Project Natal & Its Instruction Manual(!) In The Wild

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Looks like the Xbox 360's motion sensing add-on is already in the wild and, more importantly, in the hands of someone willing to grab spy shots of the thing and the Project Natal hardware set up guide.

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While we're trained to ignore video game manuals, the Project Natal set up guide tells us a thing or two we didn't know about before, including that the camera accessory will require its own power source—at least in its pre-release incarnation—and include a "new motorized tilt mechanism."

"Do not manually tilt the sensor array on its base," warns the Natal quick start guide. "Doing so can damage the tilt mechanism." Sounds fretfully delicate.

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We've contacted Microsoft to get confirmation that this early look at Natal is the real deal and find out more about the hardware specifications provided within. Multiplayer.it has more shots of the Natal demo unit, should you be curious.

Le prime foto di Natal in esclusiva mondiale su M.it! [Multiplayer.it]

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OrangeExige
Orange Exige

That external power source is really a killer for this. Now it is no longer just a simple plug-and-play, and something like this can rightfully cause problems in households with few outlets.

I wonder if a rechargeable battery would have fared better for Natal. A battery the size of Natal's length would hold a decent charge, but the real question is: how much power does Natal really use?

Maayybe MS decided last-minute to add the onboard processor??