Microsoft Reveals Natal for Holiday 2010, Game Room Service
At the premiere keynote at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Entertainment & Devices President Robbie Bach revealed Micrsoft's biggest products of 2010. While the company focused on a wide array of products, including Windows 7 PCs and its Media Room software, there were many game-related announcements too, including a new service for Xbox 360 called Game Room, as well as a Project Natal release window announcement.
Bach debuted the Game Room, an retro gaming service that will allow you to partake in old-school games against friends on both your Xbox 360 and Windows PCs. Launching with roughly 30 games later in the year (including Centipede, Combat, and Astromash) and promising via press release "over 1000 games being released throughout the next three years," Game Room will allow you to invite other Live users to check out your virtual arcade room and its collection of titles. According to Bach's address, the service will debut in the Spring, and purchases will allow gamers to play on both the Xbox 360 and the PC. No word yet on what other major differences this service will offer from Xbox Live Arcade. You can see the debut trailer above.
Later in the show, a video featuring Microsoft employees--both Xbox and non-Xbox--touting the interface capabilities of Project Natal was followed by an announcement that Natal will be coming to the Xbox 360 this holiday season. Bach closed the keynote by claiming that 2010 will be the Xbox's biggest year yet.