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Ex-Microsoft boss is worried that the Natal will fail

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Scot Bayless knows what he is talking about when discussing peripherals and their possible failures, Scot was a senior producer at Sega America when they released their 32x drive peripheral for the Sega and was around to watch in horror as that move (along with a few others) nearly sank the entire company.

So when he met with Microsoft in 2008 and was told that Microsoft were still contemplating not integrating the Natal with the Xbox 360 he had just 5 words for them

“Then you’re going to fail”

And I agree with him, unless Microsoft bundle the Project Natal with every new Xbox 360 sold after it’s launch I don’t see it truly making enough of an impact in the market.

I think failure may be a bit harsh as it will sell millions and be viewed favourably but when it comes to decent software being produced for it we could see it being left behind.

Microsoft would do well to heed Scot’s advice on this one, peripherals never reach critical mass unless they are bundled.

Source: NowGamer

Last Updated: May 28, 2010

10 Comments

  1. Fox1

    May 28, 2010 at 10:16

    So much negative Natal news lately :whistle:

    And if I were MS, I would ignore this guys comments :silly:

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  2. Adolph Current

    May 28, 2010 at 10:24

    It’s going to fail.

    Mark my prophetic words Lazyreaders. Project Natal/Wave/Wang is going to be the virtual boy or SEGA 32X CD drive of this console generation.

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    • RSA-Ace

      May 28, 2010 at 12:10

      I’m going to say Project Natal will not be a failure or a success. It is a good stepping stone but the product visions that we saw before just aren’t realisable with this version.

      Project Natal 2 on the other hand will be revolutionary.

      (It’s so nice to see another Scot with correct spelling!)

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  3. WitWolfyZA

    May 28, 2010 at 10:26

    I cant see this ending well for MS, they just made “Natal” to steal the Japanese audience anyways. What does Japan have that we dont?!?!?!

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  4. Macethy

    May 28, 2010 at 11:31

    Well if it costs R1500 then it will be an instant FAIL for me. . .

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  5. Mitchell Taljaard

    May 28, 2010 at 13:12

    have to agree with macethy , r1500 is to deep in ones pockets , however 360 plus natal for r1500 , well now …. that would make me wanna purchase one …. maybe ….if we get live?

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  6. AlKi

    May 28, 2010 at 13:23

    “Gamers” are so cheap..want everything for free…gaming is a luxury, its like drinking,drugs and whores.If you dont have money for it dont bitch about it.Get yourself a cheaper hobbie!

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    • Maxiviper

      June 1, 2010 at 17:30

      Last time I checked nothings FREE.
      e.g. a game for R1000 is just stupid, the same as saying that a Toyota Carola costs R900 000 , it just ain’t happening, games and things relate to it should not be more than it’s worth

      That’s why we are complaining about things being overpriced

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  7. Demetrius Nalty

    June 18, 2010 at 09:27

    That’s cool. I’m from LA and see the same attitude. Anyway, I’m gonna back tomorrow.

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