Jan 25, 2012

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Pile On The Rumors For The Xbox 720

Pile On The Rumors For The Xbox 720

In a previous a story, it was rumored that the Xbox 720 would be going into production this year, and be ready by 2013. Some more interesting news surfaced today about the the hardware. One such change is the disc format. Rumor is, instead of using DVDs, the new Xbox will use Blu-rays.

Another interesting portion of this rumor is that Microsoft may have found a way to combat used games. Apparently the system may be able to detect if the game is used, and then deny the use of that game. This seems highly unlikely in my mind, as to cut out that market entirely would be a major blow to game retailer’s everywhere, especially Gamestop, whom relies heavily on used game sales. If this game denial system is actually enacted, you can bet that the Gamestop and retailers alike will deny the sale of the Xbox 720 in stores.

The last bit of this rumor suggests that the next Kinect will be even more powerful than the first generation version. It would have a more powerful processor as well as better motion tracking abilities. Oh, and the new chipset will be called the Oban Chip. And to top it off, both the new console and the Kinect is rumored to be unveiling at this year’s E3.

In an email to Kotaku regarding all the rumors, Microsoft has said:

“As an innovator we’re always thinking about what is next and how we can push the boundaries of technology like we did with Kinect. We believe the key to extending the lifespan of a console is not just about the console hardware, but about the games and entertainment experiences being delivered to consumers. Beyond that we don’t comment on rumors or speculation.”

However true this rumor is, once rumors like this start coming, something is up. And where there is smoke there is fire.

[Source: IndustryGamers]