In today’s news roundup, Project Natal finally gets its release date. Sony reveals its highest ever sales figures for the Playstation 3, which sold to the tune of almost 4 million over the 2009 Christmas period. And lastly, we take a look at the most over the top, insane, and over priced PC mouse ever invented – courtesy of MadCatz.
Project Natal Dated for ‘Holiday 2010’
Microsoft have just announced the release date for their long awaited Project Natal system. According to a video on Microsoft’s CES 2010 Press Site, Natal should be hitting the shelves worldwide for ‘holiday 2010’. Speaking at the CES 2010 keynote address, Robbie Bach announced that the company believes ‘2010 is going to be the biggest year in Xbox history.’ However speculation continues over what price tag Microsoft are going to slap on their new piece of hardware, and whether the next generation of Xbox consoles will have Natal integrated into their systems if the 2010 launch proves to be a success.
This does sound a bit dubious when you consider that, much like the Nintendo Wii sensor, Natal will probably have to perch on top of your television to properly read the room. However if Microsoft are intending to test the waters and gauge how well Natal is going to sell, it seems odd that they would choose to do it at a time when the country is gripped by one of the worst economic recessions in living memory. [XboxBlips]
PS3 Sales up 76% Over Christmas
When it comes to Playstation 3 sales figures however, Sony bosses can only be crying ‘Recession? What Recession?’ as they managed to shift some 3.8 million consoles in the five weeks leading up to Christmas. This was a vast 76% increase compared with the same period last year, and makes this Sony’s most successful Christmas on record. Given that sales for the Nintendo Wii were also up a considerable amount over 2009’s festive season when compared with the previous year, perhaps Microsoft are right not to underestimated the strength of the market as they prepare to launch Project Natal later this year. [Play.Tm]
Mad Catz reveals crazy new PC mouse
It looks some insane military prototype you’d normally see in a Hollywood film. However, Mad Catz’s new futuristic mouse is very real, and - for any nutter out there willing to fork out the money – is going to be released sometime this Spring. The company described their Cyborg R.A.T as so advanced it can be fully customized ‘for any grip preference’. Although the lowest spec model will set you back around £35, the top spec model (wireless, fully adjustable, 5600dpi laser, programmable, weight system) comes in at a ludicrous £100, which is great providing you're someone with money to burn. [Eurogamer]