Xbox 720 – Updates, Games & Rumors Roundup

By the end of 2013 it is believed that Microsoft’s Xbox 720 will hit the living rooms of people across the globe. So, have the features and design of the gaming box been revealed to the public? Will the gaming box hit the market just in time for the holidays? The answer is a big no, as the company has decided to play a secret game. The speculations and rumours  which do its fair share on a new gadget comes handy to have a wild imagination of Xbox 720.

Names of the Xbox 720

Interestingly, the gadget was known by different names like ‘720,’ ‘Loop,’ and ‘Durango.’ The latest whispers online reveal that the gaming console has again been renamed by Microsoft and is now referred to as ‘Kryptos.’ If you are a puzzle fan or a code cracker, you will have realized that Kryptos in Greek means ‘hidden.’

Rumours about the launch date

Experts assume that Microsoft will reveal its new console in the E3 2013 conference. To confirm this rumor, Major Nelson has announced that something new is going to be shared with the public on June 11, 2013. However, speculations are that both Sony and Microsoft want to add limelight to their consoles by arranging a special conference in March. There is no denial that E3 will be the biggest event, but they want to add value to their console by announcing it a little earlier. Guess they want to try the Apple way of holding press conferences.

Cost of Xbox 720

Until January everyone believed that Xbox 720 will be sold at a price of about $299. However, things have taken a better turn and analyst Colin Sebastian has revealed that the price tag of the new console from Microsoft will cost around $350 – $400. Colin also predicted that the successor of Xbox 360 will launch in November a month after Sony releases its product.

Technical Specifications

The tech rumors related to Xbox 720 comes from VG247 and VGLeaks. Reports reveal that the console will be powered with 8 CPU cores running with 1.6GHz. It comes with a 50GB Blu-ray disc drive and 8GB DDR3 RAM. He also stated that “Our checks suggest that next-generation console hardware will be largely built from ‘off the shelf’ high-end PC components, along with hybrid physical/digital distribution models, enhanced voice controls and motion sensing (Kinect integration with every Xbox), and broad multi-media capabilities….Moreover, a PC-based architecture (Intel chips in the case of Xbox) should have a number of advantages over custom-developed silicon: for one, the learning curve for software
developers will be shorter than completely new technology. Second, the cost of production and retail price points should be lower than prior console launches.”

Other things that an Xbox720 can perform

Rumors suggest that Microsoft and Comcast might team up to make the Xbox a TV tuner that comes at a less price for customers who are willing to sign a contra t with the cable provider. This can become true as Xbox 360 has already integrated with services like Hulu, Netflix and ESPN.

Built-in Kinect

There is no doubt that the motion sensing peripheral Kinect will feature in Xbox 720. The new Kinect is expected to keep an eye on the movements of four players at a time. It is also believed to sport a top quality video camera and a play space that is user-friendly. Yes, players can sit or stand and play their favorite game without having the need to rearrange the living room.

Touchscreen Controller

Xbox 720 will also come with its own touchscreen controller that works pretty fast. Sources reveal that the input device will sport a black media hub, which works to give you the much needed reality and exceptional sound needed in a game. The shape of the console is compared to that of Sony PS Vita and Xbox 720 can be used for browsing and for watching television.

Conclusion

To top it all, the Xbox 720 will be available to consumers in two different versions. One version is expected to be a down to earth console with fewer features to satisfy the casual crowd and the next version will come fully packed with all the features. The second version is more likely to sport an optical drive and backward compatibility. However, the Kinect technology will be featured in both the versions. All will come to light when Microsoft decides to spill the beans regarding the console.

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