Analyst predicts $299 slim Xbox 360/Project Natal bundle this year

GameIndustry.biz reports that Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter is predicting a new slim-lined Xbox 360 hardware revision before year’s end. Regarding a potential price drop to combat loss of market share to the PlayStation 3, Pachter told investors, “It is far more likely that we will see a slim version of the Xbox 360 with a 250 GB hard drive and with Project Natal bundled into the box while maintaining the $299 price point, especially if Sony does not lower the price of the PS3 by the time Natal and Sony’s Move controllers launch in the fall."

This is not the first word of a potential Xbox 360 hardware revision in recent months. Weeks ago, Joystiq acquired images from a Chinese tech forum that were purported to be a slimmed-down version of the Xbox 360 motherboard. Add a quote from Steve Ballmer referring to “more form factors in the future,” and a recent Microsoft job listing for an Xbox 360 Motherboard Design Engineer, and Pachter’s claim seems more than viable.

New form factors are a staple of the game industry. Earlier this year, Sony introduced a slimmer version of the PlayStation 3, and along with a new marketing campaign, managed to greatly improve public interest in their console. The Xbox 360 has been on the market for almost 5 years, and it would make sense for Microsoft to take a similar approach to coincide with the launch of Project Natal this winter.

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I'm still not convinced a "slim" Xbox 360 is feasible. Think about it... the hard drives are a fixed width that's the same as the console.. Unless they came out with a brand new type of hard drive (internal perhaps?), the Xbox 360 cannot get any thinner.

They might be able to design it to mount on top instead of on the side, but I don't see the point in redesigning the 360 anyway.

You mean you have never heard of a big-foot drive? I remember they were showing up in Compaq computers back in the 90s. Big flat drives that did not work in other computers. HA!

I'm no analyst but how's this:

I predict a new console from Nintendo in the near future at a competitive price and with new innovations.

(Sony still sitting idle somewhere in the PS3's "10 year plan")

Where's my reward?

C_Guy said,
I'm no analyst but how's this:

I predict a new console from Nintendo in the near future at a competitive price and with new innovations.

(Sony still sitting idle somewhere in the PS3's "10 year plan")

Where's my reward?

+1.... i mean, seriously want lame credentials o you have to have to consider yourself an 'analyst' anyway?

C_Guy said,
I'm no analyst but how's this:

I predict a new console from Nintendo in the near future at a competitive price and with new innovations.

(Sony still sitting idle somewhere in the PS3's "10 year plan")

Where's my reward?

The last Nintendo that was decent IMO was the 64. Wii is just ridiculous. I hate the controls.

Looking forward to a slim 360 though, hopefully they learned something from the big brother fatty.

As well, for $299 with a 250 Gb harddrive, im in, and would get rid of my fatty.

Only time will tell if they do a slimmer 360 but Natal isn't going to cost much from what's been said/rumored/hinted so far. Some say Natal could go for $50. Maybe $100 with some Natal games.

216 said,
well if a slimmer Xbox equals a slimmer chance of getting RROD, that makes a great price point

They fortunately cured their common RROD issue when they last redesigned the internals of the Xbox 360.

pickypg said,

They fortunately cured their common RROD issue when they last redesigned the internals of the Xbox 360.


It was a couple of revisions back I believe.