The lights are on
UPDATE TWO: Microsoft's press conference just confirmed the worst kept secret in the industry: the Xbox 360 Slim. What you didn't know, however, is that it is shipping today. Yeah...in a matter of days, you'll be playing a smaller, sleeker, and "whisper quiet" (Microsoft's words) version of the console, all for the same price as the regular 360.
UPDATE ONE: Kinect has been confirmed as the new name for Natal and a list of some of the early games in development for it has been released. Check out the full story.
ORIGINAL STORY: We're mere hours away from Microsoft kicking off E3 with a Natal event tonight and less than 24 hours from their big press conference tomorrow, but two of their biggest surprises may have been leaked today.
A super-sleuth over at the NeoGAF forums stumbled onto the ad banner (above) on an Italian game site. According to a forum member, the ad's animation advertises that it includes a 250GB hard drive, built-in wi-fi, and compatibility with "Kinect."
So what's Kinect? We've heard rumors that Natal isn't the final name for Microsoft's upcoming motion control device and that we'd probably find that out either at the Natal event tonight or during the press conference tomorrow. If this ad somehow got accidentally posted early, could the new name for Natal have been leaked in advance with it? And is Kinect the actual name we'll get in North America or a regional variation on whatever will be announced tomorrow?
Keep in mind that for the next few hours, at least, this is all completely rumor. There have already been several big E3 leaks faked, and it's possible that some devious forum-dweller wanted to wait until just before the show kicked off to fool the gaming world with their masterpiece. We'll know the truth one way or another very soon.
[Thanks to Ben Jones and workinonit24 for the tips]
A guy saved the flash advert to youtube, in case it gets taken down;
It looks... kinda odd from that angle, but my launch box is probably gonna give up the ghost soon, so i'll be in the market for a new 360 sometime soon :)
this looks pretty awesome.....i might actually get a 360 now
I hope this is only a rumor but if its true I guess the guy who found this gets bragging rights for a couple of days...
If it has built in wifi im defiantly upgrading my xbox...
Who care's if it's a rumor just keep the info coming, and what about the slim 360 gotta see that, and it's about time to...
awesome. been crossing my fingers for wifi...
cool wi fi maybe I can replace mine so I don't have to run an ethernet cable from one room to another
this one comes out im getting it =]
Now the all important question... price? I was holding off on purchasing a 360 because I heard rumors of a slim coming out. I was hoping that the price would be cut down by a couple dollars. However, if they are making a 360 slim with extra features like the built in wifi and a 250 GB hard drive they might just keep the price the same as the 360 Elite.
Built in wifi? I already need a new xbox, make this come out NOW
OK everyone is arguing about the size of this thing saying its impossible to tell how big it is. Look at the DVD Drive obviously its going to be the same size as the 360's because the discs arent getting smaller. So look at that size then you can make an accurate guess on how big it is.
Now that I look at it a bit more it looks like the original Xbox, but instead of having a curve its just 2 straight edges and its still the same height and depth, although the back falls down quite a bit.... I dont think this is real at all.
Man I want this so bad! Give this to me for free pleas!
I like the sound of this new Xbox. But I want a PS3 first!
I'm definitely interested in this.