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Rumour: Natal is called Kinect, new 360 form factor leaked in ad

Monday, 14 June 2010 00:19 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Boom. This is looking likely.

It appears that an Italian 360 ad has leaked Natal’s rebranded name as Kinect, as you can see on the right here.

Further, the MPU appears to show the new and heavily-rumoured 360 form factor, a slim machine with a 250Gb HDD and built-in wifi.

If true, the leak has scuppered an extreme shroud of secrey regarding Natal’s final name, with sources in LA today telling us that the content of Microsoft’s Natal Experience and main 360 press conference are “locked down tighter than the US president’s nuclear go codes.”

Microsoft’s Natal event in LA this evening is a strictly “electronics free” affair, with journalists being warned that any attempt at filming or photography will result in unceremonious ejection via security.

The main 360 conference starts tomorrow morning LA time. The 10am PST event is also the subject of intense security, with some elements of the European press today being told over-subscription means they’ll have to watch the news unfold off-site.

Obviously, it’s rumour. We’ll all know soon enough. Thanks, Psychotext.

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48 Comments

  1. V_Ben

    :)

    #1 5 years ago
  2. ExclusivesMostly

    i knew it.

    update- ad is gone, that was fast.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. 52pickup

    Not keen on the design.

    Plug that hole MS,you’ve sprang a leak!

    #3 5 years ago
  4. D3SI

    looks nice

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Anders

    We should all be worried about the president’s nuclear codes, then.

    I like the name.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Psychotext

    You know… watching the animation before the eventual finished image makes it look like it’s been badly shopped.

    Very odd.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. NoxNoctisUmbra

    Name sucks ..
    Xbox slim is what xbox should be in the first place.. i wonder if the POWER brick is built in or not on the real 360 Slim.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. cookiejar

    Well, atleast is got a hefty air vent :D

    #8 5 years ago
  9. DJ Deathstar

    Ads been removed i think

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Madlink

    The ad has been removed! Surely real then?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Anders

    Yup, the ad is gone.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. 52pickup

    Someone is gonna get the swift sacking boot :D

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Psychotext

    Bah, don’t know if anyone grabbed a capture of the animation either.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. JPickford

    Hard to believe they think a slim 360 + eyetoy is worth massive secrecy.

    A proper new console would perhaps be worth of all this fuss. With Sony going on about the PS3 having a 10 year live they’ve pretty much left it open to their competitors to come out with something a lot better a lot sooner.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Anders

    I visited the page and saw the ad, but missed the animation. Can anyone describe it?

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxJ16-8KKfw

    Still not entirely convinced that’s quite how it looks.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. polygem

    Hmm. Not sure if its real. Could be. Wii-we. Kinnect-connect? If thats the case they shouldnt fck up the wifi

    #17 5 years ago
  18. cookiejar

    You know, it kinda reminds me of the old Xbox. Black, chunky sides, and that grill on the side.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. onlineatron

    I just had a conversation about this and couldn’t bring myself to call the peripheral ‘Kinect’; Natal just felt right on the tongue.

    I can’t see what a name change is necessary…

    Didn’t that other oddly named device, err, what was it? The ‘Wii’ sell alright?

    #19 5 years ago
  20. zoopdeloop

    it surprises me even though people showing no signs of interest at all at these motion controler peripherals they have their full attention at them eventually.

    Either Microsoft’s and Sony’s marketing and hyping are bearing fruits or some may say it’s just curiosity

    off course there’s always a third secret and “darker” possibility ;)

    #20 5 years ago
  21. D3SI

    here you go guys:

    http://i.imgur.com/7srDh.gif

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Bloodyghost

    Wasn’t the other name Octosus or something like that? And now its Kinect? Come on its only one more day till we get the offical naming and release date and price and rumors are still stiring. Wow. Kinect is still cool though.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. David Sarkisjan

    It would be quite an amazing turnaround if Kinect wouldnt be Natal, but something else entirely, the handheld from Microsoft.

    Xbox 360 “Slim”, Kinect as their new handheld, and Natal. Could be a hattrick. We will see.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. xino

    sweet!

    i’ll list my xbox 360 at amazon UK now!

    it’s 60gb used
    I bought it used

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Anders

    I am still running on a 20 GB :)

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Lupine

    Holy shit, it is called kinect. http://www.usatoday.com/tech/gaming/2010-06-14-vidgame14_ST_N.htm

    #26 5 years ago
  27. onlineatron

    @25

    Same

    If bundled w/Natal (I refuse to call it Kinect) at a reasonable price, i’d consider getting this when I need a new machine.

    Wi-Fi is a massive plus for me as I move my 360 from room to room, losing connection in most.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Anders

    @26 Oops²

    #28 5 years ago
  29. onlineatron

    Joyride is a Natal title!

    Wait… What?!

    ‘•Star Wars characters and iconic Disney favorites will be featured in separate new games being developed at Microsoft in conjunction with LucasArts and Disney.’

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Anders

    “Kinect Sports has six activities including boxing, bowling, beach volleyball, track and field, soccer and table tennis. To serve a volleyball, you mimic the real motion; in soccer, you can kick the ball or do a header.”

    So blatant. I love it.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. 52pickup

    Those games sound shite! lol.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Stephany Nunneley

    Jesus. It hasn’t even started yet. And Kinect? Natal sounds better imo.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Stephany Nunneley

    @26 – Thanks, on it now.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Psychotext

    Go go family fun PR!

    http://i50.tinypic.com/b3u7hd.jpg

    At this point I’m wondering if the hardcore will finally realise that Natal (cough, sorry, Kinect) isn’t aimed at them… at all.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. onlineatron

    @31

    How can you say that?!

    Don’t you want to ‘train and play’ with not 1, not 2… but 20 virtual cats?!!!

    It’s like Eyepet… x20!

    #35 5 years ago
  36. xino

    @34
    lol that pic is alright but also retarded cuz it’s aimed at casual

    #36 5 years ago
  37. onlineatron

    Rumours are that ‘Dance Central’ is being developed by Harmonix.

    Given USA Today states the title is coming from MTV and Kotaku ran this story (http://kotaku.com/5555095/rock-band-creators-working-on-adancing-game) a couple of weeks back… it seems likely.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Amored

    How is it retarded if Natal/Kinect is aimed at the casual gamers? Do you really want top play Gears 3 with Natal/Kinect? If none of you like this peripheral, then why complain about who it’s aimed for? With Natal/Kinect we’ll still get the same type of games as before. Nothing will change. Things will only be added.

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Anders

    “With Natal/Kinect we’ll still get the same type of games as before. Nothing will change. Things will only be added.”

    That was what people were saying when the Wii was launched as well, though. If Microsoft and Sony make a killing on the casual market, their priorities will change.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Amored

    On Wii you don’t have the choice to throw away the Wiimote. In this case you don’t even have to buy Natal/Kinect.

    The Wii is a Nintendo. Nintendo hasn’t been “hardcore” since the SNES.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Erthazus

    God Please don’t call it Kinect. Thats just LOL. I can’t talk like: Hello, can i get Kinnect?

    Slim does not look like slim, but WI-FI included? Finally. It’s just they need so much years to do this…

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Blerk

    New 360 shape looks a bit weird. Can’t we just have consoles that look like DVD players?

    #42 5 years ago
  43. Gekidami

    Someones tried to guess the size compared to the FAT 360 using its DVD drive as a base:
    http://forums.gametrailers.com/thread/xbox-360-fat-vs-xbox-360-slim-/1081185

    #43 5 years ago
  44. 2plus2equals5

    Beautiful!:)

    #44 5 years ago
  45. Blerk

    That doesn’t appear to be very ‘slim’, does it? :-)

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Amored

    It hasn’t been confirmed yet, though, so for all we know it’s not even suppose to be a “slim” Xbox.

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Gekidami

    According to that guys rough match-up in the link up there, it seems to be nearly the same size. Only noticable difference is the MASSIVE vent.

    #47 5 years ago
  48. Bulk Slash

    Yeah judging from the size of the disc tray the size is mostly the same. The power button looks higher up on the system but that’s about it. Can’t see the bottom USB port flap either.

    Perhaps all they’ve done is shrink it just enough so that it’s the same size as the PS3 slim?

    #48 5 years ago

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  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • 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 […]