Project Natal Due in October? [Updated]

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[Update - 3:05pm CST] While Microsoft refuses to comment on the validity of reports that Project Natal will launch in October 2010, the company has told G4 that "Syed Bilal Tariq is not a [Microsoft] employee."

"He is a vendor employed through a third-party company on behalf of the Microsoft subsidiary in Saudi Arabia," explained Microsoft.

G4 adds that Tariq has a tendency to say as-yet-unverified things, for instance telling an interviewer that Xbox 360 exclusive Halo: Reach would hit PC "later on."

[Update - 1:50pm CST] As pointed out by several commenter, the validity of the below claims are in question, as Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg has told Variety that he's never heard of Syed Bilal Tariq and affirmed that "We have not announced any date [for Project Natal] except that it will be available this holiday."

[Original]The Xbox 360's motion-tracking camera add-on Project Natal will be released worldwide in October 2010, Microsoft Saudi marketing manager Syed Bilal Tariq has said.

"Project Natal will be launched in Saudi Arabia and in the world... that is going to be somewhere in October," Tariq revealed in a television interview archived by Gamertag Radio and noticed by Joystiq and Edge.

Microsoft has yet to confirm an exact price or release date for the add-on, through Tariq noted "we will be in a position to confirm the date after E3, which is in June."

Competitor Sony, meanwhile, plans to release its new PlayStation 3 motion-sensing controller, the PlayStation Move, sometime this fall. That controller will be sold in various configurations, including a hardware-software bundle aimed to be under $100.

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