Natal Controller for Xbox 360 introduced
With the Project Natal Microsoft has announced a new controller for the Xbox 360 that is supposed to beat the possibilities of the Nintendo's Wii.
Nintendo's Project Natal allows you to play with your Xbox 360 without using a controller - by using movements, voice and even emotion input. With the presentation Microsoft scored big time at the E3 in Los Angeles.
Project Natal is and optional controller for the Xbox 360 and recognizes movements, gestures and speech. The player doesn't need a controller as it is required for Nintendo's Wii. Project Natal is compatible to all Xbox 360 systems and comes with an RGB camera, a depth sensor and a surround sound microphone. In contrast to 2D cameras and 2D controllers Project Natal is able to record all body movements in 3D, while it can also react to commands, variations in movement and even changes to the tone of the player's voice.
In contrast to other devices Project Natal is independent to light conditions. The sensor recognizes persons by looking them into the face more or less. Furthermore it doesn't react to keywords, but understand exactly what is said. It is also possible to navigate through menus with body gestures. For example it is possible to log into your Xbox Live account by simple taking a step into the direction of the controller.
More information can be found on the Project Natal website. Below you can find several videos that demonstrate the practical use of the new controller.