E3 2009: Microsoft unleashes Project Natal motion camera for Xbox 360

Microsoft's surprised no one here at E3, unveiling their new 3D motion camera come controller for the Xbox 360, dubbed Project Natal. Pronounced &quot

Microsoft's surprised no one here at E3, unveiling their new 3D motion camera come controller for the Xbox 360, dubbed Project Natal. Pronounced "nuh–tall" (nah us, neither), the Big M says it's "the next step in interactive entertainment."

Rather than using an actual controller, the 3D camera tracks your body movements, so you can throw a punch, kick a ball without having anything in your hand. Take that Nintendo.

Microsoft says it'll even pack face detection, and voice recognition too, which looked stunning when shown off at their E3 press conference. The camera will see who you are and even sign you in automatically. It's set to work across every Xbox 360, so you won't need to be packing an Elite to join the party.

As well as controlling games, you'll also be able to flick through movies and TV shows on Xbox Live. Make no mistake, this is going to give Ninty a serious headache.

We'll be having a play later, so stay tuned for hands–on pics and video too. For  more on E3, stay tuned to Stuff.tv's gaming blog.