Feeds

Microsoft pooh-poohs CEO's 'new Xbox 360 next year' claim

And his Project Natal talk

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Confusion reigns supreme in the gaming industry today following Microsoft’s retraction of comments by big cheese Steve Ballmer that a new Xbox 360 console featuring Project Natal will emerge next year.

While speaking at a conference in Chicago earlier this week, Ballmer announced that next year’s revamped Xbox 360 will be fitted with technology that he claimed was “really, really close" to being ready for commercialisation, according to a report by TG Daily.

Ballmer also reportedly added that the 2010 model will have a “natural interface” fed by an integrated camera and the ability to recognise movement and voice.

His description, not unreasonably, has led many in the industry to believe that the model will either ship alongside Project Natal or feature the controller-less technology inside.

However, Microsoft has since backtracked on what its own chief said – both about a new Xbox 360 for 2010 and Project Natal’s launch date.

“We are not even halfway through the current console generation lifecycle and believe Xbox 360 will be the entertainment center in the home for long into the next decade,” the company said.

True, we'd say, but that doesn't preclude another revamp of the 360, of which there have been a number already.

Microsoft added: “Project Natal will be an important part of this platform, but we have not confirmed a launch date at this time.” ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai
It's not the size of your shiny-shiny...
Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek
Is bigger necessarily better for the fruity firm's flagship phone?
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?