Although we’ve heard numerous times that the Xbox 360 is half way through its life cycle, Microsoft’s senior director of Xbox product management, David Hufford, doesn’t necessarily think that’s true. “There is no need to launch a new console, because we’re able to give this console new life either with software upgrades or hardware upgrades like Project Natal,” Hufford said, adding that Microsoft has already shown the motion control in action and how it works but more importantly, that it works. The focus should now shift to making games for it.
Since first appearing at E3 last year, Natal is being spoken of more and more every day; the hype machine is in motion. It would also seem that with the number of software changes Microsoft has made, integrating Zune Marketplace, Netflix, Last.fm, Twitter, Facebook, etc., not to mention the complete dashboard revamp made a while back, a hardware upgrade to the console would fit in well with what’s already there. And sure enough, Project Natal seems to be a big enough upgrade to both enhance the Xbox 360 and its life cycle.
However, should Project Natal turn out to be an utter failure, any predictions on when we’ll see an Xbox 720 in stores?