Just found this bit of creative writing that made me smile:
'What you are about to read is something that should be announced in the upcoming months, maybe the plans can change at the last minute, but it is quite likely that everything happens. You don't have to believe if you do not want.
The question is: what Microsoft is hiding in the "EDD"?
Yes, I'm talking about the "Entertainment and Devices Division", especially related to the Xbox brand.
Again I warn, you don't have to believe if you do not want to, feel free to call me crazy, but if you have an open mind ... welcome!
For starters, why this kind of information don't leak easy? Simple, because Microsoft just want that game developers to make games, they do not need precise details about the business. They need the tools of development and only a few details about the business.
What would this Secret Sauce of Durango?
Microsoft will abandon the XBOX hardware manufacturing and open to third parties. Yes, like Windows, or Android and Steam Box, but not for everyone, only for some OEMs that reach a level of quality.
Now, Microsoft is working with AMD and NVIDIA to define minimum specifications your system. They want to reach all kinds of gamers, from the most casual interested only in cheap machines up to the most demanding enthusiasts.
The games should run the same happens on the PC, from low to max settings. The better the spec, more expensive and better performance.
Every year we will have new models, providing improvements in games that should renew people's interest in hardware, while the old models suffer price cuts. With cable TV companies subsidizing the Hardware, you will be able to get an XBOX for a very cheap price, every year the best model is your! You can simple transfer save games and downloading again in the cloud!
I can't tell you exactly which companies to manufacture the XBOX at the time could only ensure the Samsung. In the future, Microsoft want to shrink the SoC for setting into TVs or other devices.
And now the best, Microsoft will be able to dominate the living room and expand to the whole House? Yes, something big will come in the future!
It's hard to explain, would be something like "xbox slaves", without the main capabilities of games, only for Apps, too small, cheap and with a simple version of Kinect.That is why the Kinect is mandatory, is to encourage the creation of Apps! These slaves can be spread through the House, connect and form a home network. Metro UI works perfectly with various interfaces, can be only Kinect, can be touchscreen and be combined with the illumiroom. Skype will be included.
You can start a video conference in the living room and go to the kitchen without disrupting the Conference, everything will happen automatically and natural way. Going further, the kinect can turn into security camera and you can access the video in real time through the 4G on your phone or augmented reality glasses. The limit will be the creativity of the developers.'
Obviously taken with a truck sized pinch of salt but it did get me thinking.
Maybe MS are showing last as they are going to announce some random partnerships?
EA, Samsung? Who knows but it would be one way to combat Apple long term, and maybe even the Steam Box too.
Hmmm... Anyway, I just can't believe they would offer something so vanilla (as recent leaks have supposed) as we are just on the verge of the...
'WAR FOR THE LIVING ROOM!' :)