Microsoft: Natal will work for all ethnicities at launch

Microsoft has responded to rumours that Project Natal struggles to work properly with darker skinned people.

Questions were first raised when former Newsweek writer N-Gai Croal had trouble with Microsoft’s Project Natal, the controller-less motion-sensing device announced at E3 2009.

Research into the issue resulted in a study concluding that near-infra-red cameras did indeed struggle to read movements from those with darker skin.

However, Microsoft has responded to these worries, telling Gamezine that all ethnicities will be able to use the technology.

“Last week at E3, we gave a taste of what to anticipate when Project Natal launches. As we mentioned to everyone who had the chance to play, we were working with tech demos and, as we all know, these can be temperamental,” Microsoft told Gamezine.

“The goal of Project Natal is to break down the barriers for everyone to play, and it will obviously work with people of all shapes and ethnicities at launch.”

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