Feeds

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

And his Project Natal talk

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

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
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
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.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.