Natal: Microsoft denies need for giant lounges


The company has been quick to respond to the news its new motion control technology will require 13 sq feet of free space to work properly – something that set off alarm bells among gamers in non-USA sized countries like the UK and Japan.


Techflash quoted Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer as saying: "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.”



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But it now seems Mr Mundle was misquoted, misinterpreted or misspoke.


Gaming blog Kotatu checked with Microsoft and was given this reassurance from the company: "The comments recently about the play space for Project Natal were misinterpreted. It is true that the Project Natal sensor reads the configuration of your room and adjusts play space, as appropriate.


"We know that living rooms come in all shapes and sizes, and have conducted numerous play tests to ensure everyone will be able to jump off the couch and into the fun when ‘Project Natal’ launches globally this holiday."


Link: Kotatu

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