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kar10
04-01-06, 07:32 PM
I've been away from gaming for months now and I don't have a clue of what is going on now. I haven't played my xbox and suddently it doesn't work :(
The way is going I'm going to have to quit playing games.

Are there any news of a slimmer xbox?

tenaciousdave
04-01-06, 07:54 PM
They aren't going to make a slim Xbox.

The Xbox is dead, MS isn't making any new 1st party games. They aren't going to sink any more money into it.

sniper308
04-01-06, 08:07 PM
As tenaciousdave said, MS would probably prefer not to sell another Xbox at all... since they are still in the area of its life cycle where they are still losing money on each one sold and they have the 360 out to support, etc.

kgrogers1979
04-01-06, 08:22 PM
Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't Microsoft completely quit producing the Xbox hardware in January? I thought I read that on either Gamespot or IGN. That would mean that the original Xbox is now dead; once the hardware sells out in stores now, there won't be any new ones to replace them.

Also, wouldn't it be almost impossible to make a slim Xbox? It is so big because it is the only current-gen console with a built-in hard drive. I don't think it would be possible to make a slimmer Xbox and still include the hard drive.

Dan Average
04-01-06, 10:04 PM
It wasn't just the hard drive -- the HDD expansion bay in the pre-slimline PS2 took up as much space as the Xbox hard drive (not surprising, since both systems used 3.5" drives), yet it was still smaller than the Xbox. The original Xbox used a nearly full-sized ATX motherboard, as opposed to the custom form factor used for the 360 mobo. If MS really wanted to they could shrink the motherboard significantly (much like Sony did with the PSone and slimline PS2) and possibly even replace the hard drive with a smaller 2.5" drive. But MS won't be doing that for the reasons already covered.

BeanDip0001
04-02-06, 09:22 AM
slim what ha come on nothing screams video game console made by an american company better than a hugh black box and a little smaller but still oversized looking iPod box.

i mean if you look at this its a lot like the difference a few decades ago between the small jap import cars and the end of the muscle cars.

kar10
04-02-06, 12:03 PM
[QUOTE=kgrogers1979]Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't Microsoft completely quit producing the Xbox hardware in January? I thought I read that on either Gamespot or IGN. /QUOTE]

I'm going to try and search for it.

Do you have the link just in case I can't find it?

Gizmo
04-02-06, 12:32 PM
Rumors years ago (e3 2003...?) about a Slim Xbox. Never happened. Will never happen.

tenaciousdave
04-02-06, 03:10 PM
Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't Microsoft completely quit producing the Xbox hardware in January? I thought I read that on either Gamespot or IGN. That would mean that the original Xbox is now dead; once the hardware sells out in stores now, there won't be any new ones to replace them.

Also, wouldn't it be almost impossible to make a slim Xbox? It is so big because it is the only current-gen console with a built-in hard drive. I don't think it would be possible to make a slimmer Xbox and still include the hard drive.

There were rumors that they were going to stop producing them, I think MS might have even said it at E3 last year.

Although a couple of months ago they said they weren't stopping production, but it sounded fairly ambiguous.

I'm still trying to find the story.

Ralph Wiggum
04-02-06, 03:36 PM
Didn't MS assemble the Xbox from off-the-shelf parts? If so, I don't think it ever has been plausible for them to shrink the system like Sony.

kgrogers1979
04-02-06, 09:12 PM
[QUOTE=kgrogers1979]Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't Microsoft completely quit producing the Xbox hardware in January? I thought I read that on either Gamespot or IGN. /QUOTE]

I'm going to try and search for it.

Do you have the link just in case I can't find it?


No sorry I don't have the link. I just remember reading something along the lines of Microsoft saying that their focus is now 100% Xbox360, and as far as they are concerned, the original Xbox is now dead.

In my area, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and Circuit City have no more Xbox hardware. Either that means Microsoft has indeed stopped supplying Xboxes, or the stores have just stopped ordering them.

jeffdsmith
04-02-06, 09:15 PM
It's just like their older versions of Windows, when a new version ships they stop talking about the old one in any public form. All patches are released "silently" and its like the previous version does nott really exist anymore.

Hospitaller
04-03-06, 11:25 AM
a big part of the reason MS shelved the original xbox so quickly is the bad deal they signed with Nvidia. MS was paying huge royalties on every machine, and there was no language in the agreement to reduce or eliminate said royalty over time. This is why they couldnt wait to stop making Xboxes, and why there will never be a slim Xbox.

the irony of course is that MS was taking a lot of heat over whether or not 360 would have backwards compatibility, so they kludged it in, but there was no way to do it without violating some of Nvidia's IP. So MS has to pay Nvidia a royalty on 360s, but its supposedly much smaller as there is no actual infringing silicon, just the way it runs games.

BeanDip0001
04-05-06, 11:17 AM
not a slim xbox but damn cool IMO

http://download.divx.com/labs/Video/Cebit06/DivXLabs_HD_CeBitVideoBlog-Origami01.html

Giantrobo
04-05-06, 12:41 PM
Bummer.

My XBOX started acting up this morning and I think it's about to give up the ghost. The unit has slowed to a crawl. :(