Microsoft Corrects itself on Need for New Console

Natal based confusion resolved

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Microsoft Corrects itself on Need for New Console
Back at E3 09, Don Mattrick - Senior Vice President, Interactive Entertainment Business, Entertainment and Devices Division - had this to say about the power of Natal:

"We can leap into a new era of entertainment without introducing a new console… We make you the controller."

This was taken in some corners to mean that there would not be a new Xbox iteration. (Of course, other corners bit at a report of Steve Balmer's speech in Chicago mentioning a new 'console'. This was before Ballmer apologised for his 'misspeaking'.)

Now Phil Spencer - General Manager, Microsoft Game Studios - has explained to Michael French at MCV what Mattrick actually meant to say: "What Don was saying was that when Natal comes out it will feel like a new generation has come. I see it as like the launch of the Xbox 360 back in 2005 – there will be a launch portfolio of games to support it."

So, it will 'feel' like a new generation but it will be like the launch of the Xbox 360. We're more confused than ever.


DoctorDee 16 Jul 2009 14:31
How is this even remotely confusing? Natal will (reputedly) cause a quantum leap in gaming, so it will feel like a new generation of gaming. Given that Natal will work on a 360, there is no need for a new console for a generational leap in gaming. The launch of the 360 WAS a new generation of gaming... so it's logical that it should resemble ("I see it as like") that.
Dobkeratops 16 Jul 2009 17:31
As a self confessed 360-zealot, I really hope that Natal succeeds and doesn't become M$'s answer to the 32X.
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Daz 17 Jul 2009 04:40

I disagree all I see is an Eye Toy and they've been around since PS2.
config 17 Jul 2009 20:19
@Daz Dr Dee did say "reputedly", but I'm with you on the EyeToy thing
Daz 17 Jul 2009 23:05

I have know Idea what that means, sorry.
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