Xbox 720 Rumor Roundup: When Will it be Launched and What Features Will it Have?
The successor to the Xbox 360 is almost here. Microsoft has been working on its next-generation gaming console, the Xbox 720, and the plan is to release it in April 2013 — at least that is what the latest rumors are revealing.
The software giant has not revealed anything about the Xbox 720. Instead, the company continues to talk about its Xbox 360 and how well that unit still remains as a top-selling console gaming system, which continues to strengthen its high position in the market.
Release Date Rumors
The Xbox 720 debut may or may not take place in April as predicted, but insiders say its release may also coincide with June’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Gaming industry insiders agree that the new console will make its debut at this year’s annual video game conference, if not close to when Sony’s PlayStation 4 makes its launch.
Regardless of the Xbox 720’s release date, whether it’s in April or later in 2013, the newest gaming console is expected to be available in retail stores in time for the Christmas season.
When Xbox 720 does make its debut, it is expected that it will be able to stand up to Nintendo’s newest console, Wii U, which is already out, and challenge Sony’s PS4. Loyal Microsoft fans are sure to go out and purchase the Xbox console as soon as it comes out, but there are others who may be reluctant to do so at its initial release date. These consumers may take a wait-and-see approach and possibly wait for the price to drop. The Xbox is sure to be in demand and carry a hefty price tag when it first hits stores.
Xbox Feature Rumors
The Xbox 720 is expected to come with 1.6GHz CPU, an 8-core processor, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, a 6x Blu-Ray drive and possibly a second-generation of the Kinect technology.
What makes this Xbox different than the previous versions is that it is thought to be a better media hub for DVR-like media consumption and storage. It’s expected to come with a reasonably sized SSD for storing large amounts of media files. In addition, it is believed it will make use of a touch-screen controller, feature Microsoft’s IllumiRoom technology, have speech recognition abilities, use AMD graphics and contain additional graphics processing units to accelerate interactive gaming.
The unit is expected to be code-named Durango and have a few catchy labels that may or may not be attached to the new system. The Xbox 720 could be brand-named “Loop,” “Infinity,” or “Kryptos.” Naturally, there has been no mention from Microsoft on which one it will be, if any of these.
As for the price, again the rumors are that it should retail anywhere between $300 and 400.
— By Editor