Euro gamer, they have quoted information from MCV, who have confirmed that Project Natal launched on 4th November 2010. The additional that Microsoft is planning to manufacture 5 million units, which will be prepared on launch.
Kinect was scheduled to launch worldwide starting with North America on November 4, 2010, followed by Europe on November 10, Australia and New Zealand and Singapore on November 18, and Japan on November 20. Purchase options for the sensor peripheral will adding a bundle with the game Kinect Adventures and console bundles with either a 4 GB or 250 GB Xbox 360 console and Kinect Adventures.
Voice recognition capabilities will be available in Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States at launch, but have been postponed until spring 2011 in mainland Europe and Canada. The Kinect sensor’s microphone array enables the Xbox 360 to conduct acoustic source localization and ambient noise suppression, allowing for things such as headset-free party chat over Xbox Live.
Kinect for Xbox 360, or simply Kinect originally known by the code name Project Natal, is a “controller-free gaming and entertainment knowledge” by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 video game platform, and may after be supported by PCs via Windows 8 Based around a webcam-style add-on peripheral for the Xbox 360 console, it enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the need to touch a game controller through a natural user interface using gestures, spoken commands or presented objects and images.
The project is aimed at broadening the Xbox 360’s audience behind its typical gamer base. It will finish with the Wii Remote with Wii Motion Plus and PlayStation Move motion control systems for the Wii and PlayStation 3 home consoles, respectively.
The Kinect sensor is a horizontal bar connected to a small base with a motorized pivot, and is designed to be positioned lengthwise below the video display. The device features an “RGB camera, depth sensor and multi-array microphone running proprietary software”. This provides full-body 3D motion capture, facial recognition, and voice recognition capabilities.
To all possible buyers of the upcoming motion tech ‘Project Natal’ on the Xbox 360 listen up, as we have an update to give you now, on a expected release as well as some likely prices for the device. Here, the interesting part though. The report also makes known that Natal is likely to be under £50, with even £30 as a potential pricing point. That works out around $50-80; though pricing is likely to vary depending on which region you live in.