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Rumour – Next gen Xbox bundled with Kinect, two model launch planned

Thursday, 24th November 2011 22:03 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The latest whispers suggest the next Xbox console will come in two flavours, but both of them with taste strongly of Kinect.

“Kinect is set for a significant upgrade and has a very strong likelihood of ending up bundled with the machine,” a Digital Foundry post on GamesIndustry reports, citing anonymous sources.

The sources believe Microsoft will follow a similar launch strategy as it did with the Xbox 360 by releasing at least two models.

“A pared down machine is to be released as cheaply as possible, and positioned more along the lines of a set-top box and perhaps as a Kinect-themed gaming portal, while a more fully-featured machine with optical drive, hard disk and backward compatibility aimed at the hardcore would be released at a higher price-point,” the report continues.

The sources claim Microsoft invited developers to an event at Disneyland after E3 this year, asking for feedback on the challenges of developing for the Xbox 360 and what they’d like to see in new hardware – which suggests it’s still a long way out.

Several other next-gen Xbox rumours are discussed over the course of the article, including the possibility of dual GPUs and competition from Nintendo, amidst practical discussion of manufacturing capacities and logistics. Hit the link above for the full thing.

Thanks, CVG.

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  1. freedoms_stain

    Releasing a model without a hard drive next generation would be abso-fucking-lutely insane. That’s all I’m sayin.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Goffee

    With Google TV 2 and Apple TV (proper) hitting next year, MS might need to find a way of being in the TV set rather than as an accessory.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. humanfish

    Not if the lower model is being released as a set top box or TV pvr as suggested, with Kinect for TV naivagation and perhaps games accessed via some sort of Live portal. I’m sure i would be quite tempting to some for £100 or £150. Not everyone wants Gears. And i am sure if marketed correctly, some would not even realise that the machine was a console normally.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. daytripper

    agree with 1. the more i read rumours about this system the less appealing it is

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    @1 I don’t see why. There are many, many casual console consumers out there who only own a handful of games, and at least half of the existing crowd don’t even use Xbox Live. There are plenty of people who simply won’t need one.

    With streamed media and cloud game storage, a HDD becomes even less necessary, and we have no idea how what kind of other cloud storage capabilities the device might come with.

    They’ll probably just do the same as they did with the Xbox 360, and provide two models, one with and one without. I’m sore people with kick and scream like little babies about it, but once the devices has been out for about a year and major games stop being released for the old format, people will simply trickle over to the new console.

    This happens console generation, and its not going to change any time soon.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    2 Xbox models? Thats a dick move for developers again.

    thats the same dick move when they launched Slim Xbox 360 and you could not use your old HDD from the previous Xbox 360′s on the new one.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    @6 Yeah, because… ya know… there’s never been a single decent game ever that didn’t require a hard drive, right?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. freedoms_stain

    @5, the size and scope of patches on the xbox360 are limited because they have to fit on a memory card that might be as small as 256MB.

    Do I think that’s a good thing? No.

    Do I think cloud storage is an acceptable alternative? Maybe for game saves, not for patches.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    @8 “the size and scope of patches on the xbox360 are limited because they have to fit on a memory card that might be as small as 256MB.”

    And that why games have free downloads for big patches on the Marketplace. Examples: Burnout Paradise, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Bad Company 2.

    Those who don’t play many games, won’t need the space.

    Any future machine isn’t going to be limited to something as paltry as 256MB. It’s probably be a few GBs flash storage or something, like the current Xbox Slim model has. It’s far more cost effective than a HDD.

    #9 3 years ago