Natal: Tech based on “ground-breaking” PrimeSensor 3D design

Wednesday, 31st March 2010 14:10 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Microsoft just announced that it’s used PrimeSense, a “leader in 3D sensing and recognition technologies,” to “aid” 360 motion camera Project Natal.

A joint PR just released by the two firms specifically says that Natal is “based on the PrimeSensor reference design”.

Looking at Primesense’s site shows a bespoke, gesture-based camera solution for use with games and other interfaces.

It wasn’t 3DV, then.

Natal’s out for 360 at the end of this year. Get the full PR below.


Ground-Breaking Optical Sensing and Recognition Technologies to Aid Gesture Control Platform

LONDON – 31 March 2010 – ‘Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) and PrimeSense™, the leader in 3D sensing and recognition technologies, announced today that PrimeSense will be providing its leading-edge 3D-sensing technology for use in “Project Natal” for Xbox 360.

“We’ve seen tremendous excitement and anticipation for the arrival of ‘Project Natal’ this year,” said Ian Spillinger, Vice President of Xbox 360 hardware. “PrimeSense has delivered an important component to the technology, helping us deliver revolutionary controller-free entertainment experiences in the living room.”

“PrimeSense’s technology enables a paradigm shift in the way people interact with consumer electronic devices. The engagement with Xbox 360 establishes PrimeSense’s position as a leading supplier of 3D-sensing technology,” said Inon Beracha, Chief Executive Officer, PrimeSense. “We are especially honoured to have a partner like Microsoft who share our vision for bringing innovative and engaging natural experiences to consumers.”

“Xbox 360 Hardware Engineering teams developed the ‘Project Natal’ sensor based on the PrimeSensor™ reference design to support the special requirements of ‘Project Natal,’” said Aviad Maizels, president and founder, PrimeSense.

Microsoft recently announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that “Project Natal” will be available during Christmas 2010.




  1. Moonwalker1982

    This could either turn out really well, or simply turn out to be something i won’t care for. I don’t need it in my racing games, not that i’m a big racer, but still.

    For First person shooters it COULD be very very awesome, if implemented well in the game. If they are only going to make it for gimmicky games, then i don’t care. I am very curious to see what this is gonna be all about though.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Erthazus


    #2 5 years ago
  3. pleasant_cabbage

    I’d love a ‘drunken milf who is hotter than her hubby’ sim.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. theevilaires

    the plot begins to thicken on M$ side. This E3 is going to be straight out war.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Droid

    Judging from the pdf on their site, the natal device will be pretty small. Makes me think of the gimmicky old 3d (steroscopic) film cameras from the 80s/90s.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. JPickford

    This clinches it for me!

    #6 5 years ago
  7. NGCes26294BIV

    Check it out – Primesense demo – looks pretty interesting.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Razor

    What’s the difference?

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Gekidami

    That video on PrimeSense’s main page really is aload of BS. Just like that Natal video MS has at E3, it shows nothing thats actually running in real-time and are just a bunch of ideas that will probably never become a reality anytime soon.
    The only thing that is real is navigating menus with your hand and maybe pausing the video. But it looks like it would still be faster to do all of that with a remote.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. theevilaires

    agrees with GEK 100% (just didn’t want to be the first person to say it :D )

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    and guys, don’t believe it.

    Its really a 3DV systems technology. Microsoft bought them i remember.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Amored

    I hope this will work with You’re In The Movies, so the damn game will work better, or at all…
    Also hope they make another You’re In The Movies-type game for Natal. It could be very fun if one doesn’t have to “re-calibrate” the camera before every single minigame.

    #12 5 years ago

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