Friday, September 25, 2009

Project Natal Broadly Supported by Game Developers

Xbit Labs: At Tokyo Games Show Microsoft said that its forthcoming 3D image-sensing Natal device is supported by 14 major developers of video games. Among them are Activision Blizzard, Bethesda Softworks, Capcom, Disney Interactive, Electronic Arts, Konami, MTV Games, Namco Bandai, Sega, Square Enix, THQ, Ubisoft and, of course, Microsoft Game Studios.

Developers who received development kits from Microsoft in early June, used the opening of the Tokyo Game Show to voice their excitement about the device. Microsoft Project Natal device combines an RGB camera, depth sensor, multi-array microphone and custom processor. The depth sensor, which is an infrared projector combined with a monochrome CMOS sensor, allows Natal to see the room in 3D under any lighting conditions.

Update: Project Natal FAQ gives a lot more details, both technical and business.

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