A report from EDGE today claims that the next-generation Xbox will require a internet connection as standard, and will block used games. The “New” Xbox, Xbox 720, Xbox 8, Next-Box or whatever the final name will be called is said to also ship with the largest HDD that Microsoft has ever put in a console to date!
The spec’s for the console have been confirmed to EDGE as having “an AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM.” Retail game discs will ship out on 50GB Blu-Ray and development studios working with the next-gen Xbox are being forced to work only with approved development libraries from Microsoft. The report also adds that Microsoft will have a more reliable and responsive Kinect at launch for the “new” Xbox.
Some of the information I’d say is common-sense and pretty obvious – largest HDD, use of Blu Ray, improved Kinect since Microsoft already previewed illumiroom and sadly again no source can 100% confirm the name of the console or detail functions of the next-gen Xbox LIVE Dashboard. Sadly, nothing was mentioned about the touch-screen controller that has been rumoured for some time…
Microsoft is rumoured to be gearing up for a next-gen Xbox reveal early spring with a full blow-out at E3 2013.
We’ll keep you updated in due course.