Natal was a huge announcement for Microsoft at E3. So big, they stated it would be like the launch of the Xbox 360. Well, maybe that was misstated, because 1up states that it will be a new console. It’s all a rumor for now, but they claim it won’t be a re-release of the 360, but a new platform with the Natal camera included inside the package.
However, they stated there is no guarantee this is new hardware or if the configuration will simply change and be slapped with a new name. The whole thing is very confusing, but it boils down this this:
Make no mistake, we wouldn’t be talking about the sort of hardware leap we’ve seen with Xbox (or most other) platforms in the past, and we’re not talking about Microsoft ending one console cycle and starting another. We’re talking about an evolution of the Xbox 360; similar hardware but upgraded, repackaged, and rebranded.
Take that for what you will.