Reports: Natal dubbed 'Kinect;' new Xbox 360 on deck
Two 11th-hour leaks point to news that may be central to Microsoft's E3 Xbox product announcements.
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Project Natal redubbed Kinect: First demonstrated at 2009's E3 show, Microsoft's camera-based Project Natal motion controller will be officially dubbed "Kinect," according to an article in USA Today. It was long understood that the Natal name was simply the camera-based motion controller's working title, so this alleged new moniker wouldn't be a surprise.
In addition to listing several alleged Kinect-related launch titles, the article makes reference to a Cirque du Soleil launch party scheduled for Sunday evening in Los Angeles in the past tense--even though the event hadn't yet started when it was published. That means that the information was likely provided to the paper under embargo, and the article was either published early, or was an exclusive.
Xbox 360 "Slim": Italian adverts for an updated Xbox 360 console have shown up on gaming blog Kotaku. In addition to an ventilated black enclosure, the supposed new Xbox 360 will also sport a more spacious 250GB hard disk and integrated Wi-Fi. (The current Xbox is available in 120GB and 250GB capacities, but it's the only current game console without built-in Wi-Fi, requiring instead a pricey add-on.)
If I had to handicap both rumors, I'd put the Kinect nomenclature--and the entire USA Today article--in the "all but certain" column, with the 360 Slim rumors closer to 60/40. (Rumors of a purported smaller Xbox 360 have swirled for years, most recently in.)
We won't have a long wait to find out the truth:will play out in less than 18 hours. In the meantime, what do you think about these rumors? Share your thoughts below.