New Xbox To Launch In 2010?

http://kotaku.com/5289168/new-xbox-to-launch-in-2010

Last week, Microsoft’s Shane Kim told us that the launch of the 360’s motion-controlled camera system - Project Natal - would be as big as a console launch. Maybe he was onto something with that.

Because 1UP are reporting a rumour that while Natal will be released next year for existing 360 consoles, it will also be released next year as a standard inclusion with a new Xbox console, due out in the Fall.

This console won’t be as “new” as we’re accustomed to with console generations; rather, 1UP say it’ll be a slight improvement over the existing Xbox 360 technology, with games able to run with slightly faster framerates, or with slightly better graphics than those on the “older” 360 consoles.

Sounds crazy, but as 1UP point out, it’s not that different to what Nintendo did the Wii; repackage existing hardware and re-release it in a new casing with a new control method.

I don’t know how I like (or put much stock in) the idea of two 360 consoles, especially two with varying hardware configurations; what’s to stop developers from optimising for the more powerful unit and leaving owners of the older 360 with a sloppy, sub-standard product?

Hopefully that’s not a problem, and if true, the “new” console is just a rebranded, repackaged 360. Maybe in a smaller box, with a snappier name. First impressions, fresh start and all that.

We’ve contacted Microsoft for comment, and will let you know if/when they get back to us.

Interesting to say the least.

Why would a developer choose the better 360 just for graphics and miss out on all the money they would make if they made it for both 360 SKU’s?

I’m gonna call it “360 slim”

I really really really don’t want the new consoles to be launched for quite awhile.

Soooooooooooooooooooooooo it sounds to me like its 360 + more RAM which isnt unheard of b/c Sony did the same thing with PSP 2000.

Guess I’ll wait till next year.

Slim 360 with bumped specs and a reliable DVD drive with Natal bundled would be pretty cool I guess.

It costs too much. There’s probably no point in doing that. It would fracture their install base. Natal is a platform launch in itself. Why would Microsoft release two platforms in one year if that’s how they’re looking at it?

The recession doesn’t help the theory. But, without actually increasing power, you could just do a revision of the hardware like Playstation. That I can see happening just because they probably want to get the hardware up to a high standard of reliability (beyond just Jasper) if they want to go for as long a tail as has been speculated.

MS said that Natal isnt for existing gamers…its for that casual market that is making Nintendo so much money…they wont make “hardcore” titles that will use Natal so no worries all those hardcore 360 fans will get the games they want for the 360 and casual ppl will get MS’s new fancy lil natal only console lol.

I still think it would be a mistake to not try and integrate Natal in big games. One thing I do hope however is that Microsoft doesn’t just copy Nintendo and hope their Natalsports or whatever is going to take off like Wiisports.

No, it’s the opposite.

Microsoft is saying that Natal is for every type of game. People have simply inferred that it is meant as a casual thing. No, it’s meant to build on what’s already there. They learned not to jeopardize their base, because that will catch up with you next time.

[quote=“Shillelagh McFlaherty”]No, it’s the opposite.

Microsoft is saying that Natal is for every type of game. People have simply inferred that it is meant as a casual thing. No, it’s meant to build on what’s already there. They learned not to jeopardize their base, because that will catch up with you next time.[/quote]

I seriously can’t see a serious game using Natal without it feeling gimmicky as hell.