Natal will “surprise you”, says Greenberg

Tuesday, 30th March 2010 23:09 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Aaron Greenberg has said that the variety of games slated for Natal this year will “surprise” people.

Speaking in the latest issue of Edge (via CVG), Greenberg said that the games portfolio for it was thought out “years in advance”.

“The potential is tremendous and we have thought out the portfolio years in advance,” he said. “I think people will be surprised even in the first year by the variety of experiences you’ll get. The beauty of Natal is that it brings you, male or female, young or old, an experience that everyone can enjoy.

“Whether it’s gaming experiences or lifestyle experiences, everything we’re doing in the design is about thinking of a way anyone can step in front of it and be able to use it in a matter of seconds.

“Sure, we could have done a motion controller if we wanted to, but that’s not who we are. We’re a team that makes big bets. Natal is a big bet, and we think it’s a game changer.”

Greenberg previously stated that Microsoft was going to be “very careful” with what it releases for the hands-free controller.

We will find out more at E3 in June, when Microsoft holds its presser and Natal event, we reckon.



  1. 52pickup

    “Greenberg said that the games portfolio for it was thought out “years in advance”.

    Possibly around the same time as Eye Toy?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Razor

    I don’t know…on the one hand you’ve got Sony, who’ve experimented with Natal-like technology (and indeed said they liked it) but found it too limited; and on the other you’ve got MS, saying you’ll get a variety of experiences.

    Someone is gonna look stupid come E3, that’s for sure.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. itsucks

    and that one is the mii-too going against the leader of the market.
    Some flop going head 2 head, but some are really the village idiot for CHOSING to flop.

    Good Riddance.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. onlineatron

    It’s something unpredictable but in the end it’s right I hope you had the time of your life…

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    Time will tell.

    but from what i saw: Yoga game and e.t.c. Its the same Eye toy stuff.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. NiceFellow

    @2 actually you’ve got both Sony and Nintendo saying they passed on this approach as they felt it didn’t work as well for gaming as they wanted.

    Either they’re worried and trying to throw up the FUD or they’re honest (and Mark’s from Sony sounded honest) and genuinely felt that.

    Doesn’t mean MS might not surprise them with games they couldn’t think of, but I’m currently finding Natal the least interesting for games but the most interesting as an interface… and that’s my worry for it for games.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Gheritt White

    Epic, epic lol.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Gekidami

    We know atleast Sony is honnest about testing it because it was filmed. I think the price of the tech probably put them off abit to.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. mtmind2

    I’m looking forward to both Natal and PSMove, however I do feel more excited about Natal. MS could have easily followed Nintendo and Sony with a motion control wand of their own, but then how exciting would that have been if everyone were doing essentially the same thing?

    Hence kudos to MS for at least taking a risk with Natal and as a result making the motion control battle ahead a lot more interesting. :)

    We’ll see how it turns out.

    #9 5 years ago

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