Bill Gates Says 'Project Natal' Camera Coming to PC

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Microsoft chairman Bill Gates now says that his company's motion-sensitive camera, codenamed Project Natal, can also be used in conjunction with a PC.

Gates told CNET that the camera is not meant for only games, "but for media consumption as a whole, and even if they connect it up to Windows PCs for interacting in terms of meetings, and collaboration, and communication."

"Both the Xbox guys and the Windows guys latched onto that and now even since they latched onto it the idea of how it can be used in the office is getting much more concrete, and is pretty exciting," he said.

The chairman noted that future reductions in the cost of Natal will see it migrate to the office environment.

"I think there's incredible value as we use that in the office connected to a Windows PC," he added. "So Microsoft research and the product groups have a lot going on there, because you can use the cost reduction that will take place over the years to say, why shouldn't that be in most office environments."

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    July 15, 2009 12:00 PM

    Even though he's only really referenced it in use on windows/PC as anything-but-a-gaming-device, It'd be nice if we'll be able to see some of the more revolutionary titles that are bound to be spawned from this hardware for the Xbox/Next generation of console being ported to the PC

    Revolutionary was probably the wrong word, but the tech demo at E3 certainly interested me

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      July 15, 2009 12:16 PM

      every single control scheme that doesn't involve plastic buttons deemed with any sort of original, innovative or revolutionary tag has been a complete and total failure with almost zero impact on the gaming industry.

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        July 15, 2009 1:14 PM

        Including the motion-sensing aspects of the Wiimote?

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          July 15, 2009 1:16 PM

          It has plastic buttons.

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            July 15, 2009 1:23 PM

            True. I suppose if the Wiimote was just motion-sensing and didn't have any buttons at all, it wouldn't have had half the impact it has.

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          July 15, 2009 1:57 PM

          it was forced and came with the system and HAD to be developed for. (wiimote)

          Natal is some xtra shit no1 is gonna buy or make games for . (just like every other powerglove/lightgun/mariomouse thing)

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        July 15, 2009 1:39 PM

        Wii Balance Board?