Leaked: Project Natal launch date november 2010

Xbox 360 controller-free motion-sensing camera to launch next fall with 14 games and 'impulse' pricing, claims biz site MCV.

Microsoft Project Natal to receive "impulse buy" RRP

Microsoft Project Natal to receive "impulse buy" RRP

Project Natal will be available worldwide November 2010, launch with 14 games, and sell for about 80 US dollars, according to games biz site MCV. Expect 5 million units for global ship at release, with at least two purchase configurations: As a solo upgrade, or bundled with the 360 console.

MCV cites sources with access to a secret tour Microsoft's been conducting to demonstrate Natal's technology to UK publishers and studios. Apparently the tour was designed to drum up developer support for the camera.

If $US80 sounds cheap, a publisher told MCV the company's trying to get it even lower, aiming for "impulse" territory that could drop to as little as 50 US dollars.

Microsoft unveiled Natal this summer at E3 in Los Angeles. The device uses various cameras and microphones to track player movement and audio, allowing for what the company calls a "controller-free" experience.

At the Tokyo Game Show last month, top-tier publishers and developers including Activision, Bethesda, Capcom, Disney, EA, Konami, MTV, Namco Bandai, Sega, Square Enix, THQ and Ubisoft committed to design games for the device.

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