We’re already working on Natal 2, says Microsoft

Microsoft has lifted the lid on research underway in Asia, revealing that development of Natal’s successor has already begun.

The first iteration of Microsoft’s motion-sensing tech may still be 8 months away, but the company’s Research Asia department director Hsiao-Wuen Hon has told The Sydney Morning Herald (via Spong) that they are already thinking about the next version.

“When we invent something first like Natal, while we have a researcher working with the product group for the first version we already have a researcher thinking about the second version down the road,” said Hon. “We certainly hope we will continue to be holding that technology.”

Hon also said that rather than following in Nintendo’s wake, Microsoft should be an innovator in the motion control sector, adding, “Looking back I can say we probably should have done more in the consumer space.”