Microsoft to show off 'smaller and denser' Xbox console at next-gen event

Sources say Microsoft to reveal trimmed down Xbox system with "flattened" controllers at media briefing next week.

During Microsoft's next-generation reveal event next week, the company will show off a "smaller and denser" Xbox console, as well as redesigned controllers. That's according to sources speaking with The Verge, who described the new controller design as "flattened."

The "smaller and denser" Xbox console is reportedly the rumored third generation Xbox 360 console that will be "significantly less expensive" than current models. According to Windows blogger Paul Thurrott, this console is codenamed "Stingray."

Details regarding the form factor of the Xbox 720 have not been divulged.

Unlike the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 controller, no images of Xbox 720 controllers have leaked of yet.

In addition, The Verge has heard from sources that Microsoft will release an Xbox 360 dashboard update this summer in preparation for the next-generation Xbox. Part of the update will be a refreshed user interface, complete with smaller Live Tiles, similar to those that will be found in the upcoming Windows 8.1 update.

Another purpose of the update, according to the sources, is to ensure Xbox 360 owners can upgrade to the next Xbox and continue to interact with the friends on the past platform using beacons, achievements, and messaging.

The update is also said to kill off the controversial Microsoft Points system, replacing it with gift card and real-world currency alternatives. This was rumored earlier this week.

The site understands that a public beta for the Xbox 360 update will be available in late June or early July before a full release in August.

A Microsoft representative told GameSpot, "We're excited to share more about the new generation of games, TV, and entertainment on May 21, but have nothing further to share at this time."

Microsoft's Xbox 720 event takes place Tuesday, May 21 at 10 a.m. EDT. GameSpot will have full coverage of the event as it happens.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated the rumored "smaller and denser" Xbox console was the Xbox 720. GameSpot regrets the error.

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857 comments
CraZkid37
CraZkid37

This better not be the "big surprise" concerning the 360 they were talking about. It would be pretty lame.

eyematter
eyematter

When I was a young boy in south west Texas, I made this girl that lived down the street from me eat raw dirt. People just make me so mad. Too many smart mouths, I need to take it out on someone.

sket1234
sket1234

is it going to cost £20 a month for online and must be connected if so i cant work out why in the hell anyone would buy one. 

Tikimotel
Tikimotel

Smaller, denser, Just let it be quiet. I prefer a passive cooling solution to hoover noise worse than the Geforce FX-5800Ultra.

Dangerous231
Dangerous231

i cant wait to but the next xbox first day out hell yeah and i love watching movies on my xbox  best place to watch them

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

I bought the xbox for games, not social entertainment. I have TV's, Androids, DVD, BluRay,  Laptop for many years now. All come with Viera, Scype, Film Entertainment, Replay/Catchup...you name it. All I am looking for is a next gen games console with good quality new games...I am lost in the mists of Avalon, aren't I!

AnimeMarmoset
AnimeMarmoset

I wonder if it will be smaller & more compact or a big giant thing like the first 1 was & built like a tank with customisable face plates and features.

If it don't have any of that well what ever I'd still get 1 bc that's how I am

plut0nash
plut0nash

The only thing i'd want on the new xbox controller are tighter analog sticks. The closer to the original 360 controller they stay the btter imo.

magicalclick
magicalclick

Hope the new controller design still have enough room for me to install that thumb sticks mod. I love the racing mod. I can play so much without losing grip due to my sweaty hands.

I would buy it at 400 bucks for the Pro model. Or even 450 because of inflation. If possible, I hope I can connect it to my Wifi data server. Upgrade HDD is nice, but, that itself takes extra spaces. I hope I have the option to extend my storage using industry standards.

CrouchingWeasel
CrouchingWeasel

Flatter controls? Whats wrong with the current shape? They fits my hands nicely. Ultimately the only thing I really care about is the Always Online issue. Everything else is superfluous. Always Online = PS4 for me.

steelmouth
steelmouth

I for one will be pissed AF if MS waste time talking about the x360 or any of this stupid ish mentioned here, all i want to here about is the xbox3 and exclusive next gen games

keysnsamples
keysnsamples

I went Xbox 360 for the exclusives. Now that Halo, Gears of war, Dead Rising, Saint's Row, and Fable have all been run into the ground and turned into garbage. I have no hope for it.

Unless this new Xbox has new exclusives, PS4 all the way. More pro's than cons.

Mickeyminime
Mickeyminime

smaller, denser, cheesy and more breakable just like before........

punisher70
punisher70

I ve been 100% xbox this time around. The reason behind this is I bought xbox 360 at 350$ with Halo 3 an at the the time Sony was 700$ even though I loved my PS2. But Im going back to Sony. too much Bullsh1t with MS an I miss the controller an all the exclusive games an  NOT PAYING to play games with my friends. I'm going to keep my 360 but going PS4.

pwc2
pwc2

I'm most likely going for the PS4, but not at launch. I believe it's going to remain less restrictive in all matters than the next XBOX. Besides the only 2 things I lreally iked was the ESPN app, and Forza series.

Marky360
Marky360

I'd like it if MS showed off a new Xbox 360 model priced at $99 like Paul Thurrott suggested. I have an original Phat Xbox 360 the 20 GB pro model,and wouldn't mind upgrading to a new system with more memory for a low price.

pmamba45
pmamba45

I'm giving Xbox Infinity one last chance otherwise, adios muchachos.

If (doubtfully) xbox live 360 co-exists with AKA 720, I'm staying 360 until next-gen games make the jump worth it. The deal breaker for me, would be an annual quadrupled xbox live subscription cost which would auto intercept me to PS4. 

brainiac1988
brainiac1988

Wait, this is about the current xbox 360??

Who will give a crap about that, especially during the next gen event?

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

of course i'll be smaller, since they'll take out all the gaming parts.

Mandrew257
Mandrew257

They better include a charger with the controller this time.

lilcurt1978
lilcurt1978

I have one of the original 360 I got the red ring one time and no problems since. I can say this my 360 sounds like a fucking tank lol. It is loud  so I do hope this new one will be quite and I am not concerned about red ring on this mew console. I believe MS learned a big lesson and will insure a quality product is put out. 

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@sket1234 £20 a month? Where did you pluck that number from? Current console is only £40 a year for XBL. About £1 a week.

mystwade
mystwade

@JulyAeon i´m on the same boat as you. I really hope microsoft show me some great exclusives or i´ll be jumping to the PS4 this generation. 

steelmouth
steelmouth

@keysnsamples not to worry they will defininately be some new AAA exclusives every console have its onwn defining game. i think i hope

Sav117
Sav117

@Mickeyminime dont forget...more entertaining! and probably somehow cloud, which means lag if your connection is less than perfect. ohhh and all this at probably a price you wuldnt believe.  im saying this and im an xbox fan :P

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Marky360 Yeah if it is anywhere near $99 I'll die of shock. 

The core 360 without a hard drive was £200 on release. New console, new name (costly in this day and age where 100 people need to be hired to make a single decision!), and new hardware which just on PC grounds is over £100 worth of cards and chips. All designed to fit into a case the size of a console, which if this article is anything to go by is smaller than the 360 or PS3?!?!?! That is small! If you look at a GTX 680 or other desktop GPU they are effin enormous. If they had them redesigned that is more cost.

That means if they had their head about them they will have some major cooling, that will have been designed and made as perfect as possible. 360 was like a jet taking off, not to mention was basically a hoover for all of the dust behind my TV. Didn't dawn on my that it was a problem till I realised I haven't had any dust around my xbox for 3 years. Where is it all going......OH SHIT!

Yeah $99? So about the cost of two games? Never going to happen. There may be cheaper models but if they are cheaper than the 360 then my head is going to explode.

brainiac1988
brainiac1988

@pmamba45 I think I'll better go with PS4. Im expecting a shitload of games just like the PS2 era.

ShimmeringSword
ShimmeringSword

@brainiac1988 The Wii U is out but the original Wii is still moving more units. Especially if there are compatibility issues between 360 games and 720 consoles, a cheaper 3rd gen 360 is a good idea.

cheese232323
cheese232323

@Mandrew257 i agree! i should have realized upon unpacking my 360 that it would only be the first of many disappointments

Sav117
Sav117

@Mandrew257 I never understood why every other tech around didnt require me to go and buy batteries and im sitting there with an xbox 360 with AA batteries in the controller. 

CrouchingWeasel
CrouchingWeasel

@lilcurt1978  

I was thinking about this last night as my white 360 shook the house whilst playing the new Metro. Sounds like I have a fucking helicopter trying to take off in my living room. If Sony can release a whisper quiet console why did Microsoft find it so hard to do so?

sket1234
sket1234

@sladakrobot @sket1234 

If people paid more attention to the details by a lot of well known developers have specified so. i have friends who work for Crytek and Activision and both have said the same. it is meant to around $20 a month for xbox live and streaming services. I think i will stick with a playstation 4 free online better service if anything goes wrong. If Microsoft make the same mistakes they made with the 360 it will be a white wash. most of my friends bought xbox360 near release all had more than 1 fail and all now own ps3's. Sorry Microsoft feel you lost already.  Just My Opinion LOL

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

@mystwade @JulyAeon that is exactly why I already spend my money on a nice little gaming pc. great exclusives from microsoft have eluded me for a very long time, their sales have been extremely dire compared to the likes of steam and buying cd's on amazon when games are a little older. i must admit i have been toying with the idea of the ps4, but for the time being i will be very careful and watch what will come out to light when all the new gadgets are actually on the market, hopefully with some good games.

pmamba45
pmamba45

@brainiac1988 @pmamba45 

I too believe PS4 exclusives will infinitely kick next xbox. MS has eased up lately on it for other things which poses a major future setback.

keysnsamples
keysnsamples

@ShimmeringSword @brainiac1988 


The Wii U is garbage. They had no good launch titles, which created no sales. Which makes developers not want to make games for it. Thus creating an endless circle of fail.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@cheese232323 I am curious...do you guys have no battery recharger at home?
I had already a recharger for all the batteries i need for my remote controlls(2 TV'S,1 DVD player,Laserdisc player) and my two clocks
And if the battery in the PS3 dies,you have to buy a new pad...the X360 needs only 2 batteries and if they a rechargable you dont have to buy others for years.
I have 4 batteries where 2 of them are always recharged and ready.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@CrouchingWeasel Because 99% of PS3 games want to be installed,or at least a good part of it.
Yes,the X360 is loud if you play the game from the disc...install it and you hear only the fan.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@sket1234 Since when do Microsoft inform developers about the prices of XBL?
Your friends know nothing.
If you paid more attention you could read ,rumor has it, its about 10$ per month for a subscription based cheaper model.
And have you mentioned how noone is crying about the "always online rumor" since few weeks?

Saithan
Saithan

@sket1234 @sladakrobot In the Netherlands I pay €3,50 a month at the moment. I can't believe prices would go up that much???

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@cheese232323 I changed it in the last sec into guys lol thx :)
Yes,the battery in the PS3 lasts longer:
I personally use 2100 mAh batteries for my pad because a friend of mine told me not to get the recharger pack.
This is where MS did a mediocre product,the recharger pack is not worth the money.

cheese232323
cheese232323

@sladakrobot gays? lol. no i dont have one. its something ive needed to get for a while. and yes i understand the logic of doing it that way, but the type of battery in a ps3 controller is lithium ion, its a lot better battery than the nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries. but maybe they have come up in quality since then?