Leaked document from Microsoft shows company’s plans and release date for the anticipated Xbox 720 game console.
Update 1: Document is already removed from Scribd where it was shared but we still have important details from it. And knowing that the request to remove this document was issued by Covington & Burling LLP, the company which claims Microsoft as their clients we can be sure about information accuracy.
If we trust this document then the next console will be called Xbox 720 and it will bring full 1080p 3D support, a Blue-ray support, Kinect 2.0 and Kinect Glasses. Likely the Kinect Glasses will be used to handle 3D effects rather than bringing augmented reality effects on stage.
According to leaked Xbox 720 project documents the release date is set for 2013 for only $299 which is cheap considering that we get Kinect Glasses, Kinect 2.0 and powerful console for this price. I guess the price is a subject to change or competitors such as Nintendo and Sony will have hard times competing against Xbox 720.
The only box for entertainment in your living room
The document mentions a 6x performance increase over its predecessor thanks to six or eight core ARM processor which will boast 2Ghz frequency.
The same document also mentions that console will be capable of recording TV content directly to Xbox 720. Now everyone will be able to support the growth of The Pirate Bay and other major copyright content sharing websites directly from living room.
The Xbox 720 will also support Xbox 360 games but no word about support for current Kinect Sensor.
Wi-Fi and 4G enabled Kinect Glasses
The Kinect 2.0 sensor is positioned as update with improved accuracy, voice recognition and up to four player tracking at the same time.
The bigger news is the Kinect Glasses project currently codenamed Project Fortazella. These glasses will be Wi-Fi and 4G enabled for usage outside the home just like Google augmented reality glasses. Only time will show how the Kinect Glasses will be used in practice but we are very much looking forward to test but we will have to wait till 2014.
Few months before the Xbox 720 will be released the Nintendo will releases its next generation console the Wii U but if Microsoft will be able to offer the Xbox 720 for only $299 it will leave no chance for Nintendo to revolutionize gaming industry again.
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