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Ballmer Teases New Xboxes at University Q&A

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A new Xbox in time for Natal, perhaps?

Last week, Steve Ballmer spoke at the University of Washington. He shared some interesting thoughts on cloud computing and detailed that 70 percent of Microsoft employees are currently working on cloud-related projects. However, some of Steve's other comments have people talking too -- specifically something he said about the Xbox line.

The transcript of Steve's talk at the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering at University of Washington is available online (via CrunchGear) and it reveals that Microsoft is considering offering Xbox fans more options when it comes to price and form factor.

"… for that big screen device here's a piece of hardware that we build, there's no diversity. You get exactly the Xboxes that we build for you. We may have more form factors in the future that are designed for various price points and options, but we think it's going to important."

With Sony's PS3 Slim already on the market six months, it seems like a smaller, more compact Xbox 360 is long overdue. However, Ballmer's comments make it seem like much more than that. What kind of configurations or form factors would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below!

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    Anonymous , March 8, 2010 1:42 PM
    How about one that doesn't break!!!
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    Tomtompiper , March 8, 2010 2:17 PM
    ehangerWanna know why they call it the xbox 360?When you see it you turn a 360 and go the other way!


    You failed geometry at school didn't you :) 

    Or did you mean the old xbox 180?
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    joesapp37 , March 8, 2010 1:51 PM
    Cloud computing is not interesting.
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    Dekasav , March 8, 2010 1:32 PM
    Oh yes, let's eliminate everyone having exactly the same hardware. Oh wait! That's a PC!
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    brennon7 , March 8, 2010 1:36 PM
    First, Blu-Ray player.
    Second, integrated wireless.
    Third, Eyefinity or similar technology with 3 1080p HDTVs.
    Fourth, 3D.
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    tipoo , March 8, 2010 1:37 PM
    I'd place my money on a Slim model. Bout time. And how about that Valhalla chipset that was supposed to come out?
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    sliem , March 8, 2010 1:40 PM
    My wish list:
    -eSATA
    -brennon7's list
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    Tomtompiper , March 8, 2010 1:41 PM
    First silent running, it couldn't be that difficult.

    Second Blu-Ray

    Third provide proper HTPC software or unlock to enable 3rd party solutions.
  • 27 Hide
    Anonymous , March 8, 2010 1:42 PM
    How about one that doesn't break!!!
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    Anonymous , March 8, 2010 1:46 PM
    How about a PS3 option?
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    scryer_360 , March 8, 2010 1:46 PM
    Blu-Ray first.
    Then make the drive quieter. Why was the DVD the loudest piece anyway.
    Then begin offering the 250gig drive from the MW2 edition as part of the Elites and as an off the shelf component.

    As far as form factor, I don't see a reason why we couldn't use a slim-slot loading DVD or BD drive, and stick the drive over where the CPU heatsinks are, then slim down all that space on the left of the Xbox.
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    joesapp37 , March 8, 2010 1:51 PM
    Cloud computing is not interesting.
  • 5 Hide
    thedistec , March 8, 2010 1:54 PM
    "Finish your vegetables before dessert." Microsoft ought to develop a full-size 360 with a less-than-50% failure rate before snazzing things up.
  • 10 Hide
    urlsen , March 8, 2010 2:01 PM
    tv tuner DVB-C-S-T
    Esata/usb3
    Wireless
    Passive
    Faster
    Smaller
    cheaper
    Firefox

    And thats about it :) 
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    bustapr , March 8, 2010 2:01 PM
    1st- Make an entirely new chipset, not a mod of the current and failed chipset, so that the RRoD isnt such a usual problem(that or hire new engineers).

    2nd- Big HDD and bluray on only 1 Xbox(It wont be necesary to overprice ur hardware with #1, ur warranty budget will dramatically drop, and it wont be necesary to have 2 Xboxes since #1 and #2 will make ur Xbox cheap and this time u wont lose $)

    3rd- Optional Avatars( nobody likes them)

    4th- It WILL cost even less if u make it smaller and quieter

    Thats all I would want in an Xbox and then I will buy it. I dont even care about the 8800 chipset( even though all the swarming trolls in this article will care with the bias and all that). I think Im WAY overdo to play GoW2 and Halo.
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    ncr7002 , March 8, 2010 2:02 PM
    One that doesn't RROD
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    jeverson , March 8, 2010 2:03 PM
    Well darn... I just got a new one at Xmas... the CoD2 edition one with the 250Gb HDD. I don't think it needs to get smaller, but I think a nice brushed aluminum one with a silent dvd/blu-ray drive would be nice. (Of course I just don't see MS jumping on the blu-ray wagon just yet) There are a few other things I'd like to see but they would all kick the price up well beyond what I'd pay for a console. But here they are anyway...

    1. Large SSD (250Gb minimum)
    2. Silent ODD
    3. Silent cooling
    4 Better Graphics (maybe... not sure how it would affect the performance of games that are already optimized for the current GPU... also the current graphics aren't bad for a console)
    5. Ability to mod the console in certain ways without voiding the warranty (ie: HDD/SSD/ODD upgrades)
    6. integrated wi-fi would be nice (although I already have adapters for both my xboxes)

    That should do it for now I guess.
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    bustapr , March 8, 2010 2:05 PM
    ronch79I don't see why they can't offer a new X360 with a faster CPU and graphics. A little speed bump will be much appreciated.

    Because they cant make games to play better on one version of a console than another. Thats affecting all of the other millions of Xbox users. well just have to wait for the other generation.
    The PSPgo is a recent example of how Sony failed because they changed everything about the original PSP users had.
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    babybeluga , March 8, 2010 2:07 PM
    "Ballmer Teases New Xboxes at University Q&A"

    What does this even mean...
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    babybeluga , March 8, 2010 2:11 PM
    jeversonWell darn... I just got a new one at Xmas... the CoD2 edition one with the 250Gb HDD. I don't think it needs to get smaller, but I think a nice brushed aluminum one with a silent dvd/blu-ray drive would be nice. (Of course I just don't see MS jumping on the blu-ray wagon just yet) There are a few other things I'd like to see but they would all kick the price up well beyond what I'd pay for a console. But here they are anyway...1. Large SSD (250Gb minimum)2. Silent ODD3. Silent cooling4 Better Graphics (maybe... not sure how it would affect the performance of games that are already optimized for the current GPU... also the current graphics aren't bad for a console)5. Ability to mod the console in certain ways without voiding the warranty (ie: HDD/SSD/ODD upgrades)6. integrated wi-fi would be nice (although I already have adapters for both my xboxes)That should do it for now I guess.


    Seriously? A 250Gb SSD? What planet made of gold are you living on?

    Also, way to describe everything that PC gaming can easily deliver...
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    carpwrist , March 8, 2010 2:14 PM
    I'm guessing they're going to release an intergrated Natal model of the Xbox 360.

    As far as hardware is concerned the 360 is doing well keeping up with current titles. I was surprised how good Battlefield Bad Company 2 runs on the 5 year old console. I doubt any computer I built at that time could run that game now.
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