Mossberg, Swisher try hand at Project Natal

Microsoft's motion control add-on makes its D: All Things Digital debut, with the event's moderators getting a chance to put it through its paces.

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.--Project Natal made its D: All Things Digital debut on Wednesday, with Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher, and Swisher's son, Louie, all putting the Xbox controller through its paces.

Microsoft didn't break much news in the demo, promising that, as expected, Natal will get its real name and games lineup at E3, which is now less than two weeks away. Conference attendees did get the good news that they will be getting their own Project Natal XBox add-on for free once it hits the market later this year.

Plus, watching Swisher take physical swings--as opposed to the usual verbal variety--was definitely entertaining.

Click on the slideshow to see Swisher, Swisher, and Mossberg in action.

Last year, I got to try my hand at Project Natal and shoot some video, playing the same game that Microsoft demonstrated on Wednesday. Here's a look at that:

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