Microsoft’s Natal Requires 13 Feet of Space
Microsoft’s Project Natal will supposedly require 13 feet of space between Natal and yourself in order to be recognized by the sensors. This may put a damper on Xbox 360 owners who inhabit tiny spaces.
The comments regarding this “13 feet rule” were made by Microsoft Xbox division’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie. He stated, “To be precise, you’ll want to clear an area extending at least 4 meters (a little more than 13 feet) away from the television. That’s the back edge of the space to be taken into account by the Natal sensors.” “In terms of width and height, the field of vision naturally expands as it moves from the Natal device to that back edge, ending up a little more than 4 meters wide and 2.7 meters high (about 8 feet, 10 inches).”
Project Natal is a motion control option for Xbox 360 that requires no controller; the sensors detect body movement instead of following a remote. It is expected to be released in 2010 with a price tag under $100 and compete against the Nintendo Wii and Sony’s upcoming motion control system, the Playstation Move.