Contrary to previous reports by some media outlets, Piers Harding-Rolls of Screen Digest, and Michael Pachter of Wedbush Morgan do not think that Microsoft will release an upgraded Xbox alongside the Project Natal motion sensor.
Edge reports that both analysts do see the possible launch of a new 360 SKU, with some added functionality and storage, they feel that the tech within the console will remain the same.
When Harding-Rolls talked to Edge, he said, “I believe the idea of an upgraded Xbox 360 that plays better looking and performing games is entirely speculative and unlikely at this stage.”
Pachter seemed to agree when he spoke with Edge, saying “We will see new SKUs often, with ever increasing hard drives, DVR functionality, probably Internet TV and HDTV tuners built in, but we won’t see anything that requires a retooling of software development. If they don’t change the CPU/GPU combination, it’s not a new console, it’s a new SKU. There have been five so far, and this reinforces the commitment to the current cycle. Changing the control scheme to a Natal scheme won’t be that complicated for most developers, but retooling for a faster CPU or higher resolution GPU could cost developers a lot of money and time.”
Both analysts also believe that Natal’s price point will be something not meant to put off the “mainstream” consumers, and possibly launch with a price range similar to the Wii Fit Balance Board.
Only time, and Microsoft, will tell us for sure. Until then, expect the rumors and speculation to fly high!
I do not see 90 bucks, game included, as a terrible price for the tech. In fact, it sounds pretty reasonable. If it actually happens is another thing.
Read the full story here: Edge Online