The Interwebs were astir yesterday after 1UP claimed to have learned that Microsoft was planning to introduce a redesigned and upgraded version of the Xbox 360 sometime next year, around the launch of the Project Natal add-on. Well now, not only have those rumors been refuted, they’ve been expanded upon to create an all-new super rumor.
Citing double-secret insider info, the folks over at TeamXbox report that Microsoft has no plans to introduce a new Xbox 360, but they say that a special edition of the console with built-in Natal support is still entirely possible. However, the biggest new addition to the rumor pile is that over the next few weeks, new information (which TeamXbox claims to already be privy) will start being released about the next Xbox.
For now, the only thing TeamXbox will reveal at this time is that Microsoft doesn’t plan on launching a new console until “a certain type of television becomes more widespread, because in addition to built-in Natal tech, a key feature of the next Xbox would be full HD stereoscopic 3D visuals similar to 3D movie theatres.”
Well played TeamXbox. Of course, until someone actually confirms any of this info, none of it should be believed. I mean, it all sounds plausible enough (a bit more plausible than I usually like my rumors to be honest), but we don’t even know that much about Project Natal yet, and we're already talking about two new consoles, one that supports 3D HD gaming? Let's pace ourselves, people.
But as long as we’re tossing rumors around, here’s one for you: In addition to hands-free motion-control support, the next Xbox will also support Microsoft’s Surface technology with your TV being the main screen and the Surface display as your secondary screen, sort of like a living-room sized version of the Nintendo DS. Now we play the waiting game to see whose rumor is right.
What’s your take on these new Xbox rumors?