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Anonymous Tipster Claims Next Xbox Will Be Called, Wait For It, "Xbox"

But it's not quite that simple.

According to Pocket Lint, the next-generation Xbox console will be called exactly that: Xbox. Citing an anonymous source, the website says that the much rumoured Xbox 720 moniker is out of the window, with a return to the original console’s branding. Confusing? Yes, probably. Just look at Wii U.

The site also says that the Xbox will be the hub for multiple other “X” branded bits of hardware, including a gaming tablet called X-Surface. This tablet won’t have any apps of its own, it’ll just connect to the Xbox and play games. “It will not have a desktop as part of its operating system,” says the site, “rather be entirely focused on playing full console-quality games.”

That sounds lovely.

Pocket Lint also points out that there’s an internally running version of Watch Dogs at “55-60fps” on the Xbox, it’ll have AMD components and an 8-core 1.9GHz CPU.

What’s also emerged since, though, is that multiple sites were apparently sent all this information by the same tipster. We can’t verify that, because we weren’t sent anything, but if this is true then it suddenly puts all of the above in a slightly different light and makes believing Pocket Lint’s anonymous source a little trickier to stomach.

Nonsense? We’ll see soon enough.

Update: yep, nonsense. Amazing.

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28 Comments
  1. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    News just in! Sony have decided that their next console will be under the electronics brand “Sony”

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 11:23.
  2. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    Good idea to drop numbering.

    Leaves the door open to more frequent updates to the hardware & a release cycle approaching Apple’s with similar approach to game compatibility too as things go more digital.

    The same tipster posting it around multiple sites makes it pretty unbelievable though.

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 11:23.
    • jimmy-google
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      If they go down the frequent hardware updates there’s no way I’d buy one. The greatest thing about consoles is that you don’t have to replace the hardware regularly. If you replace the hardware regularly isn’t it essentially a PC?

      They’d have to keep the price down as well. Yes there are some happy to spent £400 every year on a new iPad but considering the Vita was seen as too expensive at £200 it sounds like a bad route to go down.

      Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 12:49.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        Well you don’t have to replace them… iPad2 still going strong despite New iPad and then iPad. (3 & 4). Games are still designed for iPad 2 and have enhancements for the 3 & 4.

        Also, replacing PC hardware regularly is a massively overstated ‘problem’.

        Games are generally designed for what the bulk of people own, does everyone own a bleeding edge machine that costs thousands, or does everyone own something broadly in line with the price of a new console launch & keep it for a few years.

        Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 14:52.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        Dammit.

        The buy once, sit on it for 5 to 7 years business model is broken.

        Microsoft lost $3bn on gaming this gen and Sony lost $5bn.
        https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmSmlk-Wo4uhdEhXMy1GcmFERGQ2TGtkdll2OVBXNGc#gid=0

        Meanwhile other business models make billions.

        Businesses will go where the money is & the model seemingly most TSA readers prefer could be a minority, niche model and by the time these consoles launch, most of their target target demographic could be doing other things for kicks, much like Sony has found with the Vita.

        Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 14:58.
    • djhsecondnature
      Since: Forever

      More frequent hardware revisions is a terrible idea.

      Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 16:11.
  3. Starman
    Member
    Since: Jul 2011

    I wish they’d just announce the bloody things so all this speculation would stop! Its not gonna help sales if nobody knows about it until 2 weeks before release is it?!!

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 11:26.
  4. Taylor Made
    Member
    Since: Oct 2011

    Xbox 360 didn’t make sense anyway. But maybe they calling it Xbox to forget that big box they first released.

    Metal gear demo is live on ps by the way

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 11:37.
  5. KeRaSh
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Dropping the number certainly confused people when Apple did it with the iPad, howerver I don’t think it would be that confusing with consoles since the release cycles are much further apart from eachother.

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 11:47.
    • jimmy-google
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      Apple have only dropped it so less people spot how many they’re releasing and too many devices with numbers becomes a bit confusing especially when the iPad mini would be a different number to the main iPad and then the iPhone and iOS is another numbers too.

      When the iPad becomes the iPad 10, 11 etc… it all sounds a bit stupid. as well

      They only used 360 because Xbox 2 doesn’t sound as new/impressive against PlayStation 3. I’m not sure they thought ahead as to how they’d name something after the 360.

      Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 12:42.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        I know what their intentions were but since the refresh cycles were so close together, their strategy backfired and people got really confused. Many people still held on to their original iPad (iPad 1), then you had the new iPad (iPad 3) and then the iPad shortly after (iPad 3.5 or 4, whatever you want to call it).

        Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 13:02.
      • bunimomike
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        Actually, I think Apple were being pretentious as well. The entire country is used to sequential version releases for hardware and how numbers work. From engine sizes to series of vehicles to software (Corel Draw is now on 16 but is called X6).

        Not just that but the entire country (and most of the world) is also used to spiritual successors to vehicles too. The Focus replaced the Escort at a certain Class size. Really, we would’ve been fine.

        Still, it’s one of those things that won’t really affect sales so they knew what they were doing.

        Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 13:10.
  6. bunimomike
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    “Anonymous Tipster”. Really? REALLY?

    Right, TSA, let’s make some shit up. You report on anonymous sources and they can’t all be correct when we finally know about the hardware so why not start some rumours right here and now.

    • The next Xbox will have a 90% chance of working for the duration of its life
    • The next Xbox will have good quality, exclusive games for the more hardcore gamer for the duration of its life
    • The next Xbox will be made from materials that doesn’t look like cheap tat that you buy in a pharmacy when you couldn’t care less about your nephew but you still have to go to his birthday party and you need to turn up with a present for the little shit.
    • The next Xbox will not feature a Blu-ray drive as Microsoft (along with every other company) appears to act like a total and utter child whilst arms are folded in defiance and the packaging will clearly state “We don’t use smell Sony technology”.
    • The next Xbox will be very loud. However, there’s a 10% chance it’ll be silent.
    • The next Xbox will have graphically inferior games that look ropey for the first few years until the devs get to grips with the new Etch-a-Sketch hardware and start to really wring out the power and finally chamfer those square-boob corners.

    Yours anonymously,

    Arse Magic.

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 11:51.
    • Bilbo_bobbins
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      My Dads mates daughters boyfriends works for Xbox and said it will definitely have Xbox in its name too. Plus 5 machines will have a golden nugget in each, and those who find them, will be given a tour of the factory in which the Xbox is made.

      Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 13:17.
      • bunimomike
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        Run home, Bilbo. Run home as fast as you can!

        Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 14:01.
      • Bilbo_bobbins
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        my alltime fav film that is. Charlie….its ours ! Feck off Grandad you lazy arse, I’m taking me bird innit, now get back in bed.

        Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 14:12.
      • double-o-dave
        Member
        Since: Nov 2008

        Jumping Crocodiles, Bilbo! You’ve got a lot
        to do. Comb your hair, wash your face, cut your hairy feet & polish your shoes!

        Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 14:18.
  7. Moshbag
    Member
    Since: Nov 2011

    Not sure it would be a good idea, Nintendo must be kicking themselves that they didn’t call their new one the Puu.

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 12:42.
  8. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    X-Surface? That’s almost as bad as Wii U.

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 12:45.
  9. jimmy-google
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    I’d prefer something like the Xbox Omega; sounds like some of dooms day device

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 12:50.
  10. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    sigh!

    Comment posted on 23/01/2013 at 13:15.

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