More and more reports speak of the upcoming Microsoft XBOX 720 console, its features and how developers are already in contact with it.
There’s a predicted release date for the new Microsoft XBOX 720 that will continue the tradition set by its large joystick ancestor in terms of hardware choice. Everything inside the new XBOX 720 will be “off the shelf” and we’ve even got some predictions on what the specs will be.
Keeping it short, the XBOX 720 will have a quad core processor rocking a minimum of 2GHz, around 4GB of total memory (RAM and video) and new storage options, be it HDD or SSD.
The video card is easy to predict and the storage will be firstly decided by cost issues, however, no less than 160GB (SSD) and 500 GB (HDD) should be offered. A final piece in the jigsaw that is the XBOX 720 console should focus on improving the Kinect feature.
On the other hand Sony’s in-house developers are already getting ready for the Playstation 4 console which is also expected to be quite the revamp.
Sony will most likely keep their 8 core cell processor though it’s expected to see it kept in check by some downsizing and efficiency improvements. Memory is expected to also go up to around 4GB (RAM and video) and storage features should be very similar to what the XBOX 720 will offer.
Both console warriors are expected to come in with faster, more capable BluRay optics and as many connectivity options as possible.
Design considerations, joystick preferences, additional controllers and so on are rather less relevant at this point. After all, even by the best predictions, neither of these console giants is expected to hit the market in less than a year from today.
What will really be the “nuke” in each of the new generation consoles is the way they work with multiplayer features and cloud services. These two main points are what gaming are focused on at the moment and what they will be doing pretty soon.
So, Mr Bushnell, it seems you may be wrong about consoles dying.