While news of Microsoft’s next Xbox console has been churning around inside the rumor mill for a few years, there isn’t a doubt we are getting closer to some actual facts. It is fully expected that the Xbox 720 -if it is to be called that- to be released to by christmas 2013. If it isn’t it would definitely come as a shock. Also, with the increase in rumors and leaked reports, an official reveal can’t be too far away.
Could the next Xbox actually be called Xbox infinite? It’s just speculation but still possible! There is still a chance Microsoft will still just call it the Xbox 720, but they most likely will use a name a bit more exciting. There has also been rumors that it will be “far smaller”, cheaper, and very kinect-focused by the time it lands on the shelves.
A second version of the kinect will sit at the heart of the Xbox 720 experience, it’s a no brainer. A console built around motion detection has a lot of promise and seems likely that this is the direction Microsoft is taking. The trusty control pad though will still remain a key component for hardcore gaming, so we probably won’t see a radical change there.
Death of Second Hand Games?
Rumors are circulating that the new Xbox will present a feature aimed at preventing owners from playing used games. That would mean no trading-in of old titles to fund new ones. This would definitely not be a system to receive a warm welcome from most gamers.
A leaked document has the price set around $299, which seems a little ambitious. the price will probably be a little higher than that though. Assume the ps4 launches around the same time, we may see some competitive pricing.