Next-gen Xbox render - unconfirmed design
Microsoft has announced that they will be unveiling the 'beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment' on May 21st of this year at a special event on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA.
So, with all the hype surrounding the PlayStation 4 reveal earlier this year, how will Microsoft's next-generation console stack up? Here are some of the more popular rumors surrounding the upcoming console, giving some insight on what you can expect at the big Xbox reveal next month!
Everything we know about the next-generation Xbox suggests that it is under development using the codename Durango. Much like the Nintendo Wii was known as the Revolution pre-release, the Xbox Durango is likely to get a new name before it is unveiled to the public. As for what this name is, we're at a bit of a loss.
A few names we've heard tossed about in Internet circles include:
- Xbox Durango
- Xbox 720
We'd be surprised if they go with Xbox, although that seems the most likely rumor at the time of this writing.
Naturally, most of these specs are drawn from industry rumors so take them with a grain of salt. According to speculation, the next-generation Xbox will feature:
- AMD eight-core CPU, clocked at 1.6GHz
- 8GB DDR3 RAM
- AMD 7000 Series GFX Card
- Blu-ray disc support
- Mandatory built-in Kinect sensor
- No backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games
- Always-on connection requirement
Again, this information is speculation only and should be treated as such until May 21st. Particularly that bit about always-on connection, because how much would that suck, you guys?
Multimedia Home Entertainment
Chances are, as Microsoft continues to push heavily into other media outlets, these changes are going to be at the core of the next-generation Xbox. Home gaming consoles are no longer just places to play video games, these are complete media options that some people have used to replace traditional cable services and other options.
Expect the following features at the heart of the next Xbox:
- Television and movie streaming services from Hulu, Netflix, SyFy, Crackle, Verizon FiOS and more.
- Sports programming from ESPN, MLB.tv and others.
- Music services including iHeartRadio, Last.fm and Slacker Radio.
- Integration to social media like Facebook.
- Increased integration with Xbox SmartGlass on Windows-based mobile devices and PCs.
This is something that Xbox has pushed heavily into over the last couple years and will likely be pinnacle to the next-generation of home entertainment for Microsoft.
Doubtless, Microsoft will have a lot more to reveal on May 21st and we'll be here to bring you the latest on what they have up their sleeves for the next-generation Xbox!