Japan, Relax About Project Natal!

There has been concern in Japan that only ginormous American living rooms are suitable for Microsoft's upcoming motion control peripheral Natal. No need for concern, says Microsoft.

According to website Techflash, "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."

While it was perceived that a range of 4 meters (over 13 feet) was needed for the Natal to work properly, this is incorrect. "The comments recently about the play space for 'Project Natal' were misinterpreted," Microsoft told Kotaku. "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."

So even smaller living rooms in Japan and everywhere else *should* conceivably be A-OK!


    Sweet, was getting worried because I'm running my 360 through my pc monitor and I've got a wall a bit under 2 metres behind me.

    Surely Natal (or whatever it is eventally called) will use little (if any) more than either the Wii needs for its Sensor Bar and Motes, or EyeToy/PS Eye has done for 7 yrs?

    I still have my own misgivings about scratching myself and changing gears on some Natal driving sim, or stretching my aching muscles and accidentally killing an NPC, but I cant wait for Natal.

    The Wii has taught me that sure you can still use it in smaller rooms, but I find myself aiming higher than need be to compensate for the lack of distance.

    I expect Natal to be inaccurate in a less than idea room.

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