A two-year old set of documents claiming to list what Microsoft has in store for Xbox 720 – yes, that is what it’s called in the graphs – has been plastered all over the internet.
View all of this with a healthy does of skepticism.
We’ll start off with what is plausible considering the direction Microsoft is going with Xbox, which is to turn it into an entertainment system for the home that does everything.
The list of goodies supposedly coming with the system include the long rumored, sort-of-confirmed-but-not, Xbox TV. Slated for Holiday 2012 with full support launching with the next Xbox in 2013, XTV will also work on smartphones and PC.
According to these leaky leaks, by 2015 the console will have “Xbox experiences served up form the cloud. Instantly on any screen,” allow consumers to record shows to watch on any other connected device in the house, stream media, start and play Xbox games on the console and then continue from other phones and PCs with RemoteFX tech. This will allow players to take their game on the go – sounds bit like SmartGlass there.
The documents note the next Xbox will support 3D via Kinect 3D Glasses – codenamed Fortaleza (like Kinect before it – aka Natal- named after a town in Brazil). This will be implemented in 2014 with WiFi and by 2015 the system will make use of 4G.
Kinect 2.0 will come out in 2013 with improved tracking, dedicated processing, and with better play space and HD.
Xbox 720 will also supposedly be “six times as powerful” as Xbox 360 with the possibility of a Blu-ray optical drive for 1080p and 3D, and contain “always online” tech.
All this for $299 plus its Kinect 2.0 sensor and slated for 2013.
If you look through the presentation papers, you’ll note MS lists OnLive as an possible “acquisition target,” and notes it expects Sony’s next console to incorporate GoogleTV in some capacity. It also lists the rumored price point of “Wii 2” as around the $249 mark.
All interesting concepts.
As with the supposed spec sheet listing the technical prowess of the unannounced PS4, we call BS on the majority of this. Especially when you look over the presentation. In our opinion MS should have used much better visual aids, if this is in fact legitimate.
Thanks for the heads up: Anders, Moonwalker 1982