The next Xbox console has been in the headlines lately with various speculation surrounding when any such device will be coming available. Earlier this month there was even talk the new console that was codenamed Ten was set to be released towards the end of next year. We now have reports that the Xbox 720 release date is to bring not one but two new models.
Only yesterday we had a statement from Sony saying it wasn’t in their best interests to release their new console long after the competition. CVG are reporting that Microsoft is looking to release two new models with its next console.
One of these is alleged to be a scaled down system that the company will release as cheaply as possible, and would be more like a set-top box. This could be used more for things such as Netflix and also have a “Kinect-themed gaming portal“.
This would come alongside the full console that will have an optical drive, and hard drive with backward compatibility that will focus on the hardcore gamer with a higher retail price. There are also claims that Kinect will get a major upgrade and come bundled with the console.
We have already heard the company has big plans for Kinect with new hardware promised for PC users, and rumors that Microsoft is also looking at TVs with integrated Kinect. It is now being rumored that Microsoft could announce its next console at the CES event in Las Vegas in January next year.
Obviously there is more than one version available of the current Xbox 360, but if these rumors are true Microsoft could be looking to diversify more next time round. Do you think next year is too soon for the next Xbox?
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