Microsoft's Project Natal becomes Kinect for Xbox
Microsoft's revolutionary Project Natal has finally been christened, after a bombastic launch at the E3 event in LA involving a two-night only, specially commissioned Cirque du Soleil performance, and the mechanical elephant from the last Take That tour.
The Kinect has launched - the new Xbox hardware that includes cameras and a microphone to map players' bodies so they can interact directly with games:
Several games were demonstrated on stage last night, including Wii-esque sports games, sword fights and white-water rafting. The feature that seems to have pundits most excited, however, is nothing to do with the gaming experience - Kinect includes video chat, with a wide-angle camera that allows groups of people to chat online. Such Skype-esque qualities are potentially a game-changer, because by bundling them into a family-targeted, mainstream console, video chat could explode even further.
Prices and international availability are due to be released at E3 later today. What do you think? Will it be Microsoft's Christmas this time around?