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Rumour – 360 Slim on the way

Wednesday, 17 March 2010 10:10 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Update 2: According to the fine folks over on NeoGAF the motherboard in question is nothing more than the Clarkdale PC processor that combines a dual-core Nehalem derivative with Intel integrated graphics. Saying, “It has absolutely fuck all to do with the 360″.

Update 1: “Microsoft does not comment on rumour or speculation.”

Original Story: Kotaku has shots of a motherboard for what is claimed to be for an Xbox 360 Slim.

The board also shows the CPU and GPU chips combined into one wholesome chip, with testing recently held and completed in China.

It’s also rumoured it’s part of a bigger plan to see a Slimmer 360 out at retail.

Arguably, this could be fake, but remember last year with PS3 Slim? Thought so. But for now, keep the salt jar to your side.

We’ll email Microsoft, but don’t go expecting anything massive, innit.

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40 Comments

  1. cookiejar

    Thats not an Xbox, its a Helicopter!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Mike Honcho

    I smell RROD all over again …..

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Dralen

    Well its a pretty smart move from Microsoft…if it is true. Although, let’s call it what it is, a blatent copy of Sony’s idea.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Psychotext

    Should be pretty good with a GPU style cooler. Far better cooling solution, and far quieter too.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. polygem

    here we go: slim, natal, and natal based partygame bundle

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Let’s hope they put a half-decent DVD drive in this time around, then. 90% of the machine noise comes from that.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Redh3lix

    How many XBox SKU’s are there now out of interest? Does the Arcade still exist?

    #7 5 years ago
  8. ReeceHeywood

    Probably launch with Natal.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Psychotext

    @Redh3lix: Right now it’s the elite and the arcade, with the elite coming in two models (120gb as standard / 250gb bundled with certain games).

    #9 5 years ago
  10. SunKing

    If it’s only a smaller 360 with the same failure rate and no Natal then I’m not interested.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Bulk Slash

    If that is genuine it’s got a few extra connector blocks at the back. Seems likely the extra ports are where Microsoft have split the connectors into separate blocks. That way they can be arranged horizontally reducing the vertical space they use and allow the system to be slimmer.

    There’s no hard disk connector on top of the motherboard, which could suggest this is fake, but it could also mean MS plan to bundle an internal HDD or they have redesigned and moved the connector elsewhere that I can’t see.

    It also seems to be missing the front memory card ports, but the two USB slots are still there, albeit arranged horizontally like the rear ports.

    Obviously they’re just using a stock PC cooler at the moment, it will be interesting to see what sort of cooling the final system needs. That will be the biggest decider of the final system’s thickness, and I would expect MS will want it to be thinner than the PS3 if possible.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. SunKing

    I think making the HDD internal would be a mistake, unless a further external could then be added later.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Psychotext

    They could have the HDD internal and still sell them at retail for way beyond what they cost. They just need some sort of slot based system with whatever proprietary connector they can come up with.

    Or they could just use the PS3 system (which seems unlikely given they’d still want to make money on the hard drives).

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    I want them to shut off RROD thing. Then i will buy Xbox 360 + price cut will be great.

    I still think, to make a Sony’s slim stuff is a RIP OFF. Oh well atleast they will have better hardware. I hope.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. ninjanutta2

    This is pretty real looking, as for the hdd ,there is two sata ports on the top left which suggests the hdd may be internal.only one of those ports are present in the normal model for the dvd drive.Also its square which gives you an idea of the size,imagine what your 360 looks like square and thats probrably the size,im calling it now,bundled with 500gb internal to get one up on ps3

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Blerk

    They already fixed the RROD thing in the later 360 models, surely? The failure rate is a fraction of what it used to be. Although perhaps that’s not saying much, given how high the failure rate used to be? :-)

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Johnny Cullen

    Update from Microsoft. SURPRISE! :|

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Mike Honcho

    @Blerk …… exactly what I was going to say.

    The failure rates of the initial models (Zephyr, etc) were monstrously high (can anyone say 99.9%) ….. that current Jasper failure-rates would surely appear to be low.

    Though a 360-Slim accepting regular 2.5″ SATA HDD’s will surely be great news.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. ybfelix

    This is the first time I(tipped kotaku about the Chinese messageboard) contribute to VG247 in some way, cheers :D

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Hmmmm…at a decent price and if RRoD issue resolved, I might have to get back on board the Microsoft train…

    Definitley a smart move from a marketing perspective.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. ybfelix

    I bet if this is true, MS must be busy testing a thousand new models 24/7 in a giant oven. If they fail to rid RROD this time I really don’t know what to say.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Blerk

    They got rid of it already! It’s gone! The failure rate of ‘new’ machines has been relatively normal for well over a year!

    Where’s Psycho and his GAF thread? :-D

    #22 5 years ago
  23. OlderGamer

    What they need is to reduce the price. New skus and redesigns are nice, but if the prices remains at 300, then it is a mistake.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. DaMan

    Falcon (and more so Jasper) are okay, I don’t think their failure rate is anything above 2004-05 PS2s (versions 4,5).

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Psychotext

    Where’s Psycho and his GAF thread?

    I’m not allowed to post about it. People accuse me of making pie charts to defend the 360 failure rate.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Blerk

    :-D

    #26 5 years ago
  27. frod

    back off xbots!

    #27 5 years ago
  28. zoopdeloop

    I don’t think the RROd problem is gone completely…it’s still there as it used to be,but since they added the optional install chances are less for RROD than before.If the 360 didn’t have the install option (which is kind of safe in a way)the problem would persist in the same manner as before

    #28 5 years ago
  29. The Hindle

    I will die laughing if anyones 360 slim RRODs.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Johnny Cullen

    Update from GAF, but without any of PT’s charts. :(

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Ok, so what’s a fair pricepoint? I’d drop $200 easily.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Blerk

    So much for that story, then! :-D

    #32 5 years ago
  33. ybfelix

    What? No, Cullen you are reading the GAF thread wrong, it’s saying that “Intel Clarkdale PC *** integrated graphics” has nothing to do with 360, any reference to it was an error on Kotaku’s part(they’ve updated the article since), but the mobo in question is likely legit.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Bulk Slash

    Yeah Kotaku fail on basic knowledge of 360 hardware. The motherboard itself is probably legit.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. G1GAHURTZ

    Come in update number 3…

    #35 5 years ago
  36. hitnrun

    Yeah, MS is “ripping off” and “copying” Sony’s idea. Sony conceived the idea for slimmed down rereleases of consoles shortly after they invented videogames in 1996.

    NES Slim

    SNES Slim

    Sony would go on to invent the Final Fantasy franchise in 1997.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. 2EX08

    Maybe this is the REAL reason why Microsoft kept bragging about this year being the “year of the 360″!

    I guess E3 will tell us shortly…

    #37 5 years ago
  38. theevilaires

    I always wanted those slim SNES and SEGA3 systems :( if anyone knows where I can pick them up fairly new I’ll be glad to award them a finders fee.

    #38 5 years ago
  39. G1GAHURTZ

    Always good for a laugh:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFlcqWQVVuU

    #39 5 years ago
  40. theevilaires

    AHHHHHHHHHHHH I love when kids open up presents to be so over excited about video game consoles….it brings so much joy to my heart. :D

    I would have loved to seen a slim N64 and Gamecube though.

    #40 5 years ago

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  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.