Microsoft's upcoming Project Natal camera could potentially lead to some very new and exciting gameplay possibilities, but it's up to Microsoft to prove that its platform is worth the hype. Phil Spencer, corporate VP of Microsoft Game Studios, is fully aware of this. Spencer responded to a question about Microsoft being known for taking fewer risks when it comes to first-party developments, but he countered that, if anything, Natal proves that's not true.
"This picks up the discussion about Natal very well, because if there isn't risk in Natal then I don't know what's keeping me up at night. We're trying something completely new where there's no device in your hand. We're trying to build a set of new games, new experiences that will have the same quality metrics of our past games, but really entice both existing 360 customers and new people. It's a huge challenge, a huge investment and it's fraught with risk," Spencer said.