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Microsoft: Project Natal ‘obviously’ works with people of all ethnicities

Bitmob recently reported that Microsoft’s Project Natal had difficulty picking up game consultant N’Gai Croal‘s movements, an IGN forum user then suggested that the issue was related to Croal’s skin color, citing a journal article about “near-infrared spectroscopy,” which the forum user claims Natal uses. In any case, the IGN poster actually admitted to being sensationalist a few posts down, but by then the whole Internet was up in arms about Natal apparent drawback.

Microsoft was then compelled to respond to this huge mess, confirming to Eurogamer that “the goal of Project Natal is to break down the barriers for everyone to play, and it will obviously work with people of all shapes and ethnicities at launch.” The representative also referenced footage of Sugar Ray Leonard trying the device as proof of their claim. Unfortunately for microsoft, that may not be the best evidence, as very sharp NeoGAFfers spotted edits in the video — the in-game footage of Burnout Paradise shown while Willie Gault is playing is identical to that shown during Zachary Levi’s play session.  We will have more news when we receive it, stay tune.

[Via Joystiq]

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