Microsoft confirms new Xbox 360 controller

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) kicked off in Los Angeles today with Microsoft’s opening keynote announcing several new technologies designed for its Xbox 360 game console.  The most anticipated part of the keynote, of course, was the announcement of an eagerly anticipated new controller from Microsoft.

As previously expected, Microsoft today confirmed the launch of "Project Natal," a new motion-sensing control system aimed to take the controller out of your hands.  Gamers will now be able to shoot terrorists and other bad guys by pulling an imaginary trigger, or throw a football by using a real arm motion.

Microsoft said it developed the new technology using a camera, several microphones, depth sensor, and custom software able to help stitch together a unique three-dimensional map of each gamer’s movement.  The company also says the sensor is able to tell when a gamer’s tone of voice changes, which will alter the speed in which the controller reacts to movements.

Microsoft confirms new Xbox 360 controller

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Although the Nintendo Wii’s Wiimote controller has been extremely popular, it’ll be interesting to see how Microsoft does with a controller that doesn’t need to be physically held.  If it’s accurate and effective, expect this device to possibly fly off store shelves after release.

There has been a growing trend in interactive entertainment, as game makers hope to keep gamers interested by offering a new game play method.

Microsoft didn’t announce a public launch date for Project Natal, though several unconfirmed reports say it’ll be ready for Christmas.  If it’s ready for release in time for the holiday shopping season, will you purchase one for your Xbox 360?

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