XBox Revamped for E3

There are, apparently, quite a few rumours that Microsoft are currently working on changes to XBox, changes which may be announced at this years E3 show in May. Details of what changes exactly may be implemented however, are vague with rumours turning into opinions. Each person submits their own wishlist of changes, whenever asked about them, for what is, after all, the most loved/hated console out there.

The more likely of those, opinions, have to do with the uncomfortable bulk of the console. XBox is fast gaining a reputation as the ugliest and possibly the most uncomfortable of the next generation consoles, complaints range from, it won't fit anywhere, to those gamepads were made for freaks.
A reduction to XBox's overall size is the most likely and obvious change but it will require a redesigning of the console's components, something which is unlikely to come cheap for MS. Another possible change, is the flatenning of the top so that XBox may be stacked, as part of a multimedia system. Other changes may be less obvious and may have to do with the current Linux attempts or ModChips that are available. Any new version, it is almost certain, will come with XBox Live software preinstalled.

The release of a redesigned XBox will, at first glance, seem a not so prudent move by a company that is losing a considerable sum of money on every unit sold. It will also seem unlikely that a company that is so deep inside its hype over the unprecedented commercial success of its unit, will wish to offer a revamped version therefore shifting sales momentum from its current product.
If Microsoft do decide to go ahead with a revamping of their console, some other forces may be at work. Obviously any change will be hailed as evidence of MS's continuing commitment to improve XBox, the real story behind it however, may have to do with other less apparent reasons. Internal changes which will attempt to secure the console against hacking attempts or even privacy and security issues arising from the use of XBox Live, may well be reasons forcing a revamp. As is the possibility of the need to implement new media licensing procedures since services from Microsoft are expected to soon be made available to subscribers.

Whatever the changes Microsoft may already have in mind, let's use this opportunity to let them know what we would like to see changed in any revision of the console. Feel free to use the comments section of this story in order to inform MS of what changes you believe would make your XBox gaming experience, Unforgetable.

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XBox Revamped for E3

Can't you fanboys just shut up? I'd like to see a constructive discussion just for once.My wishes: Slimmer design (without redesigning the internal components, of course) and BETTER JOYPADS!Peace!Vision Thing

XBox Revamped for E3

a redesign would be nice for the xbox, something that doesn't seem so fragile. and easier to pick up when taking places. just overall more portable, and something that will fit into a carrying case that will hhold it, it's wires at least 4 games and 4 controllers, and not the small ones, 4 big controllers. . . . and maybe a trade in option for existing xboxs if it does get redesigned, that would be sweet

XBox Revamped for E3

They should reduce the controller size. If they can make the XBOX a little cooler style like when they power it on there's 1 or 2 xbox lights that come out and make cooler games.I bought a PS2 i din't even look at xbox...PS2 rocks

XBox Revamped for E3

I hope Microsoft just scrap the Xbox. They get 1 or 2 great games (Halo - Splintercell) and is now considered "For the month of February 2003, There's no power greater than X." Forget about it.For the whole Xbox VS GameCube, just buy a PS2 and everyone is happy. But I really hope Microsoft just scrapo the machine, or make it a lot smaller.

XBox Revamped for E3

I think that the xbox being revamped is somewhat pointless because the simple act of making it smaller, or lighter, does not make it a better console. What makes a system a better console is making it more enjoyable to play video games on. If they do put in a free xbox live kit inside the system than that is definately better, but even without that i think that the xbox is the best because Microsoft is #2 and they want to be #1, and are going to great lengths and great expenses on their part to make it the best, which can only be a good thing for the consumer.

XBox Revamped for E3

making the hardware better doesn't make it a better experience, i have to agree with Mr. Poop on that one. the only thing a new shell will do is make it prettier...which really isn't the point of revamping anyway, but it would be a good idea to make it a bit smaller than a football field =D anyway, i think the controllers could use some tweakin, and i think everyone would agree on that. internal parts seem to be well in place...just get better games for the system! AAAH! halo and splinter cell in like the lifespan of the x-box!!! that's pretty shabby. hope this was informative to someone

XBox Revamped for E3

GCN = crapxbox is alright just too chunky and only a few good games...PS2 = rulez!!! Great console, great games. Can't ask for anything more.PC = the best but everyone knows that... for obvious reasons not for everyone though...That's about all that needs to be said :P

XBox Revamped for E3

I don't understand... I just can't get over it... for one thing ps2 sucks, lets just get that straight, it is by far the least powerfull of the 3 consoles!! hey dudes, its the FACTS so get over it. x-box is cool u guys r just sad cause the ps2 is freaken going out of date already!! pc owns ps2 by far for gta3 and everything else. actually pc is the best.. but x-box is the best console!! it doens't matter the size!! it is the results!I HATE PS2 FAGS!!

XBox Revamped for E3

Xbox has an ugly design. Oh wait....any product made by the American are always big. Big cars, Big mac, Big sport player & just about everything thing in America are made to be big because 1/3 of the population are big & fat people. No wonder it was design for the fat ass American.

XBox Revamped for E3

Listen dudes, I don't care if you like PS2 or Gamecube or XBox, this thread is what points should be revamed for the new revision! Can't you just shut up for this single thread? Do you really think people will think "Oh I see, Aol-John9024433 thinks PS2 is better - I should get one"?And of course a PC is best for games, but it is comfortable with a console especially when they cost as much as a graphics card for the PC! The games are also free after a one time investment in a mod chip...(Note that I don't own a console myself)Vision Thing

XBox Revamped for E3

looool just make it work because if 4 that amont of money it dosnt work..... Oh and a 128 bit processer would be welcome... and a little less weight because its a little heavy... well thanks allot

XBox Revamped for E3

XBox is too big, if they make it smaller it will be more attractive, it worked for playstation and should work for Xbox, i still wont buy 1 tho. i have a ps2 pc anf gc and a gba and they alre all better than xbox.

XBox Revamped for E3

Have you ever opened up an XBOX?? If so you would know they cannot make it any smaller... It is the right size for the components inside which means It cannot be made anysmaller than it already isXBOX is fer growen ups So why dont al you kiddys go whinge to ya mothers

XBox Revamped for E3

X Box owns the GC and PS2 - in terms of each one having the chance to be dropped onto its competitor from about 6 feet high. Due to the X Box's bulk, it would "OWN" the GC and PS2. THe X Box "Owns" in having the most PC ports. THe X Box "OWNS" in being the most powerfulest machine.What X Box DOES NOT "Own" is the second place ranking in the world. The humble Nintendo Gamecube owns that position - with a 2-3 million lead in terms of consoles sold. Sorry X Box fanboys - but uill have 2 be more specific in which areas the X Box "owns" its competitors.A smaller X Box would be nice - but i dont think its the ugliest of the 3 consoles - that goes 2 PS2 for its demented engineering.The Controllers arnt as bad as people say it is. FPS are good on it (compared to the poorly placed analogue sticks of the PS2 - well in my opinion), but the buttons are placed poorly i suppose. But the Controller S is quite good.Why do the console forums attract so many PC fanboys. Whats their problem? Go and play their PC games instyead of wasting their time ranting about how good it is. IF it were sooooo good, then why hasnt it won many Game Of The Years? With consoles leading in the past 5 or so years. COnsoles generate WAY more revenue for publishers than PCs, and also why is M$ abandoning its enthusiam of the PC market and throwin 500 million bux away just 2 get marketshare in the console market - since its more lucrative and more promising. The reign of PCs is faltering, and more people are turning to consoles (and PCs as well I presume)

XBox Revamped for E3

the xbox needs to have a better range of games. as for the size... people should deal with it... the idea of flattening the top to make it able to have things ontop of it would be a really good idea, as would the controllers being redesigned. but it seems all the xbox needs to be a really awesome game console is some more really breathtaking games like splintercell, halo-halo2, bloodrayne... make more awesome games... especially ones that cater for nice multiplayer too :p

XBox Revamped for E3

I have a few suggestions.The first is to give up on making games consoles and make a PC, oh damn it is one!The second is to bundle it with a blow up bin so you can chuck it in there when u get it home and find out its pants!!The third is to make it into a cube and stick 'nintendo' and ATI stickers on it, or make it into a oblong and stick sony stickers on it!!!Lastly i think i would suggest that it should aim more at its own market, i.e flight sims etc. Oh and the pads are just crap!!!!!

XBox Revamped for E3

X-BOX is a good system. All consoles serve a purpose. They are all good. It's whatever you perfer. The PS2 is the only one lacking in terms of Hardware power. All cross Platform games look better on the X-BOX and Game-Cube. The plus for PS2 is it's large libary of games because it has been out longer. However, saying that, it does not mean the games are of high quality.......

XBox Revamped for E3

This really sucks i just got the system over christmas and i have rented hundreds of games and have lots of music and saves on it.But if they release a revamp version will i have to get hundreds of memory cards to transfer my files over to the new system (if i for no reason go and buy it).what about the cooling system that's why it's big in the first place it's like having a p4 3ghz overclocked to a 3.5 and only having an old 486 cooling fan on it.the cooling is so great compaired to the ps2 because i can barely hear the fans spinning up instead of it sounding like a car with 50 turbo's on it.in the end keep it the same it's good the way it is and with a entertainment system you'r supposed to put them on shelves not on each other unless you want to replace it every couple of months because of overheat.

XBox Revamped for E3

They should make it smaller and lighter. If they can keep the same compnents inside that would be a bonus for them. However, it will cost them more money to do that. They are already losing over $100 per console sold. If they stream-line it, that figure would rise even more.

XBox Revamped for E3

The XBox is awesome just how it is. Why do you people need a small machine that's "pretty" and small enough to stack things on? Just get a real entertainment center and find a spot for it on a shelf. Or put it on top of something else. What a bunch of whiners. It looks fine. How much smaller is the coveted (old) PS2. They are not that much different. An inch or two taller, maybe. Big deal.If any revamps, they should include an XBox live kit, but that would mean more losses, since they make a lot of money selling those separately. So not likely. Well, how about including an option to make DVD's playable without having to buy the DVD controller? You should be able to use the game pad if you want to play DVD's. (I know, more accessory profits.) Also, they could include pre-loaded software that allows you to play XVid or DivX .AVI's. Especially with it's built in 5.1 dolby digtial sound, this box has a lot more potential than they are currently getting out of it. Of course, you'd probably need the special cable for the 5.1. (more accessory profits.) Everyone thinks they're loosing money on the consoles, which may be true, but where are the real profits? In the accessories.The new controller S is better than their original. The design is good. Too many people want an exact PS2 controller style for it. Why? The XBox is similar, but has the pressure sensitive buttons that could be used for interesting things, which ps2 lacks. It also has trigger style top buttons which are more comfortable than the L and R buttons. It's a much better design all the way around.All in all, the XBox is the better of the 3 systems, and they have plenty of games, especially for the amount of time it's been around. Doesn't anybody remember when the PS2 didn't have that many games available? Same story folks. Who cares if they are exclusive titles? If I can play them on my XBox with better graphics than any other system (excluding PC) then who cares if som

XBox Revamped for E3

Who cares if they are exclusive titles? If I can play them on my XBox with better graphics than any other system (excluding PC) then who cares if some other system is releasing a less impressive copy of the same game?Make mine XBox! 'Nuf said.

XBox Revamped for E3

I wish you guys would stick to the related message thread and stop comparing the xbox, Game cube and ps2.This is related to the Xbox if u idiots cant read, If you don't like the xbox, then Get the F**K out of here and go play with your crappy consoles !!!!

XBox Revamped for E3

Hell can everyone please just cut the " console war " crap. I own Ps2 and Xbox ... like someone said before .. they each have diffrent uses. Ps2 for all the fun games and xbox for the visual candy games .. yes xbox has limited games but damnit they only started .. geez give them a brake ... give it another year and if it then ahsnt been up to date then go around screaming " bah bah bah ps2 owenz blah blah blah" .. as far as Im concerened I dont really have a problem with the Xbox at all .. the controlor rocks and the size? who cares its a system that rocks anyway I know my english is poor so STFu about it

XBox Revamped for E3

WHAT THE...YOU ARE ALL FOOLS WHAT DO YOU CARE HOW HEAVY THE XBOX IS, YOUR NOT LIFTING IT WHEN YOUR PLAYING THE GAMES AND THAT'S WHAT ITS FOR PLAYING GAMES NOT LIFTING. AND YOU CAN'T COMPARE THE GRAPHICS FROM THE XBOX TO ANY OTHER GAME CONSOLE, THE XBOX HAS 10X BETTER GRAPHICS. AND FOR THE CONTROLLERS, THEY WERE MAD FOR MEN NOT KIDS. AND I HAVE AN XBOX, PS2, AND A PC. COMPLAIING ON HOW HEAVY IT IS, ONCE AGAIN IT WAS MADE FOR MEN NOT KIDS. SO IF YOUR A MAN COMPLAINING ON HOW HEAVY OR HOW BIG THE CONTROLLERS ARE GO AND ASK YOU GIRLFRIENDS FOR YOUR BALLS BACK!!!!

XBox Revamped for E3

Try to fit Xbox inside a microwave. It doesn't fit. Why because American sux in designing. They sux in building cars & they sux in making electronics. So give it up. I rather buy japanese product than American product. American can kiss my ass.

XBox Revamped for E3

UGLY DESIGN!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY WOULD ANYONE BUY A COPYCAT 3DO DESIGN. NO WONDER AMERICAN ARE AS STUPID AS THEY LOOK. THEY GO WITH GOOD GRAPHICS. THEY HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE THINGS SMALLER THAN IT IS. THIS IS WHY M$ IS SELLING CRAP STUFF TO EVEYONE. THEY ARE SELLING 1990'S TECHNOLOGY. LOLZ.....

XBox Revamped for E3

hey dere anonymous punk, yous abreviation fo's sux is pretty annoying, like perhaps you can sux on my pale white nutsacks, or perhaps you should keep your fat mouth shut because you sux. Oh by the way city boys, that there X majigger is bulky like a side order of hog and chittlines whooooooooooooweeeeeeeee! They slip over ma's plates like buttered up corn bread.

XBox Revamped for E3

People brag about the xbox being more powerful than the Ps2, but that trully means nothing. It has all that "power" to do the exact same thing as the ps2 or gc, play games. The ps2 is a good step above the psx in graphics and other areas. The xbox versions of cross platform games look a bit better but what is the real difference. It's not like the graphics of other systems make the games grossly unplayable. The only real thing I'd consider an advantage the xbox has is the built-in 8Gb hard-drive.Because of it's weight and bulk you can't leave the house with the thing, and i for one occasionally take my console's other places, ie, friends houses. the xbox is a wannabe pc that does less, and you have a slim selection of "good" games to even do that. Ps2 much better game selection and not as bulky.

XBox Revamped for E3

You people amaze me. Quit your damn whining, enjoy your systems that you own, and stop flaming. So you hate the X-Box, So you hate the PS2, so you hate the GameCube...whatever. Majority of you are 10 years old, don't have a life..cant even pop a wood yet (aside from are female gamers) and think your big and bad cause you cuss. Get your damn priorities straight, enjoy the systems you have, enjoy the games you have available to you. If you dont own another system, then you have no place to be talking. X-box has shitty games, Ps2 has shitty graphics, GameCube is too kiddy. Whatever you guys find the most lame ass shit to complain about. (Well Nintendo does need to mature a bit). I own an X-Box, I do not own a PS2 nor a GameCube. Nor do I flame those systems. I enjoy the PS2 and it's large library, and the GameCube has like only 2 games I like. Even still I don't go around talking trash like I'm some hardass. So for all you immature little punks, quit yer damn bitchin. Enjoy your systems and your games, and leave the others alone, none of your damn business anyways.

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