Microsoft tells gamers to ditch their TV remotes

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

A top Microsoft executive has claimed that Project Natal is poised to take over the role of traditional television remotes.

According to Xbox Live general manager Marc Whitten, the increased proliferation of video content requires a new, more versatile controller.

"It won't be a remote control that consumers use. A remote control is already too hard," said Whitten, who was quoted by Yahoo Tech.

"With the flick of my wrist [using Natal] I can change a channel. With the power of my voice I can start a movie."

?He explained that the line between television, the Internet and game consoles would become increasingly blurred over the next five years.

"I don't believe we are currently in the golden age of the television or the golden age of the game console or the golden age of the Internet. Frankly, five years from now I don't know that you'll be able to tell the difference between those worlds."

Whitten added that Natal would be capable of automatically displaying content after recognizing users based on appearance and voice. 

"The context is not one billion channels, but one. One channel, with what I want, when I want it."

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