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Because we’re all curtain-twitchers who love a good bit of gossip to help us through our day, here’s one for you: Microsoft are planning to launch Project Natal next year.

Just what shape the technology will supposedly take is so far unclear, although it is possible that Natal will be built into a brand new version of the Xbox 360.

According to Digitimes, the rights have already gone out to Aptina to supply 1.3-megapixel CMOS image sensors (CIS) for a new version of the Xbox 360 console under Microsoft’s Project Natal technology. What’s more, according to their “industry sources” in Taiwan, shipments of the new Xbox 360 are slated for the second half of 2010.

“one of the world’s leading imaging-solutions company; providing CMOS image sensors, image processors and peerless technical and business acumen to customers around the globe.” (Aptina official website)

Just how reliable the source is remains unclear – Digitimes did kind of predict that Lite-On would be manufacturing internal Blu-ray drives for the 360 in 2008 – so let’s take this one with a pinch of salt, shall we?

I’m sure our wallets would breath a collective sign of relief if we did, anyway.

Source: Digitimes

  1. If this is the case, hopefully there will be some form of adaptor for the current console!

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