Microsoft leak confirms Natal in 2010, 360 Game Room

Video interview with Robbie Bach puts motion-sensing camera peripheral in this year's lineup, reveals collection of 30+ retro games; launch trailer inside.

Prior to Microsoft taking the stage for its 2010 Consumer Electronics Show address, the company leaked out a potential preview of the event. Microsoft's Channel 9 anti-marketing marketing division posted (and then pulled) a video interview with Entertainment and Devices division president Robbie Bach in which the executive addressed a handful of news items presumably intended to come out in the CES address.

Project Natal is less than a year away.

First up, Bach listed Project Natal among the company's expected highlights for 2010, alongside Halo Reach and further expansion of the Xbox Live service. The motion-sensing camera peripheral had been largely assumed to be a 2010 launch for the company, but Microsoft itself hadn't actually confirmed the date previously.

The other bit of news Bach discussed was the introduction of Xbox Game Room. In October, a Microsoft consumer survey floated the idea of an Avatar arcade where Xbox Live users would be able to play retro games from vintage consoles like the Atari 2600 and Intellivision. Bach touched on the Game Room in the leaked video, describing it as a place where gamers can play "30 or more" retro-styled games.

Game Room, revealed.

"There's a generation of people who grew up with a set of games like Centipede," Bach said. "They look almost like casual, fun games today. At the time they were high-end, edgy games. Game Room is the idea of bringing that back to the market and bringing it to a very broad audience."

While he acknowledged that traditional gamer audiences would likely be drawn to Game Room because of nostalgic familiarity with the offerings on hand, Bach stressed that it would hold a much broader appeal as well.

"It's sort of like my daughter going to watch Journey," Bach said. "She thinks it's a cool band, and I like the music."

Check out GameSpot's live blog of the Microsoft CES conference (coverage to start at 6:30 p.m. Pacific) to find out what else the company has up its sleeve.

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47 comments
MaxGamer
MaxGamer

this is so stupid who would want to change a tire in a virtual world anyone who's changed a tire in RL knows that it absolutely sucks you have to be dumb to put that into a video to hype a product id much rather sit on my couch with total control of the game than flail my arms around like an idiot doing things that blow in the real world this might be worth the rental

sharkbiscuit79
sharkbiscuit79

retro games eh mmmmm is that what live arcade is for??????????

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

I'm okay with the concept of Natal, unless they make it mandatory that I use it. I prefer the controller. As for Game Room, I like the idea of introducing more retro games, but I hate those avatars. They look childish and moronic. Seriously, no-one else but those avatars could make playing an electric guitar or owning a pet monkey look so stupid. The props aren't very interesting. It still irritates me that they introduced Gears of War 2 avatar stuff, but there was no lancer.

Excedra
Excedra

@WishTifaWasReal I pity you man.....its just sad......

YoungDab
YoungDab

Yea! Lol Microsoft be wildin wit these voice overs B ha! Get Em.

jonzilla_basic
jonzilla_basic

Ok This is going to be AWESOME. These are games that I grew up playing!!

magicalclick
magicalclick

LOL StSk8ter29 LO, your claim is not about Natal, but more about wearing a HDTV on your head.

WishTifaWasReal
WishTifaWasReal

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tony382
tony382

I just hope they don't plan on charging us for those retro games we currently own. I have all of them and don't plan on paying again.

Pumpkinhead3
Pumpkinhead3

i'm interested in seeing how natal turns out... ... but i am sick at the fact that yet another halo is coming out (and is supposed to be one of the years "highlights"). i'm so sick of that series. i want to see some great, fresh new IP's

Sonic3190
Sonic3190

CES conference on both sides were a bit dull. Natal could make or break the 360. We just have to sit back, play some games and wait for more leaked footage over the year. =D

chromium42
chromium42

*yawn* I just can't get excited about Natal.

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

The problem with Natal is that you have to always be facing the screen to see the action. Only combining Natal with a headset would give a full range of motion. Imagine playing a game like Oblivion; how would you tell it to turn left or right? If you turned your whole body you wouldn't be facing the screen. I have a feeling Natal will be interesting in thought but end on the same hang-ups that Nintendo has already experienced with the Wii. Actually, if you think about what I said, the Wii has a significant advantage with the fact that you have buttons to handle those extra interactions. People may be hyped over Natal but it will undeniably encounter hang-ups without additional hardware to supplement the original concept.

Icehearted
Icehearted

Of the current 3 (or 2, sorry Wii), I only own an Xbox 360, and aside from the fact that it sounds like a Harrier on takeoff for as long as it's on, it's a pretty good system. MS, on the otherhand, seems to have trouble making up it's mind abouthow to exploit it best. Overpriced DLC, done! Digitally distributed games that cost more than their physical counterparts at retail, done! Needlessly charging for online play, done! Worthless user created Avatars that appear cheaply made and cost money to accessorize because we can't be bothered with do-nothing Avatars unless we prove we're a pigeon that will spend money on something that does nothing, done and done! And now motion control, because every pervert at heart needs an opportunity to bait a virtual child into the woods with an interface that allows for hands-free motion controls. I couldn't be any less excited if they painted flames and put spinning rims on this thing. I have an Xbox 360 because I like wiggling joysticks and pressing buttons to make things go kaboom, and not because I need to brush up on how to mime digging holes to hide the body.

LoserMike
LoserMike

Hopefully the retro games are free for gold members.

Flint247
Flint247

The game room should be interesting.

stinkymonkey58
stinkymonkey58

i really doubt that this will work, i know a man who worked at 3DV Systems, which was the company that came up with the time-of-flight camera before selling it to Microsoft, it was his baby and brainchild but he gave up on it cause he knew that it wouldn't work, that being said i am kind of hopeful that something will come of this... on another note does anyone know if Sony is developing any similar technology to compete with Microsoft?

jmizzal
jmizzal

Lol at Natal lovers the same people that hate Wii motion controls

JPH85
JPH85

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9mmSpliff
9mmSpliff

I don tknow about Natal. I am scared and excited for it, but I think Sony went the safe route and did a Wiimote revised for its System.

CVM_123
CVM_123

wow this is the definition of ULTRA EPIC FAIL!

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

The past and the future all in one news story...awesome. :)

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

liking the game room idea...never been thrilled with Natal as a system to play the games, as far as other uses for a multimedia set up, the functions of Natal could be very cool. Camera/voice recognition, no remote to browse tabs and stuff, that could be cool for movies, music, TV, etc. Also, mini games as well that could be released on XBLA such as the one they demoed where it was 3d balls coming at you and you had to block them. That sort of stuff could be cool. But as far as full fledged games I have a bad feeling we're gonna get cheesy, crappy games such as half of the Wii's library from 3rd party devs. I'm not into Natal, I'll pass. Like I said though, game room sounds great. I hope you don't have to pay too much...

sirbargearse
sirbargearse

Sorry but when the most exciting announcement coming from Microsoft is the 2010 equivalent to the "Power Glove" then things can't be looking up! Some aspects of the Natal look cool but it should have been held back to be a permanent part of the next Microsoft console. Not an add on. Add on peripherals tend to never work out.

suicidalblues
suicidalblues

Zloth2 - if you didn't know about Natal and the 2010 release you were just about the only one. They announced that at LAST YEARS E3.

joksterz78
joksterz78

well, this will be interesting, but... this sounds like the eye toy for the PS2 and this seems like Wii tech. as well... I'm not sure whether this is good or bad.

Zloth2
Zloth2

"I think we all knew natal was for 2010" I didn't - and still don't. I wouldn't surprise me a bit if this thing got delayed into Spring 2011. It's a prett new way to control games so, as with anything new, there's a real high chance for unexpected things to crop up.

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

This had better turn out to be something unique and real, and not the same crap that nintendo came up with.

gregpfunk
gregpfunk

I hate motion controls, Sixaxxis was ps3's dumbest idea and yet hardcore gamers are going to be getting phased out to tend to a broader range of customers. We will see.

frankcrisostomo
frankcrisostomo

@tonitorsi Natal used infrared sensors to make a 3D map of the environment. You might think is similar to the eye toy but the technology is completely different. Don't forget the Xbox 360 already has the vision cam that is similar to the eye toy. Natal is something completely different than the Eye Toy. Anyways why are you complaining isn't the PS3 coming out with their new motion controller balls on sticks...I mean Sphere.

okassar
okassar

Is this really news? This is like a leak that confirms like 10 other leaks. That being said, I'm looking forward to seeing how Natal plays out, I never used 3d motion sensing, I hope it's worth the price however much that is.

maaly81
maaly81

how much? will decide this things fate......

jedikevin2
jedikevin2

Everytime I see this i just feel Microsoft is trying to tap into the "natural gaming Wii" area. Really feels like its unneeded and could end up just being another peripheral that people buy but turns out to be bland. I mean Microsoft already took with the light hearted avatars so guess they still trying to push into that "natural" area. What they need to do is get more exclusives pumpin out. Halo in name is really blanding out and most of there other exclusives seem to land on the PC these days. 2009 was the explosion of ps3 exlcusives and I'm really looking to see what the next move for microsoft will be now. This though just reminds me when the ps3 added all that 6 axis stuff for there controller which in the end just went ..........

snipeshot11
snipeshot11

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-HCMF-
-HCMF-

groovy. I still think MS is missing a huge market by not having all the dreamcast games on live - toy comander onlineanyone???

jasonharris48
jasonharris48

@ tonitorsi welcome to the game industries where everyone copies off one another.

lamprey263
lamprey263

Natal, Halo Reach, Avatar Arcade... yeah, didn't we already know this was coming this year?

Sonicplys
Sonicplys

Natal: the next power glove.

sircyrus
sircyrus

I really have to see Natal in motion and try it for myself before I get a sense of if it's going to work or not. I've played the "virtual reality" arcade games of the past which used cameras to record your movements, and they were always a letdown.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Personally I don't mind that Microsoft is exploring the casual gaming field, but my primary concern is that they don't abandon classic gaming.

razorblad110
razorblad110

to Darkon_X: EXACTLY...its not like they confirmed Fable 3 for fall 2010, and they also confirmed Fable 3 would use Natal.......but then again, its not like one company made both Fable 3 AND Natal.....oh wait!

Flint247
Flint247

Since I have 360 now, I might look into Natal and see if it will be good.

Fievel03
Fievel03

Journey hasn't been cool since Steve Perry left.

Darkon_X
Darkon_X

I think we all knew natal was for 2010