It’s hard to believe that the Microsoft Xbox 360 release date was nearly eight years ago, given the way in which it’s still flying off the shelves and being pushed further each day with the highest-end games on the market. However, attention is beginning to turn in droves to the fabled Xbox 720, which is not only expected to up the ante massively in terms of power, but shortly be announced for a pre-Christmas release date this year…alongside the Sony PlayStation 4.
Making head or tail of the various rumor and so-called leaks is tricky, but by adding together the pieces and imparting a little common sense it’s certainly possible to draw at least a couple of interesting conclusions.
First of all, we’re now hearing several new reports that the Xbox 720 will be dependent on its all-new Kinect motion control system in order to function – rather than it being an optional extra. Not only will this likely come as a great news for fans of the current Kinect controller, but also a thousand and one game developers who will summarily not have to decide between Kinect or no Kinect with their titles.
Elsewhere, sources claiming inside knowledge of the project have stated that the Xbox 720 will force games to be installed in order to be played – the Xbox 360 offering the choice of whether to install games in full or play them from disc. If true, one of the biggest benefits would be the ability to run several games or pieces of software at the same time, using a similar process to app-switching to effectively pause one and jump into another. True, plenty of space will be required for said installs, but we’re also told that a 500GB hard disk will be fitted as standard.
Last but not least, one thing we’re now pretty confident the Xbox 720 won’t feature is antipiracy technology that effectively rules out the possibility of playing resale games. While the concept might sound feasible by rights, there’s little to no escaping the fact that to prevent the use of second-hand games would see millions of would-be buyers the world over swinging right over to the PlayStation 4 camp where they’ll no doubt have all the freedom in the world to buy and use cheaper pre-owned games.