Controller-Free Games Previewed by Microsoft

Project_Natal_CameraAhead of the upcoming 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Microsoft made a preview this week of games that will not require any controller at all.

This company’s vision will be realized using Project Natal for XBox 360. The device, about the size of a stapler, will enable users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the need to touch a game controller through a natural user interface using gestures, spoken commands, or presented objects and images.

Project Natal is a code name, named after the city of Natal in Brazil. Microsoft has the tradition of using city names as code names. At the same time, natal means “of relating to birth” since the project is regarded as “the birth of the next generation of home entertainment.” Rumors have it that the formal name of the project would be XBox Wave Camera.

The preview of the tech demos was presented to some journalists this week. The four games were River Rush, Ricochet, Living Statue and Obstacle Course. Microsoft did not reveal which one will be part of the launch of Project Natal on Monday when E3 opens.

The 2010 E3 is scheduled to take place on June 14-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The annual event features a trade show for the computer and video gaming industry. It is presented by Entertainment Software Association.