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

Monday, 14th 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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  1. V_Ben

    :)

    #1 4 years ago
  2. ExclusivesMostly

    i knew it.

    update- ad is gone, that was fast.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. 52pickup

    Not keen on the design.

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

    #3 4 years ago
  4. D3SI

    looks nice

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Anders

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

    I like the name.

    #5 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  8. cookiejar

    Well, atleast is got a hefty air vent :D

    #8 4 years ago
  9. DJ Deathstar

    Ads been removed i think

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Madlink

    The ad has been removed! Surely real then?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Anders

    Yup, the ad is gone.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. 52pickup

    Someone is gonna get the swift sacking boot :D

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Psychotext

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

    #13 4 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 4 years ago
  15. Anders

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

    #15 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  18. cookiejar

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

    #18 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  21. D3SI

    here you go guys:

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

    #21 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  24. xino

    sweet!

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

    it’s 60gb used
    I bought it used

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Anders

    I am still running on a 20 GB :)

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Lupine

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

    #26 4 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 4 years ago
  28. Anders

    @26 Oops²

    #28 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  31. 52pickup

    Those games sound shite! lol.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Stephany Nunneley

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

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Stephany Nunneley

    @26 – Thanks, on it now.

    #33 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  36. xino

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

    #36 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  42. Blerk

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

    #42 4 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 4 years ago
  44. 2plus2equals5

    Beautiful!:)

    #44 4 years ago
  45. Blerk

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

    #45 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago