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Microsoft's Project Natal - the Wii-plus motion control system for the Xbox 360 - will launch in October.

So said Syed Bilal Tariq, the head of Microsoft's marketing activities in Saudi Arabia, in an interview presented by Gamertag radio.

Microsoft has already indicated a pre-Christmas debut. and will announce formally the launch date next month during the E3 games industry shindig. But Tariq is adamant that the date will fall sometime in October.

No great surprise there. Natal will spearhead Microsoft's consumer sales drive in the run-up to Christmas , though it'll be up against Sony's PlayStation Move, the PS3's upcoming motion control rig, as well as the Wii.

It will also nicely tie in with the Microsoft console's upcoming fifth birthday. ®

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