June 18th 2009 11:48 pm PT

To clarify what Steve said earlier today….

A few people have emailed me regarding something Steve Ballmer said earlier today about a new Xbox coming in 2010. As the Xbox team stated at E3 two weeks ago, we are not even halfway through the current console generation lifecycle and believe Xbox 360 will be the entertainment center in the home for long into the next decade.  Project Natal will be an important part of this platform, but we have not confirmed a launch date at this time.

 

Edit: Steve clarified his comment to IGN. Thanks Steve.

 

Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Pixmation

    I personally think 360 is a little over half of the product life span, please don’t treat console like PC that keep adding little upgrades and try to extend the product life. I am all for the next generation console by mid-late 2011. I can still hook up the 360 to another TV as entertainment center, no loss. More GPU speed and power, more polygons, better graphics! Microsoft can’t afford to leak anything that will hurt current 360′s sales.

  • TES7769

    If Microsoft wants to maintain it’s dominance over Sony and take away what little lead Nintendo has, then they had better get working on the “720″ and soon, because there’s no way the 360 is going to remain king of the hill 4-5 years from now.All MS need do is take the current 360 hardware and increase the power 2 fold etc. and keep backwards compatibility.Natale might be neat but no way it can keep the competition from taking way an lead MS might have in the next couple of years.

  • Mr Barrel Roll

    We’ve almost maxed out graphics. Really, things can’t get much more ‘realistic’ than they are. Yes, there can still be a bit of improvement, but in the near future (think maybe 3-5 years) lifelike graphics will become commonplace, and you really can’t get more lifelike than lifelike. If tech progress in console gaming will continue, there needs to be some other sort of revolution. Graphics can only go so far, then we all take them for granted and start to ignore them. Once everything is the same ‘realistic’ level, it’s not a selling point anymore. So a future generation will need something else as a selling point.

    I’m not sure Natal is that thing. Really, it’s just a different version of the Wii’s selling point… the Wii’s gimmick. Has there been a single game for the Wii where the motion controls make you go “Wow, that was really a lot better an experience than CoD or Halo with a controller?” No, it’s pretty much all flailing arms and quicktime events. Bleck.

    Don’t get too caught up with the gimmick. Motion control has potential, yes, but nothing will ever replace my tried-and-true dual-analog. (Please, someone, make me regret saying that in 5 years!)

    Just some rambling.

  • CDN Crockett

    @Absyrtus

    Slimmer not so much for me but quieter is a MUST!

  • CFR

    Natal can’t be built into the console, if it was built in, you would have to have the console in perfect unobstructed sight of you. It’s not going to happen.

  • Fletch955

    Hmmm, why am I starting to think Halo Reach will be a Natal launch title!?

  • OgBaka360

    this is great news… looking forward to natal
    motion control games… nice

  • Warrengonline

    @CFR
    There to could be a ‘smaller’ Xbox360 and yes, MS would have to ‘re-build’ the system – by rearranging the inner parts. By doing so to improve the flow of hot air AND have enough room for built-in wifi. It can be done, maybe it will a few months before the new Xbox720 comes out. The PS2 is taking off because 1. lots of people (including myself skimped on it, we were happy with the PS1 – I still am). 2. The games on PS1 and PS2 can be gobbled up BRAND NEW for under $30 a pop! 3. Cheapskate and Smart parents can now buy the little tykes and irresponsible kids a cheap $100 system that is quality. People will still be buying the Xbox360 long after the Xbox720 comes out – as long as Xbox Live can be accessed by it. Just look at the Nintendo GameCube sales, shocking, but “Kudos Nintendo”. But we all shall see 2010 is only a few months away. :)

  • SpaceNinjaDino

    A Microsoft representative had stated in 2007 that they were looking at what chips/technology would be around in 2011 and plan a next-gen console around that.

    Since then, they’ve seen that they can extend the life of the XBOX 360 years beyond the original XBOX years. Coupled with economy downturn and the real costs of making something even more powerful, all of the consoles will make this gaming cycle a long one.

    We already knew the post-Jasper chip that Microsoft was working on would be a CPU+GPU in one. This will allow for a smaller footprint and we shouldn’t be surprised when Microsoft launches a cost effective and smaller XBOX 360. We will see this first before any evidence of a next-gen console.

    This delay will make the next cycle a better one. We should have 2GB DDR4 at an affordable price. I fully expect that to be the “720″ RAM spec. The GPU will probably have an internal SLI/Crossfire or high quantity of pipes.

    I believe the SKUs of the next gen will include slot loading for 360 BC and “720″ discs and another SKU will be smaller without the slot to just have downloaded games only. They will need a minimum 250GB hard drive and they will still charge $100 for it if purchased separately. They need to allow for HD chaining to continuously expand the capacity without replacing.

 

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