Xbox 360 Slim (not) spotted in the wild

Dutch site Game Kings touts photos of rumored downsized model of Microsoft's console…but is in fact the long-dead HD DVD peripheral.

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Source: Dutch site Game Kings.

What we heard: Two weeks after rumors of an Xbox 360 slim surfaced on a Chinese message board, Dutch site Game Kings is touting what it claims are photos of the device, reportedly code-named "Napoleon" after the diminutive French emperor.

Hey, it's (not) the Xbox 360 Slim!

The unconfirmed and very much unofficial photos show a flat model about 60 percent of the area of the full-sized Xbox 360, which launched in November 2005. Since no sidelong photos are presented, it's unclear what the thickness of the device is, although it appears to not have the detachable faceplate of its elder sibling or a place to attach the external hard drive. Curiously, there are also no head-on shots of the device.

Remember this?

There's a reason for that. The device pictured is none other than the discontinued Xbox 360 HD DVD player. Microsoft had given the now-dead format lukewarm support via an optional peripheral versus the PlayStation 3's internal Blu-ray player. The high-definition format was locked in a life-or-death struggle with Blu-ray until January 2008, when Warner Bros. opted to support the latter exclusively. Mega-retailer Wal-Mart soon followed suit, with format creator Toshiba finally pulling the plug on HD DVD in February of that year.

The official story: Microsoft reps had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus. Apparently April Fools' Day falls on March 30 in Holland.

Discussion

242 comments
yosuke_hitomi
yosuke_hitomi

360 slim ? they should think about the heat problem/RROD first before launch it,though its not sure anyway

Dreski83
Dreski83

A slim 360 is a nice thought none the less... unfortunately, I'm still griping about the vacuum cleaner sounds that come from mine... anyone else looking for quieter 360's??

Bufta
Bufta

What if i cant remove the duct tape mommy.......

sina69
sina69

It's only a rumor.nothing else:).

Alex_09
Alex_09

@THVVW A guy from the netherlands once said the exact opposite to me, but I do agree with you.

blakeney
blakeney

And as for this being a april fools joke...... typical of the dutch to want to be ahead of the game, by making it BEFORE april fools day.... grats to all you efficiant dutch, once again you conquer the world and paint it orange...........:p Offically the worst april fools day joke, purly for not even being on april the first? aka it was just another internet lie!...

blakeney
blakeney

"Dynamo11 I still have my HD DVD drive brand new unopened..... nice collector's item me feels!" I really dont know why people are thumbing this down, its compleatly true..... in 60years time, when antiques things like limited edition xboxs and official white ps2's, the 360 HD DVD drive has huge potential!? Im guessing the majority will end up either binned, or at the carboot sale unboxed........... But still, you guys keep your attitudes, me and the likes of Dynamo11 get more value added the more idiots bin this stuff;)

ash2197
ash2197

stop whining about the RRoD it only happens when it overheats, and it wont overheat if your careful

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

I'll explain to every fanboy why the Xbox 360 is better then the PS3. 360! Thats a much higher number then lets say ummm.....3!

W3En
W3En

Maybe they should fix some of the RRoD issues instead of make a smaller console. It better be filled with fans because my 360 heats up like crazy and I rarely play it

cyclonebw
cyclonebw

When I use to have a Xbox 360 it broke twice. Now my brother got one and it has gotten RROD 3 times in 2 years.

CFritzRun
CFritzRun

@FMX_GAMER That's the board that is in the 360 drives, not a slimmed down motherboard.

sabas10
sabas10

@THVVW Yeah, it's the Netherlands. And April Fools Day falls on 1 April, not 30 March. We just call it 1 April.

AceCometh
AceCometh

Officially debunked as an April Fools Day gag.

guertt
guertt

I have a 360 running everyday since 2006 and only one rrod happen to me.

FMX_Gamer
FMX_Gamer

I still think there is a x360 slim coz when i googled the image of the xbox hd-dvd motherboard it looked different, just say'n.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

I still have my HD DVD drive brand new unopened..... nice collector's item me feels!

THVVW
THVVW

It's the Netherlands, not Holland.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

As I've said before, I've never had any of these problems that people keep saying "plague" the 360. I personally think that some people are exaggerating the issue due to the frustrations they are faced with when dealing with these technical issues. Neither have I heard of anyone that I know that owns a 360 having any of these problems. Maybe for the 1st generation 360s, but honestly, how many of those are left? MS tried to make a budget system and had a few hurdles to cross, I personally commend them for trying to make a cheap system that appeals to the everyman and not a "premium" system that does everything but do your laundry. Although I do also own a PS3, I get tired of reading all these overly negative posts about the 360 when it's software is still the better seller out of the two. The PS3 isn't bad, the overall package just isn't as good.

supadave841
supadave841

great. if this were true, it would upgrade from piece of crap to fragile piece of crap.

zidan4000
zidan4000

it was unbelievable anyways because the X360 in it's current shape is still suffering from RRoD,E74 and disc scratching problems and the main cause of these problems is lousy design , basically the normal X360 is slimmer than it should and the technology used in it was not made for the X360 current case shape.

sgtmichael
sgtmichael

Haha we Dutch peeps laughed our asses off, that peeps actually fell for the joke. The Gamekings posted a vid, about how the whole world fell for it. Best 1 April joke evah!

Auction_Sniper
Auction_Sniper

How cute, it would be funny to have a 360 console that mirrors the HDDVD drive :)

UnknownForm
UnknownForm

I almost got fooled by that picture...thanks Gamespot for pointing out that the pictures fake...

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

No, April Fool's Day falls on April 1st in Holland just like it does everywhere in the world. I'm in favour of a Universal Time Zone to be honest, because after all once we head into outerspace and start visiting other planets, earth time will no longer be accurate or reliable!

MetallicFPSNut
MetallicFPSNut

LOL @ every Microsoft idiot who thought you would be treated the same way as the Sony nuts of the world.

maverick_76
maverick_76

How did this turn into a console war exactly?

StudySession
StudySession

Slim or no slim I will stick with my 360 elite thanks very much.

Zero9698
Zero9698

there will a 360 bcuz (xbox had dat same model 4 5yrs dis not a reson just pointing out) sony denied psp go and ps3 slim and they were real and when it was on rumor control lots were skeptical but i knew it was real anyway dis is real and 360 will anounce dis at E3 dis year btw i hate fanboys they always ****sucking a system when will they realize that systems have advatages and disadvantages

ps3freek
ps3freek

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FMX_Gamer
FMX_Gamer

Its April fools, the slim is real !!!

XanderZane
XanderZane

All 3 systems have great games. I agree, this story probably wasn't necessary especially since Gamespot already debunked it as being bogus. With the leak of the PS3 Slim, it was still a mystery. Sony was the one who said the images were fake and there was no PS3 Slim. Of course we all know that Sony is one of the best at lying, so when we saw the PS3 Slim at the E3, no one was surprised.

jokethis21
jokethis21

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steelmouth
steelmouth

i was looking forward to the slim and am hang on to that hope until E3 i got a feeling ms will announce something big

vader501st
vader501st

"Source: Dutch site Game Kings." More like DOUCHE site Game Kings.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

@ jtthegame316...so you're saying size doesn't matter? ;p

boypho2000
boypho2000

What's with all the comments? Fanboy wars?

Serentor
Serentor

@XanderZane i didnt mean you are a fanboy, i ment he is.

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

I like how XBOX fan boys always try to make fun of the PlayStation But most got a hard-on when they heard about a 360-slim which would be a copy of the PS3 slim Sorry XBOX fans just like ME we have to put up with the loud motor boat sooner or later overheating RROD system

XanderZane
XanderZane

Serentor @XanderZane Sounds pretty fanboy to me. ********************************************************* I own all 3 systems and yes I'm a fanboy of all 3 systems. I'm just tired of people bashing the 360 without doing some research first. Muzza93 is obviously a fanboy. I doubt he owns a Wii or XBox 360. I completely agree with Monson21502. Sony also created the PS3 Slim because they could sell it at a cheaper more competitive price. If they continued to sell the older PS3, they wouldn't have been able to get the price down to $299 until late 2011. By restructoring the PS3, into the Slim model, they can now sell it at a price closer to the Wii and 360. Microsoft will do the same thing. Only difference is they will bundle the Natal in with the 360 Slim and still sell it for about $299. Sony might bundle their Move too though, but we'll see.

ele975
ele975

@XanderZane You display a classic attitude of a fanboy.

monson21502
monson21502

@Shadow_Dog, if it was for the ps3 slim i wouldnt have bought another ps3 after my 60 gig died. i would say the only reason ms is releasing a slim now is because its the best and only way to get rid of its current system failures.rrod/e74. i also think thats one of the reasons sony went with the slim. because of the ylod and the outter case gathered dust so quikly.

Serentor
Serentor

@XanderZane Sounds pretty fanboy to me.

XanderZane
XanderZane

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