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BIG IN 2010 – Project Natal

This super-hyped controller-free gaming system will arrive near the end of 2010, bringing with it several megatons of expectation. Natal is like Wii m

Natal is like Wii minus the Wiimote – it uses sensors to work out exactly where you are and how you’re moving.

It can do 3D motion capture, gesture recognition and facial and speech recognition to allow you to interact with games in ways never possible before. Raise your fists and you have a steering wheel; make a throwing motion and paint will splatter on the wall.

Well, that’s the theory – if it works well as initial demos and videos suggest, Natal could change the way we play. We were suitably impressed when we got hands on with it at E3 earlier this year.

For the full lowdown on our Big in 2010 tech, see the latest issue of Stuff magazine – and keep an eye on Stuff.tv for our CES coverage from 6-10 January.