Rumors about what’s next for Sony and Microsoft have been flying for the last few years and have ramped up even more after Nintendo unveiled the Wii U at last year’s E3. With MS remaining silent we have to turn to wild speculation and fanboy dreaming. Well, if you dream about Powerpoint presentations then you are the most boring person the world but more importantly you'll have to check out the supposedly leaked document that some nosy enthusiasts have sniffed out detailing the direction the new Xbox.
I’ve never been too keen on the name of the Xbox 360 and even less on how several people call the future console as the Xbox 720 (I’ve always preferred Next Box, GameBox, or XtremeBOX). Anyway, as with all rumors, don’t believe anything until it's made official but if you’re super eager to jump to conclusions then by all means check out the full leak below.
- CPU Cores – 6-8x ARM/X86 @ 2GHz
- GPU – 64ALU @ 1GHz
- CPU Cores – 3x PPC @ 3.2GHz
- EDRAM – >32MB
- Memory - 4GB, 128bit DDR4QoS for App Pool
- Mass FLASH Storage – MLC
- CPU Core - 2x ARM/X86 @ 2GHz
- GPU - 48ALU @ 500MHz
- Security System
- Video/Audio Accel - 2HD Dec, 1HD Enc, DSP, XMA
- Video Output - Flexible Resize / Compositing / 3D
- NUI Offloal - Skeletal Tracking Accel.
- Base IO - USB3.0, HDMI, DisplayPort, GigE,PCI-E, SATA, 802.11n
- Device Specific IO - HSDPA, WiMAX, W-HDMI, ATSC,DisplayPort, LVDS
Besides being a little beefier than the 360, MS is still focusing an all-in-one solution for all your entertainment needs. From the docs, Blu-ray and DVR were highlighted so it’s possible that MS will do away with DVDs entirely for gaming while simultaneously becoming your new TiVo. There’s also some talk about a total integrated system that works with your mobile devices which is in-line MS Glass shown at E3.
One part in the doc that seemed pretty interesting was the ‘Concurrent Experiences’ demonstrating an always connected feature that streams sports/news feeds while you play. Not sure if, I'm totally on board with this but I can see how it could be useful if you're super inter 'Cheevos' and leaderboards or generally stalking keeping in touch with friends. It looks like we'll finally have a brave new world for all our gaming and entertainment solutions if MS has their way.
I'm not going through the whole doc but I'll take out a few of the choices keypoints along with some nice cartoon family enjoying fake bowling.
If this is in fact the real deal (and I'm not holding my breath that it is) it looks like we could see a lot more Kinect features and transmedia services in the future as a more robust home entertainment device. A lot of what's in the doc is wishful thinking but if MS can deliver on the whole 'one-box-stop' then I'm more than prepared, but here's crossing my fingers that they'll still remember that it's all about the videogames.