E3 2010: Microsoft dates Kinect and new Xbox 360 ‘slim’

June 14, 2010

E3 2010: Microsoft dates Kinect and new Xbox 360 ‘slim’ Microsoft just officially unveiled the Kinect along with the rumored Xbox 360. The company went further by giving a launch date for both devices.

It came as no surprise when Microsoft unveiled the new Xbox 360 model I reported yesterday. The model will have Wi-Fi support (802.11N), and comes with a 250GB harddrive. The Xbox 360 “slim” will look exactly as shown in the leaked pictures from yesterday.

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Apparently, this $300 model will replace all Xbox 360 models. Microsoft is looking to clear out old stock with a price drop to the Arcade ($150) and Elite ($250). The Xbox 360 slim will ship to retail this week.

Microsoft also announced that Kinect will be launching November 4 later this year. No price point was announced to refute or support the alleged rumors of a $100 to $150 price tag.

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The majority of the press conference was dominated by the Kinect. The company did show off Gears of War 3, Halo: Reach and Kingdoms near the beginning of the press event. Look forward to my in-depth overview of the Kinect game lineup later tonight.


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