Even though Microsoft won't be so specific, we're all pretty sure that Natal is coming at the end of next year. Now even the boss of THQ (a major game publisher) has grown tired of the elephant in the holiday of 2010, going on record that Natal would be released "late next year." So why won't Microsoft just come out and say it to the public? My guess is that they don't want unforeseen delays to alter public perception. [Kotaku]
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Because that has always been MS's strategy. Announce early without a launch date, so hopefully some of the competition dies of or releases too early to make a difference.