Microsoft first arrived to the video game console industry later than the rest, with their first console being released late in 2001.

Their list of products is small, encompassing only the Xbox and the Xbox 360.

What Xbox brought to the table of console gaming was a well structured online community called Xbox Live, in which people were able to connect with other players over games and play the game with each other. Xbox Live has since grown to allow players to purchase movies, games, and add-ons through the Xbox Live Marketplace. There are 20 million subscribers to the Xbox Live service.

Project Natal is a new Xbox system, most likely hooked up to the current Xbox 360, that will allow players to play games without the use of a controller. Players will use hand gestures, their voice, and outside objects to control games.

Controller-free gaming is not only a huge step into the future, but may lead to mouse and keyboard-free computing. Project Natal is an augmented reality technology.


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