FT: Microsoft threw down the gauntlet to game rival Sony in the race to develop a challenger to Nintendo's Wii, saying that most top game publishers were developing products for the US group's Xbox 360 motion controller.
Publishers that accounted for 70 per cent of third-party software sales were making games for the Natal controller, said Don Mattrick, head of Microsoft's videogame division
All five of Japan's top publishers – Capcom, Konami, Namco Bandai, Sega and Square Enix – are developing games for Natal.
In the US, Activision Blizzard, Bethesda Softworks, Disney Interactive, Electronic Arts and MTV Games were developing for Natal, as was Ubisoft of France, Mr Mattrick said.
At the Tokyo Games Show, which opens on Thursday, Microsoft will host a discussion on the gaming possibilities of Natal with the Japanese developers behind such hit games as Capcom's Dead Rising, Sega's Super Monkey Ball, and Konami's Metal Gear Solid series of espionage thrillers.