It’s been 7 years since Xbox 360 was released and it has given us the gaming experience that we can never forget. Fans across the globe are wondering when the next Xbox will be brought out as technology has rose to an occasion where a lot more can happen than Xbox 360. The Xbox 720 is possibly the next Xbox from Microsoft, and rumors are circulating everywhere around the web about this new gaming console. So, we have zeroed in every rumour to bring you what’s new in the Xbox 720. This new console is going to take us to a whole new level in gaming.
Will it be called Xbox Loop?
Noted Microsoft blogger, MS Nerd has revealed the name of the next Xbox- The Xbox Loop, claiming that the long-awaited console will be “far smaller”, inexpensive and quite Kinect focused when it finally comes out in the market.
Xbox 720 Features and Specifications
The Xbox 720 processor and graphics
The Xbox 360 was launched in 2005, with the best technology that 2004 had to offer. it used a custom-made IBM Power PC with a trio of 3.2GHz cores and an ATI graphics processor, which worked to produce excellent graphics that we have come to know. Years have gone by and the technology has seen a lot of change since then.
The biggest rumor concerned with Xbox 720 is the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), which will be equipped with AMD 6670 series chip which would bring support for DirectX 11, multi-display and 3D content.
The CEO of Crytek, Cevat Yerli claims that latest PCs are effectively a generation ahead of the Xbox 360 and PS3. He says- “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”. So, if there is any truth behind the rumour of Xbox 720’s GPU, then that means the new Xbox will still be at least two generations behind the latest personal computer GPUs (with the AMD 8000 series soon to release). But the rumour, if confirmed would also mean the Xbox 720 would include a graphics processor – that’s up to six times more powerful than the current Xbox 360 GPU.
It is also believed that the next Xbox will have graphics similar to Avatar movie. The movie was a huge success because of its top-notch graphics and cinematography. AMD, the manufacturer of Xbox’s GPU has claimed that the next Xbox is capable of generating the same level of graphical detail as seen in the movie Avatar. Although, that kind of technology is not yet available on Personal Computers but AMD says that the XBOX 720 will be launched with this technology. Neal Robinson, the director of ISV at AMD says-
The Artificial Intelligence and physics capabilities of the next-generation hardware will allow for every pedestrian in a game such as Grand Theft Auto or Saints Row to have a totally individual mentality. This means that when you shoot a gun or run someone over they don’t all just do the same thing. There will be no more mob mentality, where everyone just screams and runs away; every NPC will actually be an individual character.
The disc format of the next Xbox will include Blu-Ray disc support or may even integrate Blu-Ray disc support into its game releases. Blu-Ray would seem the most obvious option for an upgrade to the traditional DVD tray that we are used to.
Will Microsoft Kill the Second-hand Games Market?
Xbox 720 is believed to possess a unique security features that prevents playback of second hand games. That would mean no trading-in of used game titles in order to fund the purchase of new ones. Every person has to buy a brand new game in order to play in Xbox 720. Microsoft has yet to confirm this information, but it’s conceivable that such a feature could be implemented in the Xbox 720.
The latest on-going speculation about the Xbox 720 is the Touchscreen Controller. Sources have cited that the Xbox 720 has enhanced their controller by implementing touchscreen. The touchscreen controller will have some features which will power it, like it acts as a TV remote control, a Web browser and as well as a panel for displaying software buttons and game information.
Xbox 720 Storage Support
Few latest games take at least 4Gb of storage space, which is no small amount. Games that use higher definition textures and graphics would take even more storage space like what we’re currently seeing on modern PCs (12Gb+). If a need for more storage space arises there will be no possible solution other than to include local storage options, which would ultimately result in larger hard-drives being bundled with the Xbox 720.
The currently updated Xbox 360 was given cloud storage features for use with active Xbox Live gold accounts, if the local storage was full which allows users to access saved games and stored data via any console that has internet access. In the Xbox 720 we can expect the same cloud storage support.
Xbox 720 to Run on Windows
With Windows smartphones already out there and the obviously successful Windows operating systems for PCs, we can anticipate that Xbox 720 will integrate latest Windows platform, probably Windows 8. Microsoft claims that they plan on creating an ecosystem where PCs, tablets, smartphones, and Xbox all work together in harmony. Could this mean that the Xbox 720 will run on their new operating system?
Xbox 720 Release Date
It is impossible to coin a release date for Xbox 720 because Microsoft has claimed that the Xbox 360 will have (at least) a 10-year life lifespan to match the PS3. That puts a new Xbox launch into 2015. Moreover, E3 is round the corner this year and Microsoft France’s Marketing Director Cedrick Delmas says-
We’re in an industry that talks a lot that likes to tell stories. I am not convinced things will happen this year. Xbox 360′s cycle is not at all finished. The proof is that we don’t see the logic in cutting the price this year. E3 is still premature. What’s certain is that there’ll be nothing new in 2012. We are not going to make hasty moves in a bid of counter Nintendo as they prepare to launch Wii U.
Xbox 720 Price
Bloggers from around the world are quoting different price tags for the next Xbox day by day. We are clearly not sure about the cost of this next gaming console. We may have to assume that Xbox 720 will cost the same as Xbox 360 as for now.