Microsoft had a meeting recently with investors about their next-gen console and a few details have leaked from the meeting.
Most are expecting the official introduction of the console to take place at or around E3, though Microsoft has made no announcement about this. According to a source that has had hands on-on time with the new X-Box prototype and security is tight around the project. What the source could leak, offered a handful of technical details, if accurate:
- While no confirmation on an announcement date, E3 will be “Party Central” in the Xbox booth
- The new ’720′ will have 3x the processing speed of the current 360
- No hard release date but it looks like Holiday 2013
- 2 launch versions. 320 GB Arcade / 500 GB Pro. Exact pricing is unknown
- 1 TB HDD available as a separate purchase
- It will not include Blu-Ray
- No picture was available as prototype consoles are packaged in a 360 slim case to “avoid complications” about the design until announcement
- Tech Specs; AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, Direct3d 11.x 800MHz GPU, and 8GB of DDR3 RAM
- Xbox Smartglass is still a feature in use
- No word on Kinect 2.0
- No word on “Immersive” technology being implemented
It is a bit disappointed if the "3x processing speed" turns out to be true, as that is not very impressive for a console replacing a piece of hardware that's a decade old and is supposed to be ready 'for the future'.
Also, no information about the look of the console, no focus in the "share" type features that the PS4 is offering, and a no on BluRay tech (though it would be surprising for them not to at this point, so I wonder if this is accurate).
One feature they have demo'd previously that many fans are hoping will make it into the '720' is the "IllumaRoom" technology. Using a projection to spread the atmosphere of your game out into your whole room while you play. Here's a short video from Microsoft about the tech:
More information should start coming out the closer we get to E3, but it will be interesting to see what XBox can offer fans vs. the PS4. This time around the consoles are closer in hardware design than ever and developers will have no problem making games built equally well for eithe platform. It's going to come down to what software and user experience the consoles offer for the next generation.
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