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Project Natal plus new software and content services to prolong life of Xbox console, says Microsoft

“I think it’s important to say that the Xbox 360 is the console of the long future for us. There’s 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,” said David Hufford, in a briefing at CES. “The Xbox 360 was designed for a long life, and I don’t even know if we’re at the midpoint yet.” Rather than release a new console, Microsoft is developing Project Natal to enhance existing systems. Hufford said that the Xbox 360 didn’t need an upgrade to support 3D games — “Avatar is on Xbox and we’ve a 3D game, Scrap Metal, in our booth right now” — and nor would he commit to offering a Blu-ray drive.

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