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Rumors of Natal-enabled Xbox 360 in 2010

We heard about a new Project Natal-enabled Xbox 360 coming next year when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer spoke at a previous event. Microsoft's PR team quickly scrambled and clarified that the comments did not indicate new hardware.

Speculation surrounding new Xbox 360 hardware is back, as Digitimes reports that Aptina has won exclusive rights to supply a 1.3-megapixel camera part for a new version of the Xbox 360 console for the second half of 2010.

Members of the Xbox team said that the Xbox 360 is "not even halfway through the current console generation lifecycle," so it wouldn't make sense for a new console yet – but we think that added functionality to an existing platform sounds plausible. After all, the latest Xbox 360s have technologies that the launch units didn't have, such as built-in flash memory, larger hard drives and HDMI video out. Now if only Microsoft would integrate in Wi-Fi…

  • cabose369
    Yeh, definitely built in Wifi would be nice. And all sku's should be a 120gb or larger hard drive.
    And a permanent repair to the RRoD would be nice as well!!
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  • scook9
    I would rather have wireless over this.
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  • De La NoChe
    You would rather have wireless over the experience that Project Natal is going to bring?? LoL. You know you can get wireless on 360. It is just not integrated.
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  • duckmanx88
    i would have bought a 360 if there was a possibly in a price reduction in Live? i just want to play against/with other people online. I don't need a million other extra features.
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  • AndrewMD
    I hate when people bring up the cost of XBOX Live service. Get over it. You wouldn't buy a 360 even if Microsoft reduced or made the service free.

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  • Regulas
    You mean the crapbox 360 does not have built in WiFi? That I didn't know. My PS3 hooks right up to my wireless network and always has at WEP2 level.
    Go ahead and watch your adverts on Xbox live and be sure to pay MS to use it, mine is free on the PS3. Think I will watch a Blue Ray movie now.
    But the games, waaa, That's why my main gaming is a PC.
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  • Hovaucf
    So essentially Regulas you spent $600 for a blu-ray player with wifi ability?

    Paying $50/yr is peanuts for a live subscription that has some of the best games for consoles.
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  • taiso
    wep2, why would you use that garbage? i think you meant wpa2 right? but yeah add 100 dollars and you get wi-fi with an xbox....stupid if you ask me. even the wii and ds family have built in wi-fi!
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  • billin30
    600 bucks for a PS3? Maybe when it came out. I got mine on ebay for 350 and it came with a game (Resistance 2). So yah, I completely agree with Regulas. And yes, my main gaming is PC also, I use my PS3 for Blu-Ray, sharing my music and video (yes I know Xbox does this), watching netflix and Hulu, (that too). I could have gotten an Xbox or a PS3 for about 350 out the door. I chose the blu-ray player with built in wireless. Simple enough. I am a FPS and RTS guy, so naturally I play PC most of the time. The PS3 acts as a 300 dollar media center PC.
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  • tenor77
    duckmanx88i would have bought a 360 if there was a possibly in a price reduction in Live? i just want to play against/with other people online. I don't need a million other extra features.

    It's called Amazon or your Sunday paper. I can pick up an 12 month membership for like $35.
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