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Xbox 360 Generation Next?

11 Sep Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments
Xbox 360 Generation Next?
 

People at Microsoft know how to keep fans at the edge of their seat, don’t they? Before you go making assumptions of your own, let me clarify that I am talking about the release of next generation Xbox consoles, which has been a hot topic for quite some time now. Until now, we’ve had rumors and snippets of information which can’t be verified. It has led me to dig deeper and come up with some credible news.

 

The Name Controversy

Until recently, gaming tech gurus were of the unanimous opinion that next generation Xbox would be called Xbox 720, keeping in view Microsoft’s proclivity of adding numerical values to console names. But certain factors have surfaced to negate this! From Microsoft’s erratic behavior of reserving all URLs with word Xbox to their cart to Crytek technical designer dropping a hint, following can be the possible names:

  • Durango
  • Xbox Loop
  • Xbox Infinity

 

Salient Features

Will new Xbox have Blu Ray and DVR?

PS3, considered by some to be the arch rival of Xbox console, includes the Blu Ray player, which gives it a slight edge over Microsoft’s brain child. Will this sway Microsoft to follow suit and include Blu Ray support? Supposedly, a leaked document indicates that Microsoft has decided to go one up on Sony and is going to include DVR functionality along with Blu Ray support.

This also means that Xbox games which used to be available on two to three DVD’s, owing to lack of capacity, would now be available on a single one thanks to 50 GB capacity of the Blu Ray.

Processing power

 SemiAccurate recent report says that the new Xbox’s processor chip hasn’t been performing according to expectation which might cause delay in release. The processor chip has been code named “Oban” and is being manufactured by AMD.

One can only hope that the next testing phase for these chips prove successful; the release date is dependent on it and to be honest, we do not want to see a new Xbox not on par with its arch nemesis, do we?

 

 Games in development

 Lionhead Studios recently put out an advertisement asking for developers who are proficient with DirectX 11. This platform is new to the gaming world and is currently not being used by any consoles. It is a strong indication that many new titles are in line of development for the upcoming Xbox.

So, apart from Lionhead Studios, which other big players are on it? Details are very sketchy so far as to pinpoint exact names, but it’s heartening to know that new Xbox would come accompanied with some mega titles.

 

Release Date

 The most important question is the release date of Xbox? Knowing Microsoft and from one of their interviews given to verge (which they later recanted), it can be safely deduced that Christmas 2013 would be its release date. The current generation of Xbox, which has been doing splendidly, has shown signs of receding sales with only 193,000 units sold for the month.

“The current hardware systems are showing their age, so it goes without saying that it would be great to have new systems breathe life into traditional retail industry sales,” said NPD industry analyst Anita Frazier. If that statement is any indication of withering the current console, I say Microsoft should hurry it up and release their next generation console before the sales diminish further.