With the previous console cycle broken, the question that hangs over everybody’s mind is: When is the next console going to be announced?
While rumors and speculation are great, nothing concrete has truly been announced, as both Sony and Microsoft have been busy chipping away at the final piece of art that they plan to release. While Sony has what has been dubbed the “Orbis”, Microsoft has been fiddling around with the Code Name “Durango” (while many others decide to call it the 720). With no other information finalized on the systems, you can expect that most gamers are crying themselves to sleep at night, fearing the Next-Gen consoles may never come.
That or Halo 4 Multiplayer.
After some investigation, I managed to pull up some rather tasty information regarding Microsoft’s next pet project, while some rumors I am not allowed to fully disclose to you, I can however add some much needed interesting information which could lead to some bigger news along the way.
While the 720 has been the fallback moniker for the next console, some information surfaced that some possible other names could be in consideration, such as Infinity, but it seems that the big M may just be trying to go the way of Apple.
If true, the next console we may be playing on will just be dubbed Xbox.
Now, is this a bad thing?
I can’t say for certain the name sits well with me, but then again I haven’t seen the Box in action, so my opinion will be reserved for the very end of our tour.
While this information has been circling the net for a while, the specs of the console have been said to be as followed:
Quad- Core, 8 GB of RAM, Blu-Ray support, directional audio, TV Output and Input, and “Innovative controller”, and will introduce us to Kinect 2.0
Quoted source: Gizmodo
Now, we can see this could be a very powerful machine, some even speculate that with the way the processors will run may have two separate functions, one to render one select area of graphics, while the other controls the other area. With this being said, this means that it is quite possible to format the graphics in such a way, that with or without 3D glasses or TVs, the graphics could already appear as such. This would bring center stage the scenary of the games lands and battles and not having to sacrifice the battle already in progress.
With Blu-Ray support added to the console, it shows us that Xbox wants to get serious with Sony, putting in the one thing that truly separated the Titans of Gaming. Will this strategy migrate any PS fans?
Doubtful, but with this caviot, it could help to solidify the decision for those who have remained constantly on the fence for the current Console Wars.
The “innovative controller” is something that has been of great speculation here at the office, something that I can’t openly discuss some items, but what I do know is that Microsoft opened a patent for a device that would project the seneray of the game into the room around you, giving you a more immersive experience. This bodes well, for those who have been pushing for the realm of Virtual Reality (Oh! Me!), as it shows the barrier we have reach with current Kinect/Move systems is now finally being pushed upon. Expansion and Creation.
Publicly Access Rumor Mill
Now we get down to the speculation and wild imagination of the game. As we see in the specs, Xbox plans on doing a Kinect 2.0 and an “innovative controller”, well while digging around a bit, I came across some possibly unknown video and data that could lead to a better experience, and could possibly bring what I’ve been hearing about in hushed tones, to reality.
I’ll post a video below of this, but what this is is Microsoft Digits, a technology that seems to be something well experimented with, but not fully developed. Digits is a wrist mounted system that holds an IR sensor, an IR Reader, a Camera, and more IR items than you could shake a stick at. Basically, the IR laser reads finger movements and projects them into the game or simulation you happen to be in. It has been tested on smart phones, low developed games, and in AR (Augmented Reality) consoles.
The projection is low output, but shows amazing promise in what could be an improved, hands free gaming experience.
It seems to only be labeled as a Microsoft Research project and no other information could be gathered from the video and various other sources around the net. The only thing we can expect at this time is that it’s in the works, it’s about a month old (publicly) and it could be used to refine the experience Kinect gives to us.
I can’t really say I’m satisfied with the information gathered, while it sates my curiousity just a meger amount, I am still pinning for something more official. For now, I’ll leave you with the videos below and the picture of the supposed design of the next Xbox. Heaven knows it’ll change in three weeks.