Project Natal: “$150” “Casuals Only”

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Project Natal, Microsoft’s “revolutionary” new Xbox 360 controller system, is set to cost $150 and is due for release October 26th, according to leaked details.

The $150 unit will also be sold as a $300 bundle with the Xbox 360 Arcade. Early listings of the controller at a $200 price point have been repudiated, but the initial sub-$100 hype seems unlikely, lending credence to the $150 price.

The “Project Natal” label is also finally due to be scrapped at E3 in favour of a proper marketer friendly name, it is said.

Unurprisingly, casual and family players are to be the main target for the device, says the leaker:

“Microsoft expects to sell millions and millions of Natal units in its first year on the market so you can expect the software launch line-up to target non-traditional gamers.

A major marketing campaign will also play a key role in attracting and educating the expanded audience about Xbox 360’s controller-free revolution.”

Microsoft naturally declines to comment.

The leak is by way of an unspecified but “trusted” US publisher, and so can be considered comparatively reliable as leaks go.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    22:25 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So...if Microsoft isn't naming it "Project Natal" anymore, what ARE they gonna call it?

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    Comment by g0dslay3r
    01:50 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    project fail
    project we are trying to rip you off
    project you can buy a psp with $150

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    $150? That's almost enough for a console.

    No thanks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:47 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know this'll have little credibility with the S.C. crowd, but... at a friend's get-together to play board/card games, I mentioned Project Natal and the amount of clear space you needed to use it effectively.

    One of the people works for an international sportswear company. He said he saw it at work, that it works well for their (un-named and un-described) business application, and that it does not require as much space as claimed in previous articles here on S.C.

    He's _not_ a computer geek or PC/console gamer, and has been straight-up with me in the past.

    Based on that, I'm willing to wait until it's released before declaring it a techno-fail.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:51 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unurprisingly?

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    Comment by g0dslay3r
    01:49 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    trash.just like their system

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:45 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    YOU RRoD 360 BETA TESTERS CASUALS FAGS SURE GOT TOLD.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:57 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    $150? that's quite cheap if you ask me :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:40 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ... no one asked you...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:40 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ... no one asked you...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:28 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They really are sucking the fun out of gaming with shallow games and pointlessly expensive items.

    Gaming isn't about fun anymore it seems.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:04 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    For everyone saying 150 is way to much yada yada... it will never sell .. yada .. yada.. all I have to say is.. guitar hero and rock band
    if it sucks ... then it might not sell so well...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:07 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    for everyone that is saying 150 is way to much.. it will never sell.. yada yada.. all i have to say is... guitar hero and rock band ...nuff said..
    if it sucks.. well that is another story

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:08 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    double... net lag

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:39 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    +Double fails.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:02 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    fail fails

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:29 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm looking forward to this, to be honest. I've already got the Xbox 360, so it's only going to run me $150. And I'm willing to bet that there's going to be some party game included with both the unit and the Xbox Arcade bundle, which is all it'd need to take off.

    If Microsoft is lame, they might just call it 360 Sports, followed shortly by 360 Play, 360 Resort, and 360 Fit.

    However, the appeal is probably going to be in the titles available via the Games Marketplace. Rather than buying a shovelware title that's going to only be fun for an hour or two for $64.99, I'll be able to pick it up for $10, which might actually make it worth the time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:19 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Motion Control, 3D, Rumble... They're all lame fads and gimmicks. The technology isn't there to make any of these things truly functional. When 3D immerses me with a HD screen that full surrounds me while only requiring a tiny projection box and no glasses, 3D will be more than a gimmick. When rumble technology let's me truly feel everything that is going on around me, then it won't be a gimmick. When motion controls let me reach into my imaginary pockets, sort through a handful of coins, peel an orange that isn't there with my own hands, and let me field strip a gun that is only on screen, then it won't be a gimmick. Companies need to stop chasing after Nintendo which went the complete opposite direction as everyone else because if they didn't they would be where Sega is right now. Next gen, if Nintendo doesn't have an answer for the tech war they couldn't win this time around, they are finished. Their gimmick has already lost it's casual fanbase who want more for $200 than a paperweight.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:00 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "When motion controls let me reach into my imaginary pockets, sort through a handful of coins, peel an orange that isn't there with my own hands, and let me field strip a gun that is only on screen, then it won't be a gimmick."

    That's so true. When motion control as a technology matures, then you would also be able to fap the king sized dick that you never had in real life.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    08:51 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Microsoft’s 'revolutionary' new Xbox 360 controller system"

    Why the quotation marks? The controller definitely IS revolutionary, there's been nothing like it before, unlike the Wii's remote controller, which is just an infrared pointer + accelerometer combo device (+ gyroscope if you add the MotionPlus scam).

    The games, on the other hand, will be 100% demeaning crap, of course, but the controller itself is clearly (unless you are biased against Microsoft) revolutionary, indeed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:05 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol your comment fails big.

    Natal is just a copy of something already done...

    before the "revolutionary" natal, there was a little thingy called EyeToy for the PS2...

    and even beffore the EyeToy, there were games for the PC that worked with a regular webcam...

    get your facts straight before commenting something, because everybody hates fanboys and their trolling comments...

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    Comment by El Chaos
    07:43 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, and you can play them by using spoken commands and they also support object recognition for customizing in-game stuff, everything with just three components: a television set, the console and the single add-on peripheral...

    Idiot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:58 28/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    moron, you dont know much about the entertainment industry do you? i smell butthurt 360 fag.

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    Comment by billanator
    19:50 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    $150? I could buy Halo: Reach Legendary Edition or a bunch of anime paraphernalia. Sorry, M$, but this American isn't buying, no matter what you put on the table to use with this thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:04 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    For 150 buck I am going to casualy ignore this thing.

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    Comment by can i haz milk
    03:15 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    piece of trash !

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:45 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    M$ is gonna sell a Web-Cam for 150...

    I guess that's no surprise coming from a company that sells a $20 flash drive for $70.

    Only 360 fanboys to defend that.

    When M$ is gonna stop rape the 360 fanboys wallets ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:03 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Casuals!?

    CASUALS?!?!!
    CAASSUUAALLSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GRAAAAAAAAAAAAGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:32 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do they have any software lined up for this thing? Right now my interest level is "ooh look at that *keeps walking*."

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:40 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    please break up the sentences into smaller parts, artefact. some of the longer multi-clause ones are unreadable.

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    Comment by Artefact

    The longest is but three clauses, by my count - are you quite sure you're old enough to be visiting this site, or is your reading comprehension and memory perhaps sadly lacking, perchance?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:53 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:44 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    1500SEK never indicated $200. $150 is a more likely translation of 1500SEK.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:34 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    .... USD is at the same value as the Euro now? Huh. I must be horribly out of date with my values. Last time I checked 1 euro was approximately 10 SEK, and 1 dollar was 6-7 SEK.

    According to forex.se right now, for 1228.68 SEK you can buy 150 USD, and for 1638.24 SEK 200 USD.

    Not that I get what your comment is about...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:11 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    While this is true when buying money, it doesn't apply to prices. Especially not electronics prices. Something that costs $150 in the US is very likely to cost 2000 SEK in Sweden, due to higher taxes and smaller volumes.

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    Comment by Noodlestein
    14:24 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I might get it, at least I have plenty of floorspace for it :P

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    Comment by Blkant
    14:45 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This thing just keeps becoming a bigger and bigger joke.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:17 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because the EyeToy did so well....

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    Comment by psycholoner
    15:37 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I loved that thing! Its too bad it didn't fly. Not excited about this though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:44 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The eyetoy did well,yes. But the wii sadly made the idea big like a nuke(was the eyetoy a semi-flop If I remaber right?)

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:47 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    eyetoy didn't seem to catch on very well

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    15:05 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Well, I'll just play this at my friends house...

    That $150.00 will go to buying anime figures or better yet, commission loli-futa hentai doujins...

    Comment by Pyrolight
    15:03 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ya I am betting it is gonna flop. $150 for it is just way too much.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:15 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, but I said the same about the iPhone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:59 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    $150 thats what £80 odd over here, not a bad price

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    Comment by Reichi
    14:20 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aw, they're changing its name? I thought it wasn't half-bad. It doesn't surprise me that initially it'll appeal to casual gamers; the industry's been that way for a while now. Still, high-hopes here for it~

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    Comment by Fronzel
    14:17 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can the dipshits be convinced to mindlessly grab at a video game console a second time?

    Especially since it's doing much the same thing as the last one?

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    Comment by 711
    14:02 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, not surprised with the price point, and quite honestly pleased with the change in the name, just hopefully they will make it better and not worse.

    @Ikuhisashiku

    Project Natal would never fly... "mass audience" (read casual gamer or stupid "blob" of people that will spend 15 hours on queue to buy this on day one) wouldn't touch it with a 10 feet pole with that tag. Probably something with a lot of XXXX's and a logo with italic letter and rounded shapes... THAT is what sells!

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    Comment by Noodlestein
    14:22 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dont forget they'll box it with the all selling Orange/Blue colorscheme

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:14 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    While I'd like to believe that the new name will be better, I'm painfully remembering that the last time a new video game project got a brand new spiffier name, we went from Nintendo REVOLUTION (badass sounding) to Nintendo Wii (...).

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:26 27/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The name Wii sounds cuter and friendlier for those scaredy (japanese) nongamer females and would (did) go viral for the first half year or so because of all the puns you can make in english (we, wee, whee, and so on), ensuring that a lot of non-gamers would hear about it. So in that aspect it was pretty successful. I personally prefer the older name, but it wouldn't have hit its target audience as well as its newer, sillier name. ;_;





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