Published on March 26th, 2012 | by Shawn Long, Features Editor
Stripped Down Xbox 360 in 2013?
According to a well-respected Microsoft blogger on Reddit, Microsoft will be attempting to compete with ‘Apple TV’ in the near future with a stripped-down console. Pointing to a price point of around $100 USD, the system will focus on “Arcade-style games” and Kinect games. Evidently, it will not have a disc drive to cut down on costs.
My response to this is “Why?” Do we really need this console? The Kinect didn’t exactly light the gaming world on fire, so why release a system that is basically a standalone Kinect system? It reminds me of SEGA during the Genesis years trying to extend the life of the system with crazy devices. This may shape up to be an interesting story, or may just be what it is currently–a rumor.
Microsoft sent this comment to GameSpot:
“Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend its lifecycle like introducing the world to controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention. Beyond that we do not comment on rumors or speculation.”