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.

 

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  • shane86

    I think he was referring to the 360 being bundled with natal. These things get blown out of proportion so easily.

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  • RockStar AV8R

    In other words… Thanks Steve for blowing our surprise. lol

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  • DragonSpawn

    Yeah, seemed obvious to me it was a Natal bundled 360, but there is the possibility of Xbox360 slim, which I still think would be a good idea once they get down to the 45nm chips to improve cooling and reliability.

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  • XMomX

    Take your time!!! I have 2 Original Xboxes collecting dust already. Don;t need 2 360s doing the same. But hey…….you build it and I will buy it. 🙂 But as an ole timer on XBL, hoping I get a loyal user discount coupon. 😉

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  • Megamatman

    Yep,

    I read last week that a “new” xbox 360 would be shipped with Natal integrated into it as well as the Natal peripheral for “old” Xbox 360’s. It could just be that Natal will be just shoved in the box with the current 360 but for some reason I got the impression that Natal would be somehow connected to the “new” 360. hummmmmmm

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  • Lord Geoff

    I look back at the carefully parsed words of the announcements and say that it probably is a new system. They were very specific in the words they chose, talking about any 360 that they have sold in the past and any 360 sold in the future. Also, the way they worded their statement of a 10 year lifespan could just mean that they wouldn’t drop it as quickly as the original Xbox, which was phased out completely by it’s fifth birthday.

    It could very well be that we will see Natal sold seperately for current gen 360s and bundled with the next gen 360. Five years is considered the standard hardware cycle and that would be November of 2010, roughly when people are expecting Natal.

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  • DarkArmada

    Thanks Major – just as alot of us suspected. Definitely NOT a new Xbox generation, but an evolution of the current hardware in a new SKU…😀

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  • AIaskanGrown

    I have always wondered if there will be a new generation from MS sometime within the next year or so, simply because as far as hardware capabilities the ps3 is quite superior.

    however I enjoy the 360 more because of LIVE and because the controller is so much better.

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  • A Place for Us

    I could do with a slimmer, quieter Xbox 360.

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  • Swamp Thing 71

    I just hope it’s not a new suped up Xbox, I feel it will fracture the community. Besides I already have 2 Xboxes I don’t need a 3rd.

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  • IconicSoulJA

    The 360 is getting a 45nm CPU+GPU Chip in one! Much cooler than the 90 and 65nm consoles on the market today!!🙂 I heard it from IBM themselves🙂.

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  • OmarLobster

    I bet that freaked out Sony… Noooo, we are not ready for another cycle yet …

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  • Zartan

    Saying we’re not even halfway through the generation is really silly. Video game generations have typically been 5-6 years at most. The Xbox 360 has been out for 4 years in November. I think it will leave a huge opening for a new company to enter the game space or an existing competitor to steal market share if MS waits until the end of the decade to release a hardware upgrade. I know I’m not waiting until 2016 to get a new CPU/GPU combo for gaming. If that’s MS’s plan then I and many other consumers will move on.

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  • CLB509

    I thought it was odd that Microsoft kept strongly emphasizing, at E3 and later on, that Natal “would work on all Xbox 360s”. I figured people would have just naturally assumed that. But it makes sense now, if it’s true that Xbox 360s in the future will have “Natal” built in. Might have been confusion otherwise, with predictable questions like “so do I have to buy the new 360 with Natal built in to use it?” popping up.

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  • batkinson001

    2 different processors on 1 chip is really cool (so’s Tegra in the Zune HD – see Zuneboards.com for more on that)… I just got my hands on a Falcon Arcade (Aparently Canada doesn’t get to have Jaspers….😦 ) to replace my very recently dead (E74 with 1 red light) but out of warranty Xenon xbox 360… Sofar I am please with it but it sofar seems to be sluggish on startup (kinda like a PC right before it starts to POST, then boot into windows), Glad for the 256MB memory unit so I can backup my profile and saved games incase the HDD form my old Xenon decided to follow it into console heaven lol… Heck I am not going to even risk trying the old beast of a power brick…

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  • batkinson001

    goona Double post and state for the record that Mr. Balmer is a bit crazy…

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  • Lord Badr

    If it’s one thing i’ve left from Microsoft is to never, ever believe Steve Balmer…

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  • Huch

    This sure seems like a carefully worded, open ended, “clarification.” Why not just come out and say: “Steve Balmer was not reffering to the successor of the xbox 360?”

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  • Misaki Ki

    I thought it made sense at first; a new SKU. Still, I’m with the people wanting a longer generation than a shorter on.

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  • XxGiZzmOxX

    ^Huch. I agree with you. I think they carefully worded this “clarification” because Microsoft is probably working on something that they didn’t want the public to know about just yet. I mean why else would Ballmer state that The new device will be equipped with technology that is “really, really, close” to an actuality. < < his quote. Unless he was referring to Natal. But i never really heard much about this until now, nor I even think that Microsoft might have a 'new' console in the making. But for now it wouldn't surprise me if they were working on a 'new' console, I mean they have to some how work out the 'over heating' problem they have now wright?

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  • Anonymous

    I hope there isn’t another console, give me some time to find another job lol. I can see them putting out another 360 with a bigger HDD, slightly beefier memory and maybe a cosmetic change since the insides are constantly being improved bundled with the Natal. I’ve put a lot of money (To much matter a fact) into the 360 and I wouldn’t mind a 360 that I didn’t have to worry about and an HDMI port would be nice to finally have lol. Yes i still have an ancient 360 it’s been repaired so many times you think I would get thrown a bone but nope.😥

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  • Hawaiian c

    now i was wondering, i know its early but just thinking a head what if they take the 360 hardware and redesign natal in to the 360 meaning replace the IR for the dvd controller..and make a cheap usb or wireless extension censer if your xbox is in different location… and thoughts that already has a 360 gets the natal device by it self..

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  • BrooksterMax

    hehe PR issues, was Steve “off message” acting alone or as a maverick!

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  • Hawaiian c

    hey speaking of nata major did sony say they was going to beat you with this technology? i remember an e3 conference i think it was 04 05 where sony was showing a concept where i guy was talking to 2 spy girls?? and they had other thing like what natal was doing but it was all concept… not real in game stuff but saying it could happen in next 20 years or so lol man its been that long lol boy time flys by or someone over there is just well thinking slow lol

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  • Anonymous

    Major don’t say you’re not even halfway !
    Just say our next gen console is already set but we wait for technology to get cheaper !
    < (^0^)>

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