It’s been almost eight years since the launch of the Xbox 360, and the public will soon see its successor, codenamed “Durango,” this summer at E3. Since its launch, Microsoft changed the paradigm of home entertainment, repositioning the console from merely playing video games to being the central household hub for entertainment. Can Xbox strike gold twice with the anticipated reveal of their new Xbox? Here are top 10 facts you need to know.
1. The New Xbox Might Actually Be Called The Xbox 720
Back in January of 2012, CNN reported that Microsoft documents were leaked in mid 2010. Inside the documents were Microsoft plans for the new Xbox, in which Microsoft was calling the new console the “Xbox 720.” It’s been known that the internal codename for the next generation console has been “Durango,” but this was the first sighting of the company using the “720” name. Other sources are saying the new Xbox could be called Xbox 8, Xbox Infinity or Xbox Companion due to domain name purchases by Microsoft.
2. Microsoft Teased A New Xbox Experience At CES 2013
Microsoft joined Samsung at this year’s CES with presenting IllumiRoom, an experience being rumored to be part of “the next XBox”. The trailer shows a young man playing video games in his living room. One thing you notice right away while watching the trailer is the “scanning mode,” which will make the images go way beyond the average TV screen display.
3.The Xbox 720 Specs Include An 8 Core Processor
Sources are saying the new Xbox 720 will feature an 8 core 1.6GHz processor. VGLeaks leaked an image with information on the new Xbox 720 processor. If that’s the case, then the Xbox 720 is already way more powerful than the Xbox 360, but may not be up to par with current high-end gaming PCs. The Xbox 720 will feature an AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11 .x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM.
4. Xbox 720 Will Require A Constant Internet Connection
Microsoft is making a few major changes to the upcoming console, and gamers don’t seem too pleased. One of the major changes with the new console is that the console itself will require a constant Internet connection. For consumers who live in neighborhoods that don’t have the best bandwidth, this could be a dealbreaker.
5. Touchscreen Will Be Part Of The Design
Joachim Kempin, a former Microsoft executive, suggested the design will have touchscreen and will be very similar to Windows 8. We are unclear if this will be an iteration of Microsoft’s SmartGlass project or if it will be their version of Nintendo’s WiiU controller.
6. Microsoft Will Unveil A New Version Of Kinect
A new version of the Kinect will be unveiled with Microsoft’s Xbox 720. It’s being rumored that we’ll be introduced to “Kinect V2,” which will enhance users’ gaming experiences by offering improvements on the following features: voice recognition, updated HD RGB camera, and four-player tracking.
7. Xbox 720 Will Come With A Wearable Controller
Microsoft filed a patent for “Wearable Electromyography-Based Controller, back in July. The controller is designed to measure muscle activity, control and interact with computing devices including televisions, multi-media devices, and game consoles. There have also been speculation Kinect Glasses to enhance gaming experiences through augmented reality.
8. Microsoft Will Improve Voice Recognition
One of the newest rumors is that Microsoft is working on improving speech recognition, very similar to Siri’s service. Insiders are saying the new feature will allow you to say out loud, “Xbox on” and it will immediately turn on.
9. You’ll Be Able To Message Your Friends Without Having To Leave The Game
If Microsoft follows through with adding voice speech recognition, Xbox users will be able to send messages to Xbox Live friends without having to leave the game.
10. It’s Expected Microsoft Will Announce The Xbox 720 At E3 2013
Xbox’s Director of Programming, Larry Hyrb, posted a countdown clock counting down the days until E3 2013, which is happening June 11-13 at Los Angeles Convention Center. Microsoft hasn’t made any official announcements on the Xbox 720, but we’re hoping Microsoft will make the major announcement at E3 2013.