Report: Microsoft's Ballmer Says New Xbox Arriving In 2010

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer spoke at the Executive's Club of Chicago today, informing attendees that a new Xbox 360 will arrive in 2010, one equipped with a "natural interface" and built-in camera. Sound familiar?

Either Ballmer has been reading 1UP, who recently ran a rumour that Microsoft would be re-launching the Xbox 360 next year with its Project Natal tech built into the device, or he's the CEO of Microsoft for chrissakes.

According to TG Daily's recount of Ballmer's talk, in which he discussed "the role of innovation in changing economic times," the executive made mention of the new Xbox 360 configuration, one that Microsoft hasn't exactly denied.

It makes a great deal of sense to bundle the tech with the stock Xbox 360, as peripheral support for the Natal-powered version of the box would ensure greater support. And Microsoft's Shane Kim recently told Kotaku that the launch of Natal would be on par with a new generation console launch.

Clearly, Microsoft has designs on launching a version of its motion and depth-sensing camera as an attachment, so current Xbox 360 owners don't have to upgrade to an all new box.

Ballmer announces 2010 Xbox 360 at The Executive Club Chicago [TG Daily]


    Uuuuuuuuuuhhhhh! Sick of motion controls! DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE!

    This could cause a Sony style backlash if the new generation costs more than the old 360s.
    I have great doubts that the NATAL tech will be ready for any serious application within 2010. But if they can do it, then more power to MS! (If it also works in low power mode as a cable set top box, it would be great if I don't have to use a remote control to change the TV channel.. or switch to internet and just check my mail with air keyboard.)

    Hmmm sounds interesting. I don't actually remember reading that Natal technology built it, but it makes sense now. Thinking they just release a new console was strange.

    It would definitely be a choice to watch closely.

    It wouldn't be a new GENERATION. It will probably be labelled Xbox Natal or something like that. It's obviously a way to release Natal to wider audience. Some people may think buying the console and the Natal separately is too expensive if they are new to the Xbox scene. So to include it all in one is a marketing scheme.

    Just whether or not the Xbox Natal will be pricier than the Elite we will find out. Either way, MS are NOT abandoning the 360 just yet, thankgod!

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