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Microsoft treating Natal 'as a new console'

Xbox Europe calls tech 'truly revolutionary'; forecasts spectacular E3 2010

Microsoft has said it is internally treating Natal's launch 'like a new console' - and predicted big things for E3 2010.

The hardware is set to launch in November this year, with few details known about the games that will accompany its arrival.

However, European Xbox developer account manager Ben Board said that the accessory would be "truly revolutionary".

"We're treating this like the launch of a new console," he told Develop.

"You can imagine what the months leading up to that will look like for us and the team, not to mention the developers making those precious launch titles: bonkers, in a word, but also incredibly exciting to be involved in something I truly believe to be revolutionary.

He added: "As a gamer, lots of stuff that floats my boat: Alan Wake, Aliens v Predator, Bayonetta, Bioshock 2, Blur, Crackdown 2, God of War 3, GT5, Last Guardian, Mafia 2, Mass Effect 2, Prince of Persia, Splinter Cell, Split Second... It'll be interesting to see Sony's wands in action, and perhaps we'll discover what will come after Wii. I think this E3 will be a biggie."