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Microsoft: Natal to replace TV remote controls

Posted on Monday, November 30 2009 @ 20:23:30 CET by

A Microsoft executive revealed Natal will not only deliver a new experience in video games, but that the device is also intended to replace remote controls and enrich media experience. The company expects wide convergence of video games, television, and the Internet going forward.
“I don't believe we are currently in the golden age of the television or the golden age of the game console or the golden age of the Internet; frankly, five years from now I don't know that you'll be able to tell the difference between those worlds,” said Marc Whitten, the general manager responsible for Microsoft's Xbox Live service, told attendees at the Streaming Media West show, reports PC Magazine.

The high-ranking executive at Microsoft said he envisioned a future where Natal recognizes the users in the room as well as their voices. Knowing the identity of the users, services will also know the content they are interested in and allow one of multiple users to control the interface.



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