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Microsoft Keeps Natal Price Down By Removing Chip

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Posted January 8, 2010 - By Jake Gaskill

Microsoft Keeps Natal Price Down By Removing ChipIn an attempt to maintain a low price point for their much-anticipated motion control technology, Project Natal, Microsoft has decided to remove a chip from the hardware and use software in its place, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

This decision shifts the processing of the tech’s “bone system” onto one of the Xbox 360’s three Xenon processors. Yesterday, it was reported that Natal would use between 10 and 15 percent of the 360’s CPU. Whether that number takes into account the chip removal isn’t clear, but it seems likely.

Microsoft says that removing the chip will streamline updates, and, most importantly, keep the price down. This decision also pretty much puts the nail in the “Natal retrofitted games” coffin. Although, on the upside, this means that developers will now be more inclined to pursue new projects, rather than spending time retreading over old material just to incorporate Natal support.

Microsoft revealed during their keynote address at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show this week that Project Natal will be released this holiday season.

Do you care if old games aren’t rereleased with Natal support?

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

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