Microsoft to bring Natal to PCs, smartphones

Project Natal won’t just be coming to an Xbox near you sometime soon, it will also be coming to your PC, a high ranking Microsoft exec confided to TechEye.

At an exclusive Microsoft event, the exec said Natal would also eventually make its way into mobile phones, but that that was probably a little further down the line, and that Microsoft was currently focusing on bringing the optical sensor technology to ye old PC.

The tech enables users to use their machines without needing to touch a game controller, through a natural user interface using gestures, speech, or presented objects and images.

“It will completely revolutionise the way people interface with their machines,” he told us, waving his hands in a rather good mimic of the film Minority Report. “Mouse, keyboard, really it will all become somewhat redundant,” he continued excitedly.

Realistically, we won’t be seeing PCs enabled with Natal before the end of the year, but the console version, due out is scheduled to be released in time for Christmas 2010.