While Microsoft is still riding a wave of goodwill after its unveiling of “Project Natal” to consumers, the company says it does not plan to rush the technology — and is willing to wait as long as necessary before putting the new gaming control system on store shelves.
While tech demos of the product are working smoothly, Shane Kim, corporate vice president of strategy and business development for Microsoft, says “Natal” will not launch until the company and its publishing partners are convinced there is sufficient software built around it — no matter how long that takes.
“We have a lot to do on the hardware and software itself, but we won’t ship it until we’re confident we have a minimum number of incredible experiences with it,” says Kim. “We’d love for that to be as soon as possible. But we’re not going to ship it too early.”
“Project Natal,” a motion sensor that allows users to control onscreen action without the use of a controller, is a lynchpin in Microsoft’s strategy of extending the life of the Xbox 360.
The device is an enormous investment for Microsoft . It is, in essence, the company’s next generation system — only it will not require consumers to buy a new hardware system.