Report: Xbox 720 Will Be Smaller, Cheaper Than Xbox 360
Microsoft have been unusually quiet about the development of their next generation Xbox, and the successor to the popular Xbox 360. However, with the source being MS Nerd, we must remember that any and all rumors can only be considered exactly that – rumors. We’ve referred to their upcoming system as the Xbox 720 (naturally the upgrade from the 360) and is apparently codenamed “loop” by the boys over at Redmond. Even in the recently launched movie – Real Steel featuring Hugh Jackman we noticed that the ‘Xbox 720′ advertisements were in the background and we only noticed it since we have a keen sense of sight/it was a boring scene.
Either way, rumors have it that this loop/720 is expected to be smaller and lighter than the current Xbox 360, and we hope that means it’s quieter as well. MS Nerd claims the system will cost less to produce in the hopes for achieving higher Kinect adoption, which we see as a good idea since the Kinect is quite useful ‘at times’. In addition, the console will be based on a modified version of the yet-to-be-announced Windows 9 (this one is odd considering that Windows 8 isn’t even out till mid-way through 2012).
MS Nerd continues by stating that “It will 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.” Our thoughts on that is interesting since the Zune-HD was a PMP (personal music player) which in all fairness failed in sales. It sounds like they’re trying to make the Xbox 720 more of a Playstation Vita competitor as opposed to a gaming console.
Either way, while Microsoft hasn’t commented on this, rumors state that the Xbox 720 will be revealed next year at E3, thought once again we can’t be too sure on that. Stay tuned for more leaks and rumors as we get closer to E3 2012.