It shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone that Microsoft did not reveal any next-generation console details at E3 2012. If Nintendo, who is planning to launch the Wii U later this year, didn’t reveal much at this year’s E3, why expect Microsoft to do so when they’re expected to launch the Xbox 720 in late 2013?
That actually brings us to the meat of the article – where do we currently stand in terms of Xbox 720-related rumours?
One of the more recent leaks involved a business plan in PDF format – all 56 pages of it were posted on several file sharing and news-related forums. These files didn’t last long on the Internet, as Microsoft quickly spotted their online existence and demanded that they be taken down – a telltale sign that this leak wasn’t a bunch of fake rubbish being passed off as the real thing.
The essence of the leak was a fall 2013 release for the Xbox 720 and what appears to be a new version of Kinect.
This document went on to include possible price points for the Xbox 720 – how’s about $299 including the rumoured new version of Kinect?
In our currency, that isn’t even 200 quid, but on the other hand, we haven’t mentioned yet that the document was dated August 2010. It’s likely things have changed since then, as $299 US dollars for a next-gen console seems too good to be true.
Also included in the leak were some of the possible features that would be found on the Xbox 720. Full 3D display was highlighted – just think how brilliant images and videos would look on the new Xbox, if this feature is implemented. Reality glasses (not unlike Google’s Project Glass) were mooted, and of course, we can’t forget Kinect V2, a much-improved version of the original.
This may have been one of the most authentic leaked documents posted thus far, but right now we can only hope that most of the details included ring true whenever the Xbox 720 is ready for launch.