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Xbox 360 Slim Likely?

Let’s go back to the good old days of the last generation consoles. Dominating the gaming industry was the Playstation 2 with its wide variety of games and superior support from 1st and 3rd party game developers. The PS2 sold almost one million consoles within the first day of availability in Japan. It’s no surprise that Sony and their Playstation 2 were headed down the right track.

One day in September, Sony announced a new version of its Playstation 2 line at an event in Tokyo, Japan. The new version was noticeably smaller and thinner than the original PS2. It included an upgrade that many Sony followers were waiting for: Built-In Ethernet.

Could this be a plan that Microsoft has taken under its wing? Many rumors of a slim version of the 360 have been debated over. While many believe it can’t happen, Microsoft has a big history. Microsoft tends to create and enhance anything that will sell. For example, it’s different versions of the Xbox 360. Microsoft is selling its Xbox 360 in three different versions, called the Arcade, Pro and Elite. The reason why they chose to put three versions of the console for sale was not to confuse customers, but to instead give consumers a choice to buy the lesser version if they don’t want to spend the money, or to buy the expensive version to get the most features and usability. This was indeed a selling plan because if they had one console that was expensive, some consumers would turn away for the reason of it being too expensive for their personal needs.

So why would Microsoft release a slim version? The slim version would sell like hotcakes, and would be cheaper to manufacture. Consumers these days strive for deals, the way to get something cheaper but with the same experience and enjoyment. Manufacturers and businesses strive for more money in these hard economic times. Company’s these days would like some extra money floating in their pockets, we all know it.

Now you may be asking “Gee Shadow I already know about money, but what I want to know is when it will be released and what features it will have?” The honest answer to both of those questions is simply I don’t know. None of us know except for the big corporal jockeys in Microsoft sitting around their huge conference room debating on whether Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks has better coffee. All I can give is my predictions. See, Microsoft is laying off jobs left and right, mainly because of insufficient funds to keep their salaries. Microsoft needs the money to roll in, and this would be a good way to get a new product into the market and watch it make money. When will it be released? I would dare to say sometime later this year. As I said, companies need money, and a slim could certainly help Microsoft.

Xbox 360 Slim

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February 1, 2009 - Posted by | Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360 | , ,

18 Comments »

  1. I wrote a rather large forum post on this topic a few months back at xbox.com. It got a load of favorable hits but as soon as the Moderators viewed the post it was pulled.

    Comment by True Gamer | February 2, 2009

  2. I’d love a slim xbox but I’ve noticed a problem…
    When I go to a friend’s house I take my HDD, I doubt the current HDD will connect to a slim Xbox. Copying to a memory is annoying. Might put a lot of others off too.

    Comment by Japester | February 2, 2009

  3. what id love to see is a slim ps3 lol. but if msoft could make the xbox significantly cheaper and smaller in a new slim version. id happily buy one. the wii got it right were size is concerned. shame its a shit console lol

    Comment by mantis | February 2, 2009

  4. I dont think that’ll happen anytime soon. Lets say they make it thinner or smaller. That will just mean smaller chips. Smaller CPU’s and GPU’s. And that takes research. Resaerch takes time… Time as you guessed it is money. Wont happen.

    the Xbox1 didnt go thin and neither will this one.

    Comment by Wolfy | February 2, 2009

  5. They could create a external USB connetion device much like every other external HDD. As for the CPU/GPU Microsoft has a problem keeping them cool as it is and Sony right now isnt in much better condition as for sales vs. cost of production. Neither system is perfect and until they figure out why systems are failing and/or not being sold they will probably stick with the current designs.

    Comment by Catalyst | February 2, 2009

  6. Will it still make that stupid noise????????

    Comment by XBOX360RULES | February 2, 2009

  7. It’d be neat, but people would probably prefer the extra features, which I can’t imagine them being able to keep in the slim one without having a meltdown. The one market I see for this is college students: poor and not much space. (Which is also the only place I’ve seen the thin PS2.)

    Comment by neurotype | February 2, 2009

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  9. I think they could fit the HDD with a different design, like imagine the 360 being the same way 3-4 inches thinner top to bottom, 1-2 inches thinner on the sides(like the fan area and HDD area) and switching the HDD area to the top left corner of the system on top of the system verticly or horizontely.(so they don’t make a smaller HDD and if you think about buying one you don’t have redownload everything) just an idea.

    Comment by Halogamer | February 2, 2009

  10. i might pick one up if they are like that,but not straight away, let them get the kinks out first.sayign that there are still kinks in the old ones up till now…

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=5PP1HEFlkdY

    Comment by klarax | February 2, 2009

  11. Personally, I’m more for a PS3 slim. Or at least one where the power unit is separate like the 360’s.

    As for getting a 360 slim, well only IF mine dies. And it won’t! Don’t believe those urban legends about people going through 5 or 6 360s! LIARS!!!

    Comment by ChrisWanker | February 2, 2009

  12. nice its great

    Comment by kur | February 2, 2009

  13. Ive heard many rumors going around that Microsoft has been designing a Xbox console that will be completely virtual reality………now that would be amazing

    Comment by brussell5226 | February 3, 2009

  14. Hi, cool site, good writing 😉

    Comment by WetBlineliene | February 9, 2009

  15. @Japester: Yes that could be a problem, unless Microsoft were to sell a cable or even bundle it with the slim that would enable the hard drive to be connected to the slim version.

    @XBOX360RULES: I hope not, it makes way to much noise with the fans spinning and the disk drive, hopefully if the slim version were to come true, there wouldn’t be any loud noise.

    @neurotype: The PS2 was able to pull off a slim version, and with the developing technology of slim products, Microsoft could have the internal chips and features developed smaller to accommodate the size.

    @Halogamer: Yes that is another way to think about it, and probably an easier and cheaper solution.

    @ChrisWanker: I have had my Xbox 360 since December of 2007 and it still has not died on me yet, of course it is an elite edition with the Falcon Motherboard and CPU. I don’t see how anyone can go through 2 Xbox 360’s and still want another one.

    @brussell5226: Microsoft has enough money to add anything to their next Xbox system right now, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s not the only new feature we see on it.

    @WetBlineliene: Thanks.:)

    Comment by gamerfan22 | February 25, 2009

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    Comment by Katie | April 20, 2009

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    Comment by mrred | April 22, 2009


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