Xbox 720: 'Leaked' Document Points To Blu-ray, Augmented Reality & 2013 Release Date [Updated]
New Xbox to feature Kinect 2, 3DTV support and will have 6 times the power of the Xbox 360.
Published on Jun 16, 2012
According to a supposed leaked PowerPoint presentation, Microsoft plans to launch the Xbox 720 in 2013, with a price point of $299.
The document, which was created in 2010 and marked 'for discussion only', also suggests that the next Xbox will launch with a more accurate version of Kinect, will support a 'breakthrough' augmentmented reality glasses tech codenamed 'Fortaleza' and will also support streaming gaming, or as the document puts it, 'enjoy the complete Xbox experience, any time, any where, any screen… on inexpensive hardware' suggesting that AAA Xbox games can be streamed from the main console to mobile phones and tablets as well.
Performance-wise, the presentation talks about a gaming experience that it is 4-6 times the power of the current Xbox 360, powered by a processor with 6-8 cores (ARM or x86) running a 2GHz with 64ALU GPU running at 1GHz and 4GB of memory. The console would be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games.
There is also talk of 1080p and 3D native output, Blu-ray as the content delivery format and an 'always on' function and different power states that relate to different uses, which include full power, media playback and streaming. There's also mention of apps and DVR functionality.
The document describes the next Xbox as, "Quiet. Cool. Green."
With regards to Kinect 2, it promises better voice recognition and a 3D play space (closer, wider and deeper) with 4-player tracking, possibly using two HD sensors and on board processing to achieve this.
The most surprising part of the document is something called 'Fortaleza', which appears to be augmented reality glasses for use with the next Xbox and Kinect. These glasses appear to work in a similar way to Google's Project Glass and give the player a heads up display. The glasses can be used over Wi-Fi or 4G, so could, in theory at least, be used away from the home environment.
The document gives a release window for Fortaleza as 2015.
There's not much in the way of software mentioned but it does refer to Halo, Fable and Gears Of War as examples of games available and that there will be 'concurrent experiences'; the example the document gives of this is being able to watch an NFL scores ticker while you play Gears Of War 5.
The document also goes into quite a lot of detail on Xbox SmartGlass, which was revealed at E3 earlier this month.
So, is the document real or fake? Well, the content seems reasonable enough and, if it is a fake, someone's put a lot of work in this document. Either way, we suggest you check out the full document here and make up your own mind.
The document has been removed from the link above at the request of Covington & Burling LLP - a law firm that has consulted for Microsoft numerous times - check out the document over at GI instead.
Microsoft has responded to all the speculation, while confirming the leaked document is legit.