Natal Now “Kinect” – Xbox Slim Rumours Swirl


The controller formerly known as “Project Natal” has been officially dubbed “Kinect,” and rumours of a revised “slim” edition of the console have begun circulating.

A messy series of leaks seem to have spoiled Microsoft’s E3 launch, with the Kinect name, and a series of Kinect game titles including Kinectimals, Joyride, Kinect Adventures, Dance Central and the especially original Kinect Sports, all becoming known in advance of the launch theatrics.

The mysterious advertisement, from an Italian source, also reveals a supposed new Xbox 360 model:



Features offered are said to include a 250GB HDD, wifi and “Kinect compatibility,” though what that is supposed to comprise, if anything, is not clear.

Whether genuine or not remains to be seen, but the features offered seem distinctly underwhelming, and some have already voiced doubts about the actual “slimness” of the supposed new console, not that fatness was ever much of a complaint – Microsoft already had the better of the PS3 in this respect.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    most of you just like ps3 better because it's japan made, fucking weabos.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:50 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude, PS3 can go suck a big one if there aren't any good games. What it all comes down to is gameplay, don't get hung up on your country 'cause you're patriotic. NOONE gives a shit.

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    Comment by Striker25
    10:37 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Generic ignorant Xbox Fanboy

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:16 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMG I just saw some Natal/Kinect new gameplay on youtube and I am shock on how stupid it look to play some games on it...
    Great for kids but not so great for teens and young adult...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:40 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    just wait what kind of game can played with this stuff.

    don,t be stupid to buy a device that can only used in onkind of game like dj **** turn table(no offence)

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    Comment by dumba989
    01:43 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I bet it's going to cost about $500. Greedy ass Microsoft, they never have enough.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:59 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's if they used real parts. =)

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:24 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, really? Kinect? As in Kinetic + Connect? That's just terrible. Project Natal at least sounded kinda cool, despite being a cheap gimmick, just like PS3's gimmick, and just like the Wii. But Kinect? I hope someone lost their job over this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:24 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cool, I love K'nex

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:43 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why on earth does that new X360 looks like a VCR that's bent out of shape?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:46 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well, Microsoft has yet introduce another thing that will continue their FAIL percentage in several years.

    PS3 ftw.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:30 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why does all these "parents" show up in ads all the time?
    Stop making an unrealistic commercial...

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    Comment by DFC
    00:20 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I cant wait to get Kinected on my slim xbawks.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    00:07 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo and Sony FTW :D don't like microsoft though i won't bash them since they don't make good hardware in the first place not to mention they're games aren't that great. not really excited about this news though i might buy sometime since im tempted at lost odyssey it's the only game worth getting for the machine along with magna carta 2.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:48 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    THAT is the least biased comment of THIS article.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder if it blu-ray compatible. I think it would only make sense given what I've read in previous articles. I just hope is doesn't suffer from the hardware problems that plague the 360 and Elite. My Elite died in January and I still can't got it fixed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is going to be the best not the crap you guys are sprouting. Wi-fi n 250GB hdd Kinect ready and released as of this week to retail stick that in your pipe and smoke it doubters

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    04:12 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A slim version = A slim chance of getting a RROD..?

    I'll wait until my 360 dies before I get this since I have all 3 systems and have nothing to worry about...

    That said, I can't wait for Death Smiles for the 360, since I have been waiting for that J-Shmup for a long time now...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like I'll just be reading Sankaku News on my Wii from now on, gonna trash my 360, stupid ads for the kinect coming in...bah...

    Comment by GreasyWeeabooVirgin
    10:14 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That guy's arms are way too cut to be that of a gamer. :l How misleading. :3

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    Comment by Striker25
    10:38 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like a original xbox 360 and smashed on the center of it.

    Comment by PhillB
    02:02 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Certainly, everyone here prefer the PS3 mostly because is made in Japan. I'll stick to my 360 which has offered me great games and has never failed me.

    Anyway, I don't care what Microsoft has to offer about former Natal and the 360 slim.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:59 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude, FOCUS.
    Gameplay = Favortism
    Weak Gampplay = Fail
    PS3 = Gamplay
    Wii = Gamplay x Age Limit
    (above Wii equation is intirely biased, btw)
    360 = Gameplay / Hr. of Functionality
    Natal = Gamplay x Quantum Self Respect Theorum

    All in all, PS3 or Wii makes better choices, but 360 does deserve a chance. Natal, or whatever it is now, has factors to compute for your own self and is only recomended to those who KNOW how to pick and choose what they buy with it. All others will despise and hate something (no offense) Looking so beat up, requiring soo much space, and lacking in an original scheme of cration. Dude, the "Hands-Free" Idea has been around since long before the N64.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:40 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That doesn't really look slim, but whatever. I guess they'd still need to try and fit the older HDDs on there so that people would be happy.

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    Comment by Shukero
    21:44 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm tired of everyone completely knocking everything xbox 360... I love how there isn't any news on how badly the PS3 sucks, and how Sony is getting their asses both reemed and sued for talking off the Dual boot option; but HEY! At least I know now how bias some people are!

    As the the xbox360 slim, I think it's at least a step forward. Now I won't have to buy a wireless adapter, it looks much better than the original, and it will run quieter than the original due to that design.

    There is no reason to knock the 360, considering it has better and more games than the PS3, and has better features. I love how everyone talks about it failing, but I have yet to have it happen to my original xbox 360 or elite. I also love how no one is pissed off at Sony for basically stealing the concept of xbox live and making people have "trophies" instead of points / achievements.... REAAAAL original buddies.

    P.S. Sony is just an imitator. If you really want to know who built the PS3, go to the people at nintendo, Nvidia, and the various other people sony ripped off ideas from :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:15 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    THere are no such news because the PS3 blows the xbox 360 out of the water. And then dances on its corpse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:16 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I sense the xbox fanboyism deep within you. Nevertheless here are some things you should know:
    1)The xbox 360 has a 60% failure rate, mine failed twice.
    2)The xbox 360 has around 50% of the raw graphic and processing capability of the standard PS3.
    3)The ps3 uses Cell processing, which was developed in house by Sony and is an entirely new thing (meaning that the PS3 is not made off of ripped off ideas).
    4)The xbox 360 is basically built like a computer. It even comes with a NVIDIA graphics card. Of course this means that it has nothing new or interesting in it except for the fact that it has a 60% failure rate.

    I would like to say for the record that I do not own a PS3. I find my computer and PS2 to be adequate. I do own a xbox 360 but I stopped playing on it years ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:27 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That explains why the PS3 has crap graphics compared to games released on both systems. I mean if you want to be a fanboy go for it, but making shit up? Come on now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:28 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    50%? Yeah right. The 360 and PS3 are effectively equivalent, with the PS3 being technically marginally superior, which in practice it's usually marginally inferior due to shitty ports and/or awkward programming.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:07 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    AnonAnon says:

    Incorrect, 360 has higher run apps with much, much less durability.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:07 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It happen when you were banned right?

    But overall, I agreed with you. Plus if you add to you're argument that, all game's presented at E3 for kinect are clone versions of casual games for the wii. Deception is the key word, even for MS hardcore fans feel this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:13 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    But does it play games?

    It does? Sweet, cause that's all that really fricken matters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:48 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    until they add an easy-bake oven, no thanks. seriously, a gaming system that can't make cupcakes... what are they thinking?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:40 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    1) The Xbox 360 doesn't have a 60% failure rate. Only the first few batches had any real problems with them, and the actual failure rate is in fact much lower.

    I'll let the rest of the points stand, though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:51 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just to correct you on one thing, the cell processor was a joint development with Sony, IBM and Toshiba.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:07 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...and a GPU (by ATI, not Nvidia) that can push almost twice as many polygons at once, has incredibly fast EDRAM onbaord, unified shaders, and some Direct X 10/11 functionality which only came to PC graphics cards later.

    Oh, and the Cell's best feature is being able to encode and decode compressed video extremely quickly. It's not really the best choice for gaming.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:31 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    NOT, sorry, had to correct that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:31 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, it's just a hands-free upgrade (if that's how you see it) of the 360?
    Now as impressive as the parts it's made of.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:09 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    22:51 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Protip: Xbox Slim will still have external power block. PS3 slim still technically smaller.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:59 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just another brainwashed Xbot.

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    Comment by alidan
    22:40 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i have everything.

    2 wiis, one failed
    3 xbox 360s 6 failed
    1 ps3 which failed

    one wii wont read dvds
    1 360 red ringed
    1 360 wouldnt red ring but crashed games all the time
    1 360 wouldnt open anymore
    1 360 wouldnt read discs any more
    1 360 had scrambled graphics
    and i forgot how the last one died.
    i have 1 fail because warranty ran out
    i have a second because best buy fucked me on the in store warranty, they said it expired when it still had another year, and i haven't taken it in out of fear i will kill them when i do. these people are so fucking retarded in my area, you have no fucking idea.
    aand i have a third because microsoft takes 6 weeks and im not waiting that long to play games again, especially when i have had one red ring 1 day after i got it
    1 red ringed the day after i got it
    and ps3 did the ps3 equivalent of red ring.

    o yea, and achievements have been around sense before the 360 fucktard, just not every game used them because those games werent about achievement whoring tehy are about playing the fucking game. i believe worms series did.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:50 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    star ocean 3 had battle trophies too, though some were damn near impossible to get. did anyone ever get all 300?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:32 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    147 for me, man

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:28 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They seem to drive to KFC

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:24 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The supposed 360 Slim looks like someone beat it with a bat.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This advert is racist. It's like they're trying to say that black people don't have money to buy a real game system so they have to play an imaginary one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:11 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, it's also like saying that black people don't know money, and rather than get the cheaper Wii, the blow it on the "k1nect"

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:28 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This site is literally a propaganda machine! I am so sick and tired of the backing of a crappy PS3 that has less exclusive games! The Xbox is beating the sales of PS3, and it will take a lot of time before PlayStation can get close. Who cares if Xbox is made by an American company or not.

    What does politics have to do with gaming? Playstation was at the top, and now because they have been beaten by microsoft, you all cry?

    Fanboy or not, Kinect looks awesome. Stop crying about Playstation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:23 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's about time someone said something, this site seriously bashes anything not japan made. Which is unfair because numbers count and xbox's numbers are higher than that of the ps3 plus there are way more exclusive games on the 360 seeing as it's hard as shit to code for the ps3 anyways. Get off your stupid "japan is better" horses.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:36 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    PS3 might not have as many exclusives as 360, but at least it doesn't make the stupid, loud "whirrrr" sound all the time, reads Blu-Rays, doesn't require you to buy hundreds of additional shit (wi-fi adapter, hard drives which cost fortune) if you bought the cheapest bundle, doesn't break as fast (in most cases), online service is free and most exclusives are awesome (Valkyria Chronicles, for instance [don't kill me for saying this, but I thought HAZE was a nice shooter, you just gotta get used to it]).

    I have both the 360 and the PS3, guess which collects dust. I'm worried of even buying new games for the 360 now, since the warranty is already expired and any money spent on a game would be a waste if the console broke, since I wouldn't bother to buy a new 360. It's like taking care of a horribly sick, crippled child, don't do too much with it or it'll die.

    Besides, 360 is what holds the gaming industry behind since it only handles DVDs, while PS3 handles Blu-Rays making room for more features, levels and stuff overall in games. Most games are made for 360 and are then ported over to the PS3, which is why so many games today take a grand total of 4 hours to complete, 2 of which are cutsenes and loading times.
    PC doesn't give a fuck about disk capacity, since you install games on it. You could have 3 DVDs in one box.
    Wii is out of question since it's still back in PS2's era.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:59 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeap, it's actually super hard to code for the ps3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:10 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I honestly thought you weren't a troll until I read the last paragraph. The reason games are 4 hours long isn't because of lack of disc space, it's because producing HD content is freaking expensive. If you give them more disc space, they'll just put less compressed cinematics on it, or just not fill it out at all, as is the case with pretty much all PS3 titles that aren't cutscene heavy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ooh yes, much more expensive.
    It's as expensive as it was in the PS2 era. GTA4 cost 100 million, while Shenmue, a game made in 1998 (before PS2 was out) cost 70M it was much more restricted and had a smaller play area. Also, less people were involved in producion of Shenmue, compared to 1000 people involved in the making of GTA4.
    The reason games are 4 hours long is because of developers' laziness. They know it's the easiest to just create, say, 6 multiplayer maps and let people have matches online than taking their time and spending more money hiring voiceactors and level designers to provide a fulfilling singleplayer experience. Then just sell them new map packs and there you go, all set.
    Another reason is that the games are way too easy, what's the last time you played a non-MMO RPG game on either 360 or PS3 that took more than just ~10 hours to complete the main questline? Fable 2 can be completed in two or three 3 hour sittings, they claimed it's much, much bigger than the original, yet it was even more limited and even less challenging than it's already easy and restricted prequel. So actually, since they made the land bigger yet the game is piss easy and full of unnecessary stuff, it means that producing HD content is not as expensive as you might think.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    00:05 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wait not many as 360? what the hell if you really research it's actually the other way around.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:59 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You are delusional. You're the first to mention PS3 here in a seemingly biased to XBox stance and Kinect is just underwhelming. You see any game news sites proclaiming awe and anticipation for it that's not run by XBox relations?

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    Comment by alidan
    22:46 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i see nothing bashing the 360 here

    it says plainly that its leaks and is underwhelming.

    lets see here.

    wi fi in the box, that should have been standard day fucking 1 and its about time, i wont praise them for doing something right for a change, and above i have said i have 3 360s and have dealt with 6 failures.

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