Microsoft hopeful of having Natal playable to TGS public

Tuesday, 18th May 2010 14:23 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Want to go hands-on, or whatever the term, with Natal? Going to Tokyo in September, by any chance? Read on.

Microsoft’s said that it’s hopeful it’ll have the camera on the show-floor for everyone to try at Tokyo Game Show come September.

“It was in limited form [at last year's TGS],” says Xbox Japan boss Takashi Sensui in an interview with Nikkei. “This year, we’d like to ready a space for a wide audience to experience it.”

Last year’s event saw the firm announce the full list of partners for Natal, with a panel from big name Japanese developers including Hideo Kojima and Keiji Inafune of Konami and Capcom respectively, with the former calling it the next “2D to 3D shift”.

Sensui also addressed previous concerns about the space required to use the motion-camera.

“There’s need for a certain amount of space, but we believe the general home will be able to enjoy it – and that includes Japanese living environments.”

TGS takes place between September 16-19, with the first two days being for business only. The final two days will be open to the public.

Natal’s due by October, possibly for a “speculative” $200.

Thanks, Andriasang.



  1. 52pickup

    Why bother? Japan doesn’t do 360′s.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Dannybuoy

    Maybe that’s the reason. Maybe drum up a bit of excitement for it over there. Or maybe not

    #2 5 years ago
  3. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Blimey, you’d have to hope it was useable by then.

    Kinda backs up what lots of devs are saying behind their ndas about it being ‘shit’.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. sennasnit

    If it’s supposed to be released WW in October, and they are talking about only having a public playable version at TGS in September, that stinks of “It’s not ready” or “It doesn’t work properly”

    #4 5 years ago
  5. itsucks

    And you stink of desperation. :D

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Madlink

    Good stuff, I’m heading to TGS this year, so it’ll be nice to actually try this tech out.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. gameeer13

    so is it not going to be playable at E3? if they don’t let people play it then it will be hard to sell. we, the public, need to see if it is accurate and precise!

    #7 5 years ago

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