Project Natal for Xbox to be released this year

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Yes, its confirmed — well not yet, but it will be.

Microsoft is officially confirming that Project Natal Xbox add-on will be released later this year. The company initially planned to unveil the news as part of CEO Steve Ballmer’s keynote speech, but word leaked out when Microsoft briefly posted a video to its Channel 9 developer site.

For those who have no clue as to what Natal is, it’s an Xbox add-on that lets users play games using their bodies as controllers. This was first unveiled at last year’s E3 trade show.

In the video, president of the Entertainment & Devices (E&D) Division Robbie Bach also mentioned the Game Room, a new Xbox Live feature that will allow users to create their own arcade. Users can also organize the machines and allows their avatars and avatars of their friends move throughout the virtual arcade.

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10427293-56.html