Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg has told Kotaku that there are no plans for a “slim” version of the Xbox 360 and that they are barely even at the halfway point of the systems life.
Greenberg says that
“People have invested in these consoles, and we have massively connected communities and we have storage. I think what we did with the New Xbox Experience is a sign of what we want to do with the console.”
All I can say is, thank goodness. I think that with all of the issues that the Xbox 360 has experienced it wouldn’t be a wise decision to try and cram the hardware into a smaller space. What I do wish they would do is spend even more time improving the hardware of the current systems so that the issues go away completely.
From what Greenberg has said it also looks like any rumours of a new SKU with a built in Natal are false, as he also went onto say that the Arcade and Elite will be their two SKUs from here on out. I don’t think that they have shelved the idea of another SKU completely though, especially if they think that the Xbox 360 still has another 4 or more years in it.
The addition of the NXE dashboard as well as Natal does however show that a console can evolve over time into an almost completely new experience without needing to change the hardware.
This generation of consoles may become a lot longer than a lot of us expected.
Last Updated: August 28, 2009