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Microsoft: No New Console Any Time Soon

Microsoft has countered rumours of a Natal-fitted Xbox 360, which was speculated to be launching next year.

Speculation, started by 1UP, that Microsoft would be launching a new Xbox in 2010 had sort-of-but-not-exactly been lent some credibility by comments by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer that Microsoft would have a new console with technology "really, really close" to reality with a "natural interface." Which is exactly what Natal is set to offer.

However, speaking to Kotaku, Microsoft's Alan Greenburg has fairly comprehensively quashed any such rumours saying "We want to make sure people know that we're excited about Project Natal, I really believe {Ballmer} was speaking about Project Natal." Although Greenburg confirmed that Microsoft has considered integrating Natal into a console, "but we haven't announced any details for something like that."

The company line, at least for now, is that Natal - when it launches at an as-yet unspecified date - will be provided as a separate hardware package, to be paired with a current generation Xbox. I can't say I'm surprised.

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Adam Foreman

June 19, 2009, 9:23 pm

Something that Microsoft should have pointed out from the very beginning at E3 was the fact that the Natal device that sits beneath/on top of your TV, is in fact a completely separate piece of hardware. According to Microsoft, that&#8217s how the system is able to recognise both visually and audibly, motion capture in real time and is no way like the Wii's infrared bar.

jingyeow

June 20, 2009, 12:48 am

isn't something like Natal going to need a LOT of processing power? Surely the cost of Natal will be about the same as another xbox console? I can't see many people being swayed by that, however cool it is. Seems like another dreamcast hardware mistake. Implementation before it's time.

Adam Foreman

June 20, 2009, 5:56 pm

Cost hasn't even been discussed, I can only assume that's the reason why. It has to be a powerful piece of kit under the bonnet to do what they demonstrate and purport to do. With no doubt a HD capable camera and microphone, its cost has to be around £150. When you consider Wii-Fit being £80, that wouldn't be a bad price in my opinion. But we will have to see in the coming months when more information and release dates are more forth coming.

TheFlyingGerbil

June 24, 2009, 3:51 am

Well, he's certainly not denying it either - in fact I'd say it's more likely from that extra interview. I would have thought it was a no brainer - it would encourage current owners to buy a whole new console and not just the peripheral. I also wonder if it will cause problems for arcade owners. If it is backwards compatible with games such as burnout paradise surely that would at least need some sort of patch for each game, and thaat would not be possible for arcade owners.

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