Chicks dig Gamesta!
Find Us on Facebook
It seems like no one in the video game world can keep things under wraps any more. A recent document, leaked out of Microsoft, could reveal some major details about the next Xbox console. The document has been removed, via a request from Microsoft’s lawyers, but we’ve got all the juicy details for you.
The Xbox 720 (we never thought they’d actually go with that name) will reportedly launch in 2013 with a $299 price tag. The console will feature a Blu-ray drive and will be bundled with version 2 of Kinect (which will allow 4 players and will work in smaller spaces), while also focusing heavily on integrating with tablets (think: Smartglass).
The most notable thing in the document is the mention of Microsoft’s next big peripheral, which allegedly would not be ready for the system’s launch, but would come out later. The technology is dubbed Fortaleza (which, like Natal, is a state capital in Brazil) and will function similar to Google’s “Project Glass”. You’ll put on a pair of glasses and it will provide you with a real world looking HUD for the game you’re playing. The possibilities are endless, but a major one could be that all of the HUD displays that are currently on your screen (health, ammo, mini-map, etc) will instead be displayed in a virtual reality manner using your glasses.
The document, which was actually created a year ago, also projects a 10 year life-cycle for the console and will focus heavily on cloud interaction, allowing you to stream your media library anywhere.
$299 is a very competitive entry point for a launch console anymore, in addition to the graphical/memory enhancements that a new console would surely bring, is this enough stuff to get you to drop $299 on a new console in 2013?