SmartGlass - actually really, really cool.
The first was PSM3 with the PS4 rumours, and this weekend CVG have pushed the penultimate issue of Xbox World as the leading source of all things Xbox 720.
Whilst the PS4 rumours mainly concentrated on the negatives – no used games, no backwards compatibility – there doesn’t seem to be the same angle with the Xbox-centric piece.
Of course, it’s not actually readable without buying the mag – but that hasn’t stopped the promotion for what should hopefully be more than a compilation of existing rumours.
Indeed, CVG say Xbox World has “good form” with regards to next-gen leaks, and cites “confirmation” of previous articles that said the new Xbox would have augmented reality and directional sound as both appeared in the June leak, which Microsoft tried to close up and remove from the web.
“Xbox World has been at the cutting edge of Durango coverage for over 12 months. Unless something really dramatic changes, everything we reveal in our penultimate issue will be revealed long before E3 in June,” says the magazine’s Editor In Chief, Dan Dawkins, suggesting that like Sony, Microsoft will show off the new console before Los Angeles next year.
Despite the magazine running with “Xbox 720″ in big letters on the cover, the magazine says the next Xbox will simply be called “Xbox”. It’ll feature Kinect 2.0, use Blu-ray discs and – yes – directional sound and augmented reality via glasses. It’ll also have TV input and an “innovative” controller.
According to the mag’s final ‘exposé’, the next-gen Xbox – which it speculates is likely to be called simply “Xbox” – will introduce Kinect 2.0, use Blu-ray discs and feature directional audio, a TV output AND input, ‘innovative controller’ and – at a later stage of the console’s life – AR glasses.
CVG also point to the 8GB of RAM reports, which Xbox World has also run with in the feature, which apparently spans 8 pages. The new Xbox CPU will have a CPU with “four hardware cores, each divided into four logical cores.”
It’s tricky to figure out how much of this is actually going to be new and how much is recycled from internet rumours and gossip, but if those 8 pages are all new, solid information then that’s one hell of an issue. I’m personally wondering why SmartGlass, which will surely play a very strong role next gen, isn’t mentioned in the teaser. Unless, of course, that’s the “innovative” controller…