There were rumors Microsoft would redesign the original Xbox, but instead, the company moved into the next generation. With this hardware cycle appearing to last much longer than any one before it, the idea that Microsoft would redesign the look of Xbox 360 eventually isn't far fetched, especially since Sony just rolled a redesign for PlayStation 3.
Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft's director of product management for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live, wouldn't give a straight answer (surprise!) about whether this was a possibility.
"We are really happy with the Xbox 360 console hardware, which as you know we designed from the beginning for continuous innovation," said Greenberg over e-mail last night. "I think we showed with the New Xbox Experience that we can re-invent the entire console experience through the power of software. Then you look at something like Project Natal, which many people have described as a next-generation experience being adding to the current Xbox 360 generation."
Microsoft could easily roll out a redesigned Xbox 360 with Project Natal packed into the box. Right now, Project Natal's expected to be released before the end of 2010.
"We are really changing the rules this generation in many ways and extending the lifecycle beyond what many may have imagined," said Greenberg. "Today we not even at the mid-point of this generation and have a lot of exciting new experiences we plan to deliver to Xbox 360 owners in the future."
None of this rules out an Xbox 360 with a new look, but it's not happening this year.
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