Microsoft drops internal Natal chip

January 7, 2010 by Ivan Cronyn  

Project Natal

Microsoft has dropped a chip from its forthcoming Natal motion control system to save money. The chip has apparently been removed in favour of a software solution.

“The full Natal hardware/sensor combo always looked like an expensive proposition in a market where Microsoft really needs to turn a profit,” commented Eurogamer technology editor Richard Leadbetter, who helped research the story.

“The notion of offloading the processing to the Xbox 360 CPU in the name of lower costs and easier upgradability makes sense. Patching up older games to run with the new hardware now looks rather unlikely unless they have the CPU time to spare, but hopefully this will serve to focus developers on Natal-specific concepts as opposed to revisiting old classics.”

Project Natal is due out “holiday 2010″.


One Comment on "Microsoft drops internal Natal chip"

  1. Susan Taylor on Thu, 7th Jan 2010 11:10 pm 

    I’m still waiting for a 100% confirmed price for Natal *and* the list of games that will be available on release. I wish they’d show more of Milo..

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