Posts Tagged ‘Xbox 720’

Speculation regarding Microsoft’s next-gen gaming console is starting to gather serious pace, but it seems that not everything will pan out exactly as the majority of us have guessed. As part of their intentions to converge the brand and a wave of potential new products, Microsoft is planning on going back to the original roots of the console and calling it the plain and simple ‘Xbox’.

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It has been several years since the Xbox 360 released in a hail of glory, and with its life cycle now coming to an end, we’ve to contend with an almost weekly barrage of rumors and speculation with regards to its successor. According to the latest specs leak, the next-gen Xbox will be a real powerhouse, featuring an 8-core x64 CPU running at 1.6Ghz, 8GB of DDR3, USB 3.0 – get this – a 50GB 6x Blu-ray Disc drive. More (potentially outlandish) rumored specs after the jump!

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The next few months are shaping up to be extremely important in the console gaming space. And although we are yet to hear any official word from Microsoft or Sony regarding the intricacies of their next-generation consoles, that doesn’t always mean we can’t get the inside scoop. Following hot on the heels of yesterday’s news that Sony’s PlayStation 4 is likely to have 50% more raw computational power than the Xbox 720, we are now seeing some additional leaked information that claims to give us an insight into how the new Xbox and PlayStation will perform.

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For the last few months, gamers and tech enthusiasts alike have been eagerly expecting announcements from both Microsoft and Sony regarding their next-generation consoles. Following months of speculation and some hints at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show, an analyst is predicting the price and hardware specifications of both the next-generation Xbox and the PlayStation 4.

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Bloomberg has cited sources “familiar with the company’s plans” in revealing that Microsoft’s Xbox 720 will be ready in time for next Christmas, meaning we could be only twelve months away from the Redmond company’s next-generation console.

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It’s been six years since the release of the Xbox 360 and as to be expected, consumers are anxious to tuck in to the next installment. There have been many conflicting insights with regards to which features will and which will not make the cut of the next-gen Xbox – dubbed the Xbox 720 – but a recent report from Xbox World seems pretty adamant it will feature a Blu-ray drive and offer Kinect 2.0.

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IDC Research’s Lewis Ward has, amid a fair bit of speculation regarding Xbox and Kinect, really thrown the cat amongst the pigeons with some pretty bold statements regarding Microsoft’s next moves.

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If you are sitting in the office right considering switching jobs, and you happen to have marketing experience that involves leading development of brand positioning, can demonstrate strength and passion for managing large virtual teams and have eight years of experience, then it is quite possible that Microsoft could be looking for you to help bulk up their marketing department in time for busy eighteen months. It shouldn’t really come as a shock that Microsoft is looking for staff, but it’s the actual content of the job posting that resonates with us and leaves us a little bit excited for the future.

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For many gamers, the current release cycles of consoles is simply not frequent enough. The market leaders – Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3 – are both several years old, and while many gaming fans are content running on old hardware, the majority are looking to the future in anticipation for what’s next.

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It really isn’t a secret that Microsoft has grand plans to roll out a next-generation gaming console, thanks to a number of technical and aesthetic specifications spreading across the world wide web in the last few months. The video game industry is staggeringly large and generates billions of dollars in revenue on an annual basis for the top players in the game, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Redmond based company have their Xbox department busy producing something remarkable to capitalize on the hype.

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The Xbox 360 is getting a little long in the tooth these days, leading to rampant speculation about what the next version of the hugely popular console will be like. The biggest question though, without doubt, as to be when we will be able to get our hands on the new console. When will the Xbox 360 be retired?

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If you are a fan of console gaming and happen to prefer to stay on the Xbox side of the spectrum rather than Sony’s PlayStation, then be prepared to benefit from a little bit of excitement. According to IGN, Microsoft’s next-generation gaming console is currently being assembled behind closed doors in a United States-based factory.

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