Xbox 360 Not Even At Halfway Point, No Slim Planned

There are no plans for a slimmed down version of the Xbox 360, Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg told Kotaku.

"We feel like our system has done very well for us in the current form," said Greenberg, director of product management for the Xbox 360. "We have no plans for a slim."

Instead of reinventing the outside of the console, Greenberg says that Microsoft is intent on continuing to reinvent the way people use their system.

That includes things like adding the ability to stream movies through NetFlix, the upcoming addition of Facebook, Last.FM and Twitter connectivity. Greenberg also points out that Microsoft's motion-detecting Project Natal, an interface he calls very next generation, is coming to this generations console.

"We feel that we're not even at the halfway point (of the Xbox 360's life cycle)," he said. "That is something we believe in strongly. People have invested in these consoles, and we have massively connected communities and we have storage. I think what we did with the New Xbox Experience is a sign of what we want to do with the console."

"The Xbox 360 has plenty of future."

It's been nearly four years since the Xbox 360 released. If we're not even at the halfway point of the console's life cycle it sounds like the Xbox 360 will indeed be around for ten years.

I can imagine that eventually platform holders will get to a console that never needs to be replaced. It will be a system that can rely on firmware updates to bring new interactions to gamers.

The question is, is this that generation? My guess is no. But I think that the extension of this cycle certainly points to such a platform eventually arriving.


Comments

    Hell, if they removed air circulation space from the Xbox, it'd probably burn your house down.

    It's not noticeably fat like the PS3 was or the original Xbox, so there's no real need aesthetically.

    I think they need to polish up the casing, literally. Both the Arcade and the Elite look cheap (and feel cheap).

    Ironically, MS have the best controller by miles. That thing -- apart from the bad D-pad -- feels like it was very well designed and built.

    They need to make the 360 console look spiffier, shinier perhaps.

    I think the spec still has some legs and you can see producers are starting to head down the stylism route, which tends to make for the best console graphics.

    The only thing I think really needs attention at the moment is the stinking d-pad.

    I don't really care what the Xbox looks like really. It doesn't affect my gaming. And if someone comes around and see's my 360 (that people think look cheap) well they're going to be, OMG, YOUR SO CHEAP! LOOK AT THAT THING when majority of people know a Xbox costs a few hundred bucks!

    The PS3 does look better, but i can't say that about the Slim. The 360 is thinner than the FAT PS3 but i don't care for that.

    In terms of never needing to upgrade your console, definitely not this generation. Quite possibly next generation, but i don't think it will come to "this is our last console cause we're just going to keep upgrading it"

    Cause when gaming comes to that point, people will want a slim model or a different colour or a price drop. So eventually the console that lasts for say 15 years, will end up costing like $50 to buy if consumers demand price drops & all that.

    I hope this generation lasts longer though and hope future generations do too. Its too much hassle to end up buying a newer console after 5 or 6 years.

    The Playstation 3 could cope with having the longest life cycle. I'm more a 360 fan but do acknowledge the limitations and the faults. Next console that MS make is going to be a BIG decision on their behalf and watched closely. If they screw up like they did with the RRoD, everyone will avoid it so not to get a repeat.

    Either way, i'm glad for the PS3's and 360's run so far, look forward to more to come and the features they each have with Netflix, Blu-Ray and all that. It will be good to see if Blu-Ray does become standard for Nintendo or MS next gen.

    how about an xbox 360 that doesn't have cooling problems or RROD

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