“The future of Xbox and gaming”
After successfully shifting 750,000 Xbox 360’s over the thanksgiving weekend, Microsoft now have their sights firmly set on 2013 with leaked information claiming that the Xbox 720 will be out by Christmas 2013.
The Xbox 720 rumours have been going on for a few years but after the dismal launch of Windows 8 and a dwindling market share, many commentators expect that Microsoft will be abandoning its previously stated ten-year focus on their console.
So if Microsoft is looking to make a splash, what can we expect for the future of gaming and the Xbox?
HDD vs Blu-Ray
Rumour has it that Xbox developers have been meeting to discuss what format the latest console will use. Blu-Ray is undoubtedly the favoured physical format of the moment, popularised by its Developers Sony on their next gen console the PS3.
There are murmurs that the Xbox 720 may have no physical disks whatsoever, instead opting for games to be downloaded over the internet. This would be a huge move in the console world, but at the risk of isolating consumers in countries where internet infrastructure is far from stable enough to allow this, it seems unlikely.
The soon to be defunct Xbox World magazine wrote an insightful piece into the future of Xbox controllers. The article hinted that the new Xbox controllers would feature an inbuilt touch screen for added media centre functionality. These rumours seem plausible, however it brings the question – how much are consumers willing to pay for a touch screen controller. Hopefully consumers won’t have to sell xbox 360 consoles to be able to afford them!
Kinect has played a huge role in keeping the Xbox 360 in the market. The technology works astoundingly well yet many suspect that a new version of Kinect will be featured alongside the launch of the new Xbox console. Rumour has it that the new version will be good enough to be able to lip read, putting Microsoft’s new machine at the absolute vanguard of gaming technology.
The hardware to be featured on the next generation console is yet to be known but according to leaked images, will feature NVidia GFX. Hector Martin, an internet hacker also released information that the 720 would be fitted with a 1.6GHz processor. Whilst to some this may sound shockingly slow, processor speed isn’t the real deciding factor when it comes to performance. Only when we know the full setup will we be able to fully assess the console’s credentials.
The Xbox 720 is still a long way from release, with no announcements from game developers about possible game titles either. Microsoft are definitely keeping their cards tight to their chest but we can assume that the next console will be nothing short of breath-taking.
But will it be in your stocking this time next year?
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