Rumors about the new Xbox (or Xbox 720, as it’s often referred to as) are now more than just internet gossip.
It’s one thing to wildly speculate about the next Xbox console. It’s quite another to find out that Microsoft is gearing up to build one.
So we’ve rounded up every rumor about the next Xbox – but first check out our video wishlist for the Xbox 720:
New Xbox release date
Recent job postings reveal that the Xbox Console Architecture team is hunting for new blood. Successful candidates will join a team that will be “responsible for defining and delivering next generation console architectures from conception through implementation.”
ITProPortal also suggested in October 2011 that several employees were giving away their involvement on their LinkedIn profiles, such as “Xbox Next Gen Creative Director.”
It also came to light in August 2011 that the next Xbox could actually overlap the Xbox 360’s lifespan. That’s according to an interview from Metro with Xbox’s European head Chris Lewis.
According to reports in late October 2011, the next generation Xbox console will launch at E3 in 2013. Further reports in November 2011 said that the console could be shown off at CES 2012, with a launch late in the year.
Develop claims to have been told by that multiple sources, from chip manufacturers to middleware firms, to expect the console to arrive at the gaming expo in June 2013.
So let’s gather together the facts, the half-whispered untruths and the wishful thinking to see what such a machine might be like…
Could it be codenamed Xbox Loop?
Noted Microsoft nerd MS Nerd outed the name Xbox Loop, claiming that the long-awaited console will be “far smaller”, cheaper and quite Kinect-focused when it finally lands on our shelves.
The Xbox 720 specs will be a significant technological leap forward
The Xbox 360 was launched in 2005, with the best technology that 2004 had to offer. Inside, it used a custom-made IBM Power PC with a trio of 3.2GHz cores and an ATI graphics processor.
Compare this ageing specification to a 2011 PC like the Scan 3XS Vengeance. It rocks the latest Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge CPU, Nvidia GTX 580 graphics card, 1TB of onboard storage and 8GB of DDR3.
Cevat Yerli, the boss at Crytek, believes that the PC is effectively a generation ahead of the Xbox 360 and PS3. “As long as the current console generation exists and as long as we keep pushing the PC as well, the more difficult it will be to really get the benefit of both,” Yerli spilled to Edge.
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