Wednesday, April 18, 2012

XBox 720: News & Rumors

Xbox-720Some call it Durango, some call it Loop; however, we would just stick with plain ole progression of numbers by calling Microsoft's next generation console: Xbox 720. Now in this regard, we did harp about how the console gaming industry is going through a favorable phase, with figures alluding to a $34.7 billion market by end of 2012. And, what's better than to ride upon this commercial crest by releasing a state-of-the-art console system. 
Well, if credible rumors are anything to go by, then Microsoft will be doing that by Christmas of next year. And, even if that's a long time off (especially for an ardent gamer), we did salvage some foreseeable features expected from this futuristic device. 


Powerful 16-Core CPU

Microsoft has clearly stated that it won't divulge any info about Xbox 720 at the E3 2012. However, if the next generation console is to achieve anywhere near the success of its predecessor then it will have to score high both on its hardware and design. In this respect, rumors are floating around that the machine can have a robust power train with a whopping 16-core IBM Power PC CPU. And, that's not all; this boisterous set up might be equally complimented in terms of graphics with an AMD's Radeon 7000-series.

High Definition

We are already enticed by the new iPad's 9.7-inch screen's resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. Now, imagine an Ultra High Definition display of 7680 × 4320 pixels resolution at a 16×9 aspect ratio. Some of the CES exhibited TV sets already boast of these astronomical credentials. Hence, it wouldn't to be too far fetched to expect such attributes from an Xbox 720. Moreover, the user experience can be notched up to yet another glorious level with full 3D capability.

Direct X 11 platform

Direct X 11 still has a long way to go when it comes to its commercial application in mass marketed, mainstream games. However, if trends are anything to go by, future games will have to shift to this realm of APIs for core programming boosts. In this regard, rumors are rife with Crytek (developer of Crysis series) working in unison with Microsoft to create a Direct X 11 based game, specifically for the Xbox 720.

Built in Kinect 2

Now, this feature fascinatingly transcends the scope of mere gaming, to potentially venture out in a myriad of other applications. Microsoft's exalted motion sensing technology is all set to progress to its second version, and it might very well happen with the release of Xbox 720. So, what can be expected from this 'evolved' set up? Pundits and experts say that the next iteration of Kinect will offer enhanced user interaction and increased data transfer speeds via faster means of connections (which would be more advanced than USB). Moreover, with improved sensors and voice control attributes, the gaming experience is certainly going get a lot better and realistic.


With Wii U's controller arguably being the definitive feature of Nintendo's next generation console, Microsoft may take this user interactive trend to even more progressive levels. According to reports, the Xbox 720 package would encompass a stylishly crafted matt-black media hub with advanced attributes such as augmented reality, directional sound and a four-player, finger-tracking Kinect. And, all of these would be complimented by a tablet-esque controller with touchscreen and HD display. Furthermore, it will be imbibed with a slew of convenient functions such as acting as a mini portable gaming platform, working like a net browser and even posing as a remote control for TV surfing.

No DVD or Blu-ray drive

The top bosses at Microsoft have kept mum on the option of having DVD or Blu-ray drive in the next iteration of Xbox. However, Stephen McGill, who handles Microsoft Xbox in the UK, mentioned last year that both HD DVD and Blu-ray technologies are past their prime when it comes to lengthened usability. In fact, the electronic realm is moving towards the faster paced scope of digital downloads and digital streaming. So, at the end of the day, Microsoft might just eschew Blu-ray drives in favor of SSD cartridge systems or digital download mechanisms.

Pre-owned Games Lock

Modern day electronic giants such as like Microsoft do not exactly have good track records of catering to or condoning 'user freedom'. This can be aptly embodied by Microsoft's ballyhooed decision to 'lock' Xbox 720 games from being played through cheap second-hand copies. Of course, given the preliminary nature of this ambit, we are still not quite sure on how the company plans to do this. But, one thing is for sure; the decision will certainly not impress game developers, publishers and of course users.

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