prjctntl-f_2-580We’ve all heard of the upcoming addition to the Xbox 360 that was announced at E3, Project Natal, that will be adding motion control without an actual controller. Well, is reporting that Microsoft’s Project Natal will actually be a new console launch, due Fall 2010. Yes sir, a brand new Xbox console is coming out!

“Microsoft will not only release Natal as an add-on for the Xbox 360, it will come standard with the next Xbox console,” 1UP writes. “Yes, there will be a new Xbox console next fall.”

But don’t get it twisted. This new console won’t be a whole new leap to another console generation, but more of a slight upgrade.

“However, the new console won’t just be an Xbox 360 with a camera, though — we’ve heard it will be considered a new platform and carry a new name (Xbox Natal?). It’s not clear what sort of upgrades we might see, but some have suggested it will be an slight upgrade of the current Xbox 360 technology.”

So, if 1UP sources are correct, we can expect a new Xbox console next year that will be a slighlty upgraded 360, with the Project Natal camera with it. I guess you can look it at like what Nintendo did, essentially taking the GameCube hardware and adding motion controls and slapping the Wii name on it.

1UP is believes that we will hear about the new Xbox console at next year’s Game Developer’s Conference, where it will be unveiled and a target release date of Fall 2010 will be announced.


  1. Makes sense. The Xbox has been labelled a gamer's console and Microsoft aren't happy with that. the only way to steal Nintendo's customers is to rebrand it so the frat-boy connotations go away.

  2. I'm pretty sure we've seen this before when gaming became more about gimmicks and less about gameplay. It might be a novelty for awhile, but I can't see the core gaming audience wanting to dance in their living rooms instead of using a gamepad long term. I play video games as an offtime activity when I'm tired from work. I really don't see myself pretending to skateboard in front of a TV when I could just go grab my real skateboard and go outside. It's also unfortunate that Sony and Microsoft consider their hardware to be GTG for the foreseable future. How can anyone say there is still headroom available when almost zero games for either console can render at 1080p natively? Halo 3 didn't even make it all the way to 720p. We don't even have anti-aliasing and anistrophic filtering on many games as it is. And I still see tons of new games coming out that have to make visible compromises on draw distances and level of detail. There is PLENTY of room for improvement with new hardware. Maybe a longer cycle is appropriate this time around, but don't tell me that we are good to go for an 11 year cycle.
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