Steve Ballmer was recently at conference in the University Of Washington and it appears he accidently leaked out some information we probably weren’t meant to hear about some possible new form factors for the Xbox 360. In a transcript of the subsequent Q&A session, Steve is shown to have delivered the following statement on the topic of large-screen televisions and Microsoft’s related hardware strategy:
For that big screen device … there’s no diversity. You get exactly the Xboxes that we build for you. We may have more form factors in the future that are designed for various price points and options, but we think it’s going to [be] important.
We can almost certainly assume that the new form factors will be a smaller chassis for the large 360 console, much like what Sony have done with the Playstation. I wouldn’t expect to see a whole new model from Microsoft for a while as game consoles tend to have an approx 10 year life cycle.
We may however see an Xbox form factor with Project Natal built into it which would be pretty cool