Er, Uh, That’s Cool

Earlier this week Microsoft showcased its new you don’t need a console, eye-popping technological add-on to the Xbox.  Dubbed Natal, the accessory uses cameras and sensors to translate your movements to the television so you don’t need a console or joystick to play video games or engage in other activities. International is my beat in these Prosperity Partnership waters so why do I dip my oars into this story? Well, three reasons.

First, we should remember a big chunk of the Xbox market is overseas. The Washington Interactive Network informs us that the domestic market for video games is expected to grow from 9 billion in 2006 to 12.5 billion in 2011 but the global market is expected to jump from 31.6 billion in 2006 and to $48.9 billion in 2011.

Second, this reminded me of flying to Germany a few months ago. The guy sitting next to me worked for Microsoft and was on his way to India. He was there on a three year assignment and told me of his how his kids stayed in touch with friends back home by playing Xbox online and talking online while they played. Our region’s high technology companies increasingly connect us across the globe.

Third, this video demonstrating the new technology is just too cool not to post whether it’s international or not.


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