Project Natal is a new add-on for the Xbox 360 that will introduce motion control by reading your body movements without requiring a controller. It will make gaming on the 360 possibly be a little more like the Wii, at least in games that choose to include it. But that is not what we are here to talk about today. Today, we talk about the newest development for gamers who also watch a lot of television.
This may or may not be an accurate portrayal of your TV habits, but it contains an element that may soon disappear in the future. According to sources at 1up.com, “Xbox Live general manager Marc Whitten said it’s entirely possible that Natal could replace remote controls on Xbox 360-connected TVs.” This would mean that a flick of the wrist (or more likely a wild flailing of the arms) would dictate which channel you want to view.
While this could become very useful, I am always skeptical of brand new ideas like this, at least at first. I personally will be waiting until it gets refined and past the gimmick stage. Because while the idea of easily controlling the television with my body is appealing, I definitely don’t want to face the likely problem of waving my arms for 10 minutes just to set my favorite program to record. So while I hope the technology develops, I also hope they don’t implement this until they get it right.