Plan hints that 720 will have six-times the CPU power of the 360
The next generation Xbox will launch next year for $299, according to leaked documents posted on Scribd (via Edge). Microsoft‘s next console, referred to as Xbox 720 in the documentation, will also feature an upgraded version of Kinect, backwards compatibility, and a cloud-streaming service.
Although Microsoft has been pushing for more non-gaming content on 360, its successor looks set to be a truly all-in-one entertainment hub. It is rumored to contain a paid TV service called XTV, along with media apps like Netflix and Last.fm, and will support native 3D.
As far as specs, the new console will have either six or eight CPU cores and 4GB of DDR memory. Another three cores will be dedicated to backwards compatibility. The documents claim that the Xbox 720 will be six times as powerful as the 360.
The new Kinect will feature more accurate motion and voice recognition, stereo imaging, and support for four simultaneous players. By 2014, Xbox 720 will support Foraleza AR Glasses, which is described as a “breakthrough heads-up and hands-free device.”
By 2015, the console will allow streaming of full games. OnLive is mentioned as a potential acquisition. In line with the recent SmartGlass announcement, the 720 will bring games to multiple devices.
The documents originated in 2010, so it’s possible that Microsoft’s plans have changed since then. With an expected sixfold increase in performance and presumably built-in Kinect, a $299 price tag seems too good to be true. This may be for an entry-level model, similar to the original Arcade model of the 360, which came with far less memory and fewer features. Alternatively, it may refer to just the base price in a long-term subscription plan, similar to Microsoft’s $99 Xbox 360.
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