E3 is always an important time for gamers, but the show is limited to members of the games industry, so everyone else is forced to experience the news second-hand. That'll change this year, as MTV Networks will be airing Microsoft's world premiere of Project Natal, giving viewers a glimpse at what the future holds for their Xbox 360s. Airing on Tuesday, June 15, the premiere will feature a performance by Cirque du Soleil and will demonstrate new features and games specifically for Project Natal.
First shown at E3 2009, Project Natal is a new piece of hardware that attaches to the Xbox 360. Equipped with a camera, the device senses the location and position of players standing in front of it. This allows gamers to control the action on the screen simply by moving their bodies. Unlike the Wii or PlayStation's upcoming Move motion controller, Project Natal doesn't require participants to be holding anything while they play, which is good news considering all those unfortunate Wii-mote accidents a few years back.
In the announcement, Microsoft Senior Vice President Don Mattrick was enthusiastic about the opportunity to air the event. "We look forward to making entertainment history again at E3 Expo 2010 and can't think of a better partner than MTV Networks to exclusively share our news, experiences and Cirque du Soleil's amazing creativity with an entirely new audience."
Before the MTV premiere, brother station Spike TV will be broadcasting Microsoft's E3 media briefing live on Monday, June 14. Specific details and announcements are usually kept well under wraps until the show actually begins, but previous years have focused on new games and updates to the Xbox 360 platform. Last year's media briefing was particularly eventful, as it featured an appearance by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who were on hand to promote "The Beatles: Rock Band."
"The World Premiere Project Natal for Xbox 360" show will be airing commercial-free on MTV, June 15 at 3:30 p.m. ET, and then on Nick at Nite, mtvU, MTV Hits and Logo, at 9 p.m. ET that evening. Microsoft's E3 media briefing will air live on Spike TV on Monday, June 14 at 1:30 p.m. ET. Both events can also be viewed live on GameTrailers.com.