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‘Project Natal’ arriving in 2010

Microsoft’s “next big thing,” otherwise known as “Project Natal,” will arrive sometime during the 2010 holiday shopping season, Microsoft revealed during the recently completed Consumer Electronics Show.

While no price was announced, the hands-free gaming device — which has yet to receive an “official” name from Microsoft — will launch this year and several developers, including Ubisoft and THQ, have pledged their support.

The only question that remains is will “Natal” be a serious threat to the Wii’s stranglehold on casual gaming? We’ll find out later this year.