Bethesda dev: Microsoft should “open up Natal”

Thursday, 20th May 2010 09:32 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Bethesda developer Ashley Cheng has said that Microsoft should “open up” the API of Natal to let other people create apps using it.

The Fallout 3 production director added on his blog the killer app for the motion device could by someone, which had nothing to do with gaming. If Microsoft were to open the API, it’d be a similar move to what Apple’s done with iPhone and iPad.

“Microsoft should open the NATAL API up like Apple does with the iphone/ipad,” said Cheng. “Let anyone make a NATAL “app.” I bet someone makes a killer app that has nothing to do with gaming.”

That said, he said he was “blown away” when he seen it in action.

“Seeing it in action, I was totally blown away by it,” he further added. “It seems wasted on games, really.”

Natal’s due out by October.

Thanks, Videogamer.



  1. NGCes26294BIV

    Surely they will do this? They’d be insane not to.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. pleasant_cabbage

    Yeah, it’d be great to let more ‘nerds’ tamper away on it. So much creativity and invention just waiting to be tapped into.

    Least he sounds like he really enjoyed his time messing around with it, nice to hear some positive news!

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Boris Fett

    @1 This is Microsoft. They’re notoriously against this sort of thing.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Bulk Slash


    That’s hardly fair, MS have XNA which lets bedroom coders make their own games and even sell them. Microsoft even allow full access to the CPU and GPU hardware, which is more than Sony allowed with Linux on PS3 and way more than Nintendo allow on the Wii.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Natal support is added to XNA, it probably just won’t be added until after launch (otherwise MS would need to sell dev Natals to all the bedroom coders).

    #4 5 years ago
  5. raoullduke

    my only interest in natal is if it can be used in conjunction with a standard controller. FPS with standard gameplay but throwing grenades and mele attack and shit with natal.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Callum

    @5 that sounds like a recipe for accidentally throwing my controller like a grenade. My poor TV! Seriously though, I really hope XNA gets some Natal features, would be great to play about with!

    #6 5 years ago

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