Oh that was certainly quite a ruckus Steve Ballmer stirred up this week for Microsoft, wasn't it? After Aaron Greenberg came rushing to the rescue to clarify that there will be NO new console by 2010, even Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) has spoken out to express that a new console is out of the question cos the Xbox 360 is all set with the company's support "long into the next decade."
The XBL Director of Programming in fact said that Micrsoft is "not even halfway through the current console generation cycle." To quote:
As the Xbox team stated at E3 two weeks ago, 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. Project Natal will be an important part of this platform, but we have not confirmed a launch date at this time.
He did not, however, necessarily confirming that they are working on a new Xbox 360 SKU to be paired exclusively with Project Natal.
- Aaron Greenberg clarifies: There will be no new console
- Microsoft confirms 512MB Xbox 360 Arcade, now shipping as standard models