25 I was thinking the same thing, although considering the technology they’re working with, we’re talking about cutting edge stuff at a very affordable cost. Any sort of succes with that would still be pretty impressive.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Phoenixblight

    Typical MS put out a buggy system fix the issues later just like they did with Xbox and the 360.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. mtmind2

    @23 who said “Obviously. Just odd they’d be working on follow up 4-6 months before origial product is even launched.”

    I don’t see anything odd really. Why should work on a successor *only* start after the launch of the first?

    @25 – Whilst the lost of the built-in CPU is disappointing, it is understandable and makes sense. Natal at say $50-$60 can fly off the shelves, it’s an impulse buy where even gamers not really interested may buy one out of curiousity. With a built-in CPU (and memory), then at say $100-$120 it’s not going to be as easy to sell, where many will wait for the price to drop and for more games to be released for it.

    @27 – Why don’t we wait and see first before jumping to conclusions. ;-) E3 is not far away, I’m sure we’ll have many of the answers by then.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    “I don’t see anything odd really. Why should work on a successor *only* start after the launch of the first?”

    Because Natal is either going to work, or it’s not. They’d best be putting their eggs all in one basket at this point. ESPECIALLY with the uncertainty of how direct competition PS-Move will play out.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Phoenixblight


    Look at MS’s track record. Their OS releases do the exact same thing 2000, Vista, Xbox, Xbox 360, ring any bells?

    #30 5 years ago
  31. mtmind2

    @29 – Well Natal is unlikely not to work, it *will* work, we just have to see how well it works :)

    And my point regarding Natal 2 is that we ALL know that right now, MS and Sony are working on their next-gen consoles. Hence for me, it seems obvious that ‘Natal 2′ is being designed with the next-gen XBox in mind, where the console and ‘Natal 2′ will be designed from the start to get the most out of the technology, unlike Natal which is an add-on bound by the limitations of the current 360. In otherwords, Natal 2 is not for the current 360.

    @30 – An OS is completely different. Games software has a mere fraction of the complexity of an OS, and yet we still get bugs in games which need to be patched. So problems are to be expected on OSs, especially on PCs.

    Yes the XBox 360 had hardware issues, but so did the PS2 (DRE problem anyone?) and the Playstation (anyone remember turning it upside down to get the CD to work?). The XBox had a minor issue with power leads, the first PSPs had analog stick and dead pixel problems, the first iPod Nanos had screen scratching issues etc. There’s even the Sony rootkit controversy and their recall of millions of potentially explosive laptop batteries.

    So yes, it rings some bells, but let’s not pretend this is specific to Microsoft. Companies like MS and Sony work on the cutting edge of technology (software and hardware), and therefore problems are inevitable as a result of this.

    #31 5 years ago

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