MS: 80% of Publishers Working On Natal

President of Microsoft’s Entertainment Division, Robbie Bach, has been talking to CBC news in Canada about Natal. Bach oversees everything from Zune to MS phones to In-car entertainment to Xbox so perhaps we can forgive him for getting slightly over enthusiastic with his figures and his rather flowery language. When questioned about Natal he said,

“We have something like 70% or 80% of the publishers in the world already doing Natal-based games. Our first party studios are [also] very focused on this. We want to have a few titles from Microsoft that show the way and then we want the breadth and power of the ecosystem from our partners to bring lots of new ideas, new innovations, new concepts to the marketplace. Xbox games don’t go away; you have to think of all this as additive. I think it adds to the beauty of what’s going on.”


Perhaps he meant “70% of current Xbox publishers will be working on Natal games”, that sounds more realistic rather than 80% of the worlds publishers. Meanwhile in a bout of uncharacteristic pleasantness, Microsoft were nice about the future prospects for the Playstation 3,

“There’s still plenty of power available in the Xbox 360, there’s still plenty of power available in the [Sony] PlayStation 3,” said Bach, adding,  “Nintendo probably can’t say that.”