Next-generation Xbox rumored to be unveiled at E3 2012

By Tom Warren, on 14th Jun 11 8:22 pm with 90 Comments

Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox console will likely be shown at E3 2012, according to reports.

The software giant is preparing to announce the successor to the Xbox 360 at E3 2012 according to VideoGamer.com. The site claims that Crytek is already developing a new TimesSplitters game for the next-generation console. Hardware specifications have not been fully finalised but Crytek is working with Microsoft’s DirectX 11 as the basis for its development plans. The timing means that Microsoft could announce and launch its new console ahead of rival Sony. VideoGamer’s source is a high-ranking industry official at Crytek who claims that TimeSplitters 4 is being demonstrated internally at the company. The game was reportedly shown privately in video form at E3 2011.

Microsoft is known to be in the early stages of preparing a new Xbox console. The software giant has managed to keep the Xbox 360, released in November 2005, fresh through a number of software improvements and hardware refreshes. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 gaming console dominated U.S. charts in 2010. Microsoft revealed at CES in January that the company has sold over 50 million Xbox 360 consoles worldwide since launch. Microsoft also has 30 million active Xbox LIVE members and has sold 10 million Kinect sensors since the device debuted in November. The Kinect sensor is a horizontal bar that sits at the base of your TV. The device has an RGB camera, depth sensor and multi-array microphone which runs proprietary software. Kinect allows for full-body 3D motion capture, facial recognition, and voice recognition.

Microsoft’s Xbox Console Architecture team has also been hiring for numerous positions on the next-generation Xbox team. The job listings appears to have confirmed that Microsoft is in the early stages of pre-production for the next-generation Xbox. Microsoft is so early on in the development stages that the graphics hardware hasn’t been fully decided and tested. Previous speculation had suggested that Microsoft was further on in the development stages for its next-generation console.

Rumors of a new Xbox console kicked off on Friday when gaming site Develop claimed that an unnamed Electronic Arts studio had taken delivery of a new Xbox console. It’s claimed that the new hardware was sent to EA last month and is packaged and stored inside a PC shell. EA developers are allegedly getting to grips with the hardware to create first-generation software says Develop. Microsoft declined to comment on the story but EA spokespeople claimed the story was false. “This story is a total fabrication – 100 percent not true,” said EA corporate spokesman Jeff Brown.

Thanks to WinRumors reader Shilo for the news tip

  • http://windowsphonedaily.blogspot.com/ Saad Hashmi

    Interesting. I figured we wouldn’t see another console until 2014 at least, but if MS is planning to debut it at E3 2012 then Sony might get screwed again. That sucks too because I was about to pick up a PS3 thinking the current-gen consoles were going to last for a while. Oh well.

  • Renzo

    And it begins.

    I would like a Blu-ray drive in this one, please.

    • http://profiles.google.com/matthew.weihl Matthew Weihl

      Not going to happen.

    • Anonymous

      My guess is that it’s gonna be digitally focused

    • http://www.facebook.com/Vannos Sebastian Gsellmann

      Do you mean focused on digital distribution?

      I thought that would be the way they would head too, but there are still a lot of people in 2011 which don’t have their Xbox on LIVE.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Vannos Sebastian Gsellmann

      Do you mean focused on digital distribution?

      I thought that would be the way they would head too, but there are still a lot of people in 2011 which don’t have their Xbox on LIVE.

    • http://twitter.com/laserfloyd Lewis McCrary

      It will need a disc reader.  Might as well be blu-ray eh?  It won’t be a standard DVD and nothing is out yet in terms of replacing blu-ray.  It shouldn’t be a focal point of the new system more of a ‘oh by the way…’  ;)

    • Alombelino

      MS isn’t going to pay Sony for Bluray, plus with DD it’s not needed.
      MS could always use a HDDVD which would make pirating a bit harder becuase its a dead format and would still hold alot.

      My Bluray disks are basically backups to my DD files.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mitch-Foster/100000527225418 Mitch Foster

      Why can’t everyone just agree that the HDDVD route was and still is a pointless one?

      It failed, so why try it again? Blu-ray should be included so that Xbox could formally conduct itself as a one-stop-shop for family room media.  I’m pretty sure that was there point because they made it pretty obvious (saying it out loud, nonetheless) during E3 and in other previous statements.  It would be foolish to make such claims and NOT include Blu-ray because while many of you guys may think that the format is a dying one, and that so many people apparently do not care for it, in order to create and maintain this media-centric mega-xbox they need to find the best way to accomodate ALL parties. 

      Maybe digitally distributed media IS the future, but I (and a lot of other people) also prefer to see a physical library of our stuff.

      PS, who gives a shit if Blu-ray is Sony’s technology.  While they may be the competition in the console gaming realm, they should also be considered a valued partner in all other things that involve computers.

      Give me Blu-ray in my Xbox please, as I only want to see TWO things under my TV; my Xbox, and my AV receiver

    • Anonymous

      With the license fees Sony charges just to make a single Blu-ray (over $2 per disc) it almost seems like, with mass production, that it would be just as viable to package the games on a usb drive. The prices will come down further by the time the console launches and opening up more production would advance development and bring flash prices down rapidly.

    • http://twitter.com/MichielPapp Michiel Papp

      Indeed Sonny constantly places linsane licencing fees to blueray disks. Not only on the disks writen but also on the right to use them in your device. You even have to pay for everytime you use the blueray logo.

      I don’t think ms will ever do that. They would simply be giving a part of their profits to the direct competitor….

    • http://twitter.com/laserfloyd Lewis McCrary

      I agree. DD is great and all but a physical copy is even better.  My parents own an Xbox (thanks to me!) and they do have broadband but it’s the low end of the spectrum and it shows.  1.5mbps is slooooooooooooow on XBox.

      The point is, even with DSL the DD method for people like my parents would be painful.  Broadband is growing but you can’t alienate people that just don’t have access to the fastest broadband available.

    • http://twitter.com/paint99 Larry

      Blu-ray is Sony tech. Microsoft should use Wii controllers while they are at it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brightstarbeing Charles Figueroa Jr

      DVD is Sony/Phillips tech… but the Xbox & Xbox 360 have it…

    • Zephyrnix

      Pretty Much. dude.
      Bluray is FAR from desired as well. DD is MUCH better.

    • Guest

      I have always assumed, rightly or wrongly, that Blu-ray disks offer better quality both in terms of picture and sound.  My understanding is that while an image might be 1080p, it doesn’t necessarily imply that the quality of that image 100% of what it could be.  Can anyone here offer a reasoned opinion on the differences (if any) in quality terms between Blu-ray and streamed downloads?

    • Anonymous

      1080p only describes the resolution, in addition to that you need to have a good bitrate aswell. Bitrate is basically how much information is stored per second of video. I think that a Bluray maxes out at something like 54 Mbit/s, but Bluray movies are usually somewhere around 15-25Mbit/s. So you do get more data with a bluray, but wether or not one can see a difference is up to each individual.

    • Zephyrnix

      EW NO!

    • Anonymous

      Is this where we make request… cool.

      Along w/ BR, replaceable SSD drive, full IE9 (upgradeable), tv/cable input for DVR capability, all video formats compatible, and fully backwards compatible. K thnx.

  • http://twitter.com/barbosa_ Paulo Barbosa

    Xbox 360 will be 7 next year. A new one that could connect to windows phone and windows 8 would be no surprise, for sure. Videochatting, using the phone as a controler… that sort of things we are already used to. And maybe kinect will be built in and save space in our living rooms. I think it will be the expected new xbox with a couple of nice new features.

  • http://twitter.com/barbosa_ Paulo Barbosa

    Xbox 360 will be 7 next year. A new one that could connect to windows phone and windows 8 would be no surprise, for sure. Videochatting, using the phone as a controler… that sort of things we are already used to. And maybe kinect will be built in and save space in our living rooms. I think it will be the expected new xbox with a couple of nice new features.

    • http://twitter.com/Polychromenz Tony Gorham

      I cant see the Kinect being built in as it needs to be in a certain location to see you properly. I wouldn’t want to be forced to put the xbox on the top of the cabinet when I only have the kinect bar there now. The current system is flexible, I doubt they will change that.

      Windows Phone as a controller has to happen surely I cant believe it isn’t a Mango feature to be honest – maybe we will get lucky and it will be – pretty please…

    • Anonymous

      But something like this seems like it would be kind of a waste. I love the idea of the phone interacting with the Xbox in ways already demonstrated, but using it as a controller seems wasteful and unproductive.

    • Terence Cassar

      Or they could use the phone to create a Wii U kind of experience such as the ninja star throwing shown at E3

  • http://www.facebook.com/aerosmillie David Smillie

    I thought 2015 was the next release date….ah well, we’ll see :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/aerosmillie David Smillie

    I thought 2015 was the next release date….ah well, we’ll see :)

  • Anonymous

    I’m just wondering what you call the new console when its predecessor was called the Xbox 360? The Xbox 720?

    • Anonymous

      Personally, I think Xbox Metro has a nice ring to It. But, my guess is that they’ll want to tie it in to windows so Xbox 8 wouldn’t be that bad.

    • Lex

      I think they might just go for “Xbox” and start referring to the first one as “Xbox Classic”. I don’t think there would be too much confusion and streamlines the brand…

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking this as well. I dont see them calling it Xbox 8 for obvious reasons, and also because they seem to be doing this “8″ unification only on the software side of things.

    • http://unhub.com/eingoluq Eingoluq

      Xbox 8? no. please no. it’s the 3rd one it doesn’t make sense. Microsoft should leave no hint of windows in the Xbox’s name.

    • Anonymous

      But it’s the 8th generation of gaming consoles though ain’t it? So it would actually fitt ;)

    • http://unhub.com/eingoluq Eingoluq

      Still, no

    • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

      XBox 720?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VGQMRQOQYPZHFOGRIZ53F646KU Not ice_fusion.

      What if they called it “Xbox M” or something, M standing for “Media” as they are putting a much stronger focus on it being an all-in-one entertainment – media center – console.

    • Anonymous

      While this really would make perfect sense seeing as Microsoft constantly calls it an entertainment hub, I don’t think randomly assigned letters work. They really never do. I think just plain Xbox will end up being it. But what do I know, theres guys that get paid to do this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominic.blakey Dominic Blakey

    Hmm, as much as I would like a new Xbox, I still think the 360 has legs. Games are still improving in terms of Graphics and Gameplay quality, plus the 360 has been outselling the other rival consoles for the past year.
    I also find it interesting how they MAYBE revealing the next gen Xbox at the next E3 when they’ve just revealed the new Dashboard experience with Live TV, and more Kinect titles at the most recent E3. They said the new Dashboard with it’s new features would be availble in Fall 2011, which is strange considering only a few months later they reveal the next gen Xbox… Wouldn’t make sense to innovate and improve the current system further if they are revealing the next-gen Xbox a year after?

    Plus, (I love GTA xD) GTA has only had one game (Plus 2 extras) on the 360, which begs the question… Are they producing the next GTA game in the series for the next gen Xbox, or the current 360? If so, they better get a move on and release it!

    And finally, a lot of people are still buying the Xbox 360, purchasing Kinect and purchasing Xbox Live. How will the transition go from 360 to the next gen Xbox? Will the next gen Xbox include Kinect as standard? Or will their be a Kinect 2? Will the Next Gen Xbox not include Kinect but continue to work with Kinect like the 360? Who knows. And will people be able to play current 360 Live titles on the next gen Xbox, or will it only allow us to play the game without Live features such as Multiplayer Online?

    So many questions…

    • Anonymous

      yeah i agree. I think it will probably just be a preview, set for release in 2013. That would give xbox a nine year life. Which would be more inline with previous reports of a 10 year lifespan.

  • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

    It was rumored first back in late 2009 and confirmed beyond being a rumor in late 2010. Not a shocker at all. It is what i had been saying for over a year. Now the only question is if it will be switching from the rumored WEC7 based OS to a W8 ARM based OS. Or maybe even something else. I also had this notion that was that it was only to be twice or thrice as powerful as the Xbox 360, unlike the incredible 10x jump done by the Xbox 360 compared to Xbox One.

    • Guest

      I’d be surprised if they could complete a migration to W8 ARM in that timeframe.

    • Allan

      A 2-3 times increase would be fine. Then the distance between the old console and the next gen one wouldn’t be so large that they couldn’t keep backwards and forwards compatibility with the 360. By keeping the 360 on the market at a lower price point, they would maintain and expand market share instead of starting over. Certain new games could support both the new console and the old one, only on the old one it would run at a lower resolution. This would be a great value proposition for owners of the 360 as it would keep that console in the game (pun intended) for the promised 10 years (or more). This has worked in the PC gaming industry for years and years and MS would be clever to try to bring some of that value to console owners. Last year I found my old Diablo 2 CD, plugged it into my modern PC running Win7 and voila I had the game running. I even got it running on my netbook. Now THAT’s extending the value of your purchase…

      Needless to say, apps and services (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) would be available on all XBox hardware platforms. Combine this with my OEM hardware suggestion (built into TV’s) and you have a pretty diverse and powerful ecosystem. And we haven’t even talked about tie ins with Windows, Windows Phone and Windows Home Server.

      I don’t know enough about XNA or XBox programming to say whether old games could be supported on another hardware platform (without emulation), though. Maybe someone else can shed a light on this? Would it be a matter of recompiling? In that case, games could be republished in the online marketplace – a 4,7 GB download these days isn’t insurmountable.

      By not going all in on the hardware specs, but instead focusing on providing value in other ways, losses per console sold could be kept at a minimum, heat issues and other hardware problems could be minimized (as that could also mean NOT going with ultra cutting edge and untested hardware) and building it into other form factors would thus be easier.

      And I haven’t even said anything about supporting XBox games running directly inside Windows, so I won’t, ie. I will not say anything about the future XBox as a service/brand in the way that Zune became one on Windows Phone…

  • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

    It was rumored first back in late 2009 and confirmed beyond being a rumor in late 2010. Not a shocker at all. It is what i had been saying for over a year. Now the only question is if it will be switching from the rumored WEC7 based OS to a W8 ARM based OS. Or maybe even something else. I also had this notion that was that it was only to be twice or thrice as powerful as the Xbox 360, unlike the incredible 10x jump done by the Xbox 360 compared to Xbox One.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brightstarbeing Charles Figueroa Jr

    DVD is Sony/Phillips tech… but the Xbox & Xbox 360 have it…

    • Anonymous

      But is there something that’s actually holding Microsoft back from using HD-DVD? Sure it’s a dead format for movies, but that doesn’t mean the tech wouldn’t work for games. And if I’m not mistaken China uses a version of HD-DVD aswell, so it shouldn’t be that expensive either.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brightstarbeing Charles Figueroa Jr

    …Of course Toshiba perfected the DVD… Point is, no matter what you use: CD, DVD, Blu-Ray… It’s all someone else’s tech. Using that as an excuse to not use it is a red herring.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brightstarbeing Charles Figueroa Jr

    …Of course Toshiba perfected the DVD… Point is, no matter what you use: CD, DVD, Blu-Ray… It’s all someone else’s tech. Using that as an excuse to not use it is a red herring.

  • Morgan Wisbey

    Personally I think including Blu-Ray would be a step backward. Now with digital files and streaming, I can’t imagine why they would use a technology that will most likely be phased out. Besides the next generation hardware, I definately would like to see Zune (or whatever it will be called) tied into the music/media experience instead of relying on Media Center which has remained untouched from when it was first rolled out. I also would like to see integration with WP and allow the phone to be used as a controller for media, games, and communications. I also would like to see Kinect expanded so that voice could be used to control the entire home theater with IR repeaters so that saying “Xbox, watch TV Channel ESPN” would fire up all the appropriate devices basically eliminating the need for a universal remote. The ultimate would be to work with cable and sat companies and allow the Xbox to replace the set top boxes to become a true media center for the entire home.  

    • Anonymous

      Would you also like some fries with that?

    • Mikrosopht

      As long as the shareholders don’t mind spending $45 billion to make $30 billion … that’s the Xbox P&L and the gap will NEVER close because MS would have to sell about a billion XBoxes. Xbox was MS’ belief they could own the living room and people would spend a hundred dollars a month not just on video games but movies & music. They did not count on Apple & Netflix coming and taking all the digital music & movies business. They also did not count on the Wii gouging away 80% of the family video game business. You can even argue that MS basically killed the high end PC market by converting 90% of PC gaming fanatics willing to pay $3-4k for the top flight spec machine to pay $249-$349 for a processor that costs MS $700 and was the equivilient to their $4k PC AND no viruses or DLL issues. But that would be asking Ballmer to understand the business of business …

    • GP007

      Lay off the drugs man, I really don’t know where you’re pulling out some of those numbers, $700 for costs?   $45billion?  What?   Step away from the keyboard please.

    • Guest

      Instead of lecturing others about understanding business, learn how to read a financial statement. Your figures are total bs.

    • Aaron

      You have failed.  Please do not post anything on the internet ever again.  The world does not need your understanding of “the business of business”

    • Guest

      Erm… No.

  • Anonymous

    2012 preview, 2013 release that’s my call. Also no chance at blu-ray. They are going straight download/stream of HD content. No reason to have a blu-ray and really i don’t know too many people that actually have a blu-ray player. I know i’m skipping the format entirely.

    • Anonymous

      Good words.

      Out with the old (hardware) in with the new (software) :)

    • Renzo

      Except you can’t run software, without hardware :P

    • Anonymous

      I very, very, very seriously doubt that.

      If you go strictly digital, you limit your consumer base significantly. I know it seems like everyone has broadband, but there is still a significant amount of people in the United States who don’t yet have it, just like there are also a significant amount of people who never even go online with their gaming console.

      This also doesn’t take into account all Microsoft’s other markets. Do you really think Microsoft wants to launch a console that requires a broadband connection in all the markets it operates in? I certainly don’t. There will be some sort of physical media (or some way to get content other than downloading), mark my words.

    • Shiro

      Personally, I don’t like going strictly digital. I think it is too much to expect the hard disc to contain all the gaming media, all the music media, and all the video media. I expect Microsoft to go with a bluray disc drive. 

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t mean for games, those will still be discs. I just think they’ll stick with DVD.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chance-Seagle/100000066915702 Chance Seagle

      No they won’t. That would be straight stupid of them. Whether you guys like it or not, as long as the PS3 is playing Blu-ray movies and games, Blu-ray will NOT go anywhere. DVD will be phased out, just like tapes were when DVD hit. You’ll see.

    • Anonymous

      Its seems to not have hindered MS in this round of console wars at all. Look they’ve bet on streaming of content from day one with the xbox 360. (why do you think the HD-DVD format had such a weak push from MS?) Adding blu-ray is counterintuitive to their plan. They want you to stream/ download music and movies. Adding support just adds users and prolong’s the life of a failing format. Which is why they have their own big movie marketplace, support netflix, and hulu. All of the big tech companies Apple, google, Amazon, MS are pushing to the cloud… today! that’s only going to get more pervasive two years from now when this console is released and Win 8 has already hit the market.
      From another perspective is cost. MS’s main sku for the next console will be the xbox with the 2nd gen kinect. It will be a package deal. They will need to keep the cost down, throwing in a blu-ray player will add on to this cost for very little benefit.
      I agree with you DVD will go the way of the dodo but that doesn’t mean those sales have (from what I’ve seen it doesn’t appear so) or will transition directly to Blu-ray two years from now.

    • Anonymous

      Its seems to not have hindered MS in this round of console wars at all. Look they’ve bet on streaming of content from day one with the xbox 360. (why do you think the HD-DVD format had such a weak push from MS?) Adding blu-ray is counterintuitive to their plan. They want you to stream/ download music and movies. Adding support just adds users and prolong’s the life of a failing format. Which is why they have their own big movie marketplace, support netflix, and hulu. All of the big tech companies Apple, google, Amazon, MS are pushing to the cloud… today! that’s only going to get more pervasive two years from now when this console is released and Win 8 has already hit the market.
      From another perspective is cost. MS’s main sku for the next console will be the xbox with the 2nd gen kinect. It will be a package deal. They will need to keep the cost down, throwing in a blu-ray player will add on to this cost for very little benefit.
      I agree with you DVD will go the way of the dodo but that doesn’t mean those sales have (from what I’ve seen it doesn’t appear so) or will transition directly to Blu-ray two years from now.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t mean for games, those will still be discs. I just think they’ll stick with DVD.

    • Anonymous

      With the state broadband is in, solely in the US, that wont happen. Since carriers are now, in the US, imposing bandwidth caps on their content makes it a bigger issue. Internet speed is something of a problem too. Since something like LA Noir is 23GB I wouldn’t want to spend the hours to download that when I could go into a store buy it and be home faster. Since the next generation of systems will definitely be native 1080p I wouldn’t want to download the games. Blu-ray for games makes perfect sense. It would be the cheapest and most practical option for them.

    • Anonymous

      I think my comments were misinterpreted. I think media (movies/music) will be stream/download. Just like it is today. Games (big games) will still be on discs. I think they’ll stick with DVD’s still. I don’t think they’ll go blu-ray.

    • Anonymous

      Oh OK. I think that might be the case too. I thought you meant that all content would be digital distribution only. I doubt they’ll stick with DVD’s. Unless they are fine with having their games spread across multiple disks. I know it isn’t too much of a complain now but having LA Noir on 3 disks and Mass Effect 2 on 2 and Mass Effect 3 on, I assume, 2+ is a bit of a pain. And since all content will go 1080p the game assets will be huge. Who knows. Very interesting time.

    • Anonymous

      They do offer games to download straight on the xbox now. Not just indie games but older big title games as well. I think the reluctance to go straight download has more to do with the games publishers than the state of broadband, which is why you don’t see any new releases of big xbox titles downloadable at the same time as the release of the game discs.
      You are right it is a very interesting time. I’m looking forward to seeing how this new console will interact with win 8, WP7. That and what’s in store for 2nd gen kinect. Its a good time to be a tech fan!

    • Aaron

      I don’t think they can go all digital yet considering the state of broadband connection in this country.  But at the same time, they won’t want to include Sony’s BlueRay player.  I think the best alternative may be cheap USB Flash Drives.  Flash memory keeps getting cheaper and this way you have no theoretical limit on the size of games or movies.  You already see 8GB drives running for 10 dollars.  In the next two years (which is when the console will come out) you will probably see 16 or 32GB for under 10 dollars.

    • cameron harris

      you know they have usb flash drives now, i used a memory stick and stored all my game data on there

  • Anonymous

    2012 preview, 2013 release that’s my call. Also no chance at blu-ray. They are going straight download/stream of HD content. No reason to have a blu-ray and really i don’t know too many people that actually have a blu-ray player. I know i’m skipping the format entirely.

  • Anonymous

    That would be awesome news, but I don’t see it happen actually.

  • http://www.facebook.com/soundtweaker Dan Menapace

    The New XBOX is supposed to have Windows Media Center built in also. That would be huge.
    No more extender BS.

    • Anonymous

      i have a feeling media center will be disappearing, and any features it had will be merged into xbox. The transition is already underway. You can see in the new dashboard update they are adding TV and DVR.

  • Anonymous

    Could Microsoft “beat” Nintendo to a release here? Microsoft both unveiled and released the Xbox 360 in 2005, maybe we’ll actually see the Xbox “720″  release for “holiday 2012″ just like the Nintendo Wii U?

    As for new controllers I think we’ll see hardware controllers that works with Kinect, similar to the Move, why have just one thing when you can have both?

    WP7 as a controller has already been announced with the Kinect Adventures demo. I’d love to see tight integration between WP8, Windows 8 and Xbox “720″ though. And with what Microsoft teased in regards of E3 2012 I think that is absolutely an posibility.

    As for game distribution I think we should get online releases the same day as we get games off the shelf. They need to keep some disk format due to the state of the broadband market.

  • Anonymous

    Tom, I await the day that your articles are actually more than independent factual sentences delivered as dry as toast.

    • Renzo

      The reason I read and post here is because of this very reason. I rather have Tom just report the dry-ness and let us commentors spice it all up for him.

      So many sites jumped on the opinion “journalism” bandwagon, which attracted a lot of commenting smurfs and ruined those networks (Gawker I’m looking at you!).

    • Anonymous

      I hear ya on the Gawker (and Engadget now) thing, but there doesn’t necessarily have to be opinion involved, just something other than:

      Microsoft announced today that the sky is blue. Many people agree. Scientists are investigating. It is not known what happens to the blue at night. The sky is the stuff above the clouds. Planes fly in it. Microsoft has a history of scientific endeavors. The kinect sold a lot of units. The Kinect is a device with cameras.

    • Renzo

      lol yeah I get what you’re saying but I think they teach journalists to do that in case someone is not completely informed on the subject at hand.

      A lot of us are very savvy on this stuff so its kind of annoying to us to see it every post, I agree.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, but a lot of blogs/sites get around that by just linking to previous articles that cover the backstory. Sometimes I miss the NEW news in posts because I skim through mundane backstory that I already know.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, but a lot of blogs/sites get around that by just linking to previous articles that cover the backstory. Sometimes I miss the NEW news in posts because I skim through mundane backstory that I already know.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, but a lot of blogs/sites get around that by just linking to previous articles that cover the backstory. Sometimes I miss the NEW news in posts because I skim through mundane backstory that I already know.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, but a lot of blogs/sites get around that by just linking to previous articles that cover the backstory. Sometimes I miss the NEW news in posts because I skim through mundane backstory that I already know.

    • Guest

      And we all await your incredible blog, where the most mundane news is delivered with flair.

    • Anonymous

      Says the guy so confident in himself that he doesn’t bother with guest posting (Tom, is that you?). Does one need to be a professional player to recognize a good player vs a bad one?

    • Guest

      And we all await your incredible blog, where the most mundane news is delivered with flair.

  • Insomniac

    WTF? TO all the people that are saying no bluray is required and that a DD is better…
    Are you all on drugs?! Forget blu-ray for movies.
    But the PS3 has 50GB’s worth of disk space for game content.
    The idea of downloading games at 50GB+ per hit is completely stupid!

  • Allan

    I think it would be interesting if Microsoft were to allow other specially selected OEM’s create their versions of the XBox. This way we could see it built in to TV’s (including Kinect), receivers, and in other form factors. This is something that hasn’t been done succesfully by anyone yet, but of the three big console makers Microsoft is the only one that really has experience working with OEM’s and they could turn that in to a competitive advantage.

    • Renzo

      I always wanted this.

      Having Xbox be more of an entertainment platform across many devices rather just one piece of hardware (which is what they’re doing, with the help of Windows 8).

      A Samsung OLED TV with built-in Kinect and an App Store run by the largest software company the planet? Skip the market survey and just tell me how much you want me to fork over for such luxuries :D

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    Ooh. Will it be called the XBOX 720, or something completely different?

  • Test123

    Xbox 3d