Xbox 720 Rumours: Specs, Release Date, Launch Games Round Up
[Updated 25 June 2012]
Xbox 720 rumours are heating up, so we’ve rounded up as many as possible for you to check out, as well investigated them further to try and see if they are plausible, or just plain nonsense.
We’ll be updating this page as new rumous appear, so bookmark it for all of the latest Xbox 720 news as it happens.
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18/6/2012 – Xbox 720 tech specs and will be compatible with Microsoft’s Surface tablet
A spec sheet leaked ahead of the official announcement of Microsoft’s Surface reveal detailed more than we imagined at first glance.
The Xbox Tablet is a 7inch tablet to run alongside the “stationary computing device”, which will have two IBM Power7 CPUs with 6 cores per CPU and a GPU with 1.2GB of memory.
There was no mention of a disc drive, but a hard drive of 250GB space was detailed with the option to expand space with USB drives.
It’s also expected to push up to 1440p resolutions.
Check out the spec sheet to find out more.
16/6/2012 – Leaked documents talk about Blu-ray, augmented reality and 2013
A 56-page powerpoint demonstration leaked onto the internet, reportedly detailing many of the prospective elements of Xbox 720, Kinect 2 and even how the machine might include 3D glasses and augmented reality.
It’s a document too long to list here, so check out the original story.
A few days later Microsoft practically confirmed the document was real – despite many believing it to be fake – when its laywers set about bringing the document down due to its copyrighted ownership belonging to Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business division, the department in charge of Xbox.
Is augmented reality a possibility for Xbox 720?
2/4/2012 – Xbox 720 will have Blu-Ray, release date in 2013
Contrary to the source nearly a month ago (below) that suggested otherwise, an informant talking to VG247 has suggested that the Xbox 720 will have a disc drive, and that it will read Blu-Rays.
Additionally, the source revealed that the hardware will feature two GPUs that can run independantly of each other, both of which will be based on AMD’s 7000 series.
On top of this, the source said that it will have four or six cores in its CPU, one of which will be used primarily for Kinect and another that will power the operating system.
Lastly, the source mentioned that the next Xbox will require an always-on internet connection as an anti-piracy measure.
19/3/2012 – Microsoft hiring for next-gen console
A pair of jobs listed on the official Microsoft website (and since taken down) suggested something in the works at Microsoft.
One job, for an ISS Console Multimedia Team, suggested that the applicant will need to be “responsible for designing and developing the next generation console.”
A second job, for an audio developer, who will eventually become “an integral part of the team tasked to revolutionize audio for the next generation of Xbox.”
The responsibilities of this role will be the “development of the core audio stack for the next generation Xbox console.”
Expect to see Kinect version 2.0 when Xbox 720 rolls out. Perhaps bundled in?
9/3/2012 – Xbox 720 won’t have an optical drive
Talkng to MCV, a source surrounding Durango has suggested that the Xbox 720 won’t have a disc drive at all and will, instead, include a form of swappable “solid-state card storage”.
The source also suggested that the console would release in 2013.
16/2/2012 – Xbox 720 has the working title ‘Durango’
If the console has a working title then chances are it is either a fair way through the development phase, or is firmly on the minds of those in charge at Microsoft. The rumour doesn’t go much further beyond this, but the name Durango is, itself, quite interesting.
Durango is the name of a Mexican state, which ties into Microsoft’s working title for Kinect, which was Natal, another South American city situated in Brazil. Could the South American theme be Microsoft’s way of naming up work in progress projects? We’ll know soon enough.
10/2/2012 – Xbox 720 will run Unreal Engine 4
In early February 2012, Epic’s Mark Rein revealed that the studio would reveal Unreal Engine 4 later this year, and he said that it is currently running on “Systems we can’t name yet.” Rein dropped the info bomb at the DICE summit in Las Vegas, and the jury is still out on what formats he was referring to.
Given Xbox 360’s influx of Unreal Engine 3-powered titles over the years, it’s silly to assume that Xbox 720 won’t run Unreal Engine 4. Aside from Xbox 720, it seems likely that Wii U and whatever Sony has lined up next for the PlayStation brand will also run the engine.
Will we see graphics like this on Xbox 720?
24/1/2012 – Xbox 720 will be six times more powerful than the Xbox 360
According to sources talking to IGN, the GPU on board the next Xbox will be akin to the Radeon HD 6670. This graphics card is capable of multiscreen output, 3D, 1080p and supports DirectX11.
Judging the rumoured specs of the Xbox 720 by the Xbox 360 equivalent, it is expected that the Xbox 720 will be six times more powerful than its predecessor and 20 per cent greater performance than the Wii U.
8/11/2012 – Xbox 720 will use Windows 9 and will be cheaper
Following on from rumours that Xbox 720 will use a more cost-effective GPU, and will therefore be cheaper, a reliable source of Microsoft leaks MS Nerd claimed that Xbox 720 will run on Windows 9 – not a complete emulation of the PC-based Windows of course, but more likely a selection of key features.
Much like Xbox 360 now uses elements of Windows 8’s Metro visual interface, Xbox 720 could use some features of whatever Microsoft is planning with Windows 9.
According to MS Nerd, the Xbox 720 will also, “Use a Zune HD-like hardware platform—a ‘main’ processor with multiple dedicated assistive cores for graphics, AI, physics, sound, networking, encryption and sensors. It will be custom designed by Microsoft and two partners based on the ARM architecture.”
“It will be cheaper than the 360, further enabling Kinect adoption. And it will be far smaller than the 360. It will also demonstrate how Windows Phone could possible implement Windows 9’s dev platform on the lower end.”
With compatibility across its suite of software, will we see much in the way of tablet/Xbox 720 crossover.
18/4/2011 – Microsoft is having a huge Xbox 720 recruitment drive
This brand-new piece of information comes by way of a Microsoft job listing on both Gamasutra, and Microsoft’s own recruitment page. The company has started ramping up vacancies in the hardware section of its career site, with some references to gaming.
One vacancy listing in particular is for a Senior Network Programmer for something called ‘Platform Next’. As the job is specifically lifted under the Microsoft Studios gaming arm of the company, it seems likely that ‘Platform Next’ is a referral to Xbox 720.
The post also makes reference to the role being part of a “Next-generation project, built from the ground up in Microsoft Game Studios.” So whether this is a direct reference to Xbox 720 hardware itself, or a game for Microsoft’s new project, it’s clear that work is in full swing on the platform.
18/11/2009 – Project Gotham Racing 5 is an Xbox 720 launch title
While Project Gotham Racing 4 developer Bizarre Creations might be no more, it seems that Microsoft is looking to revive its former flagship racing series. Rumours of the game’s existence began way back in 2009 through the unlikeliest of sources.
Owner of a Tesla Roadster supercar, Tom Burt revealed on a Tesla enthusiast blog that Microsoft Games Studios asked Burt if he could take his car to the track in order for the developers to record the engine sounds for both Forza Motorsport 3, and a new Project Gotham Racing title.
Jump forward to 2012, and new reports started filtering through the news cracks regarding Project Gotham Racing 5. The current rumour is that the game will be an Xbox 720 launch title, and that Microsoft is looking to farm the game out to a third-party development studio.
If Project Gotham Racing 5 is indeed an Xbox 720 launch title, then the chances of it appearing at E3 2012 are slim. However, Microsoft has launched both Xbox consoles with Project Gotham Racing games, so there is a good chance this will happen again.
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