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Next-Gen Xbox Details: Blu-Ray, Better Controller, All Games Required To Be Installed

Microsoft hasn’t officially detailed the next-gen Xbox as of yet, but via the Durango XDK Documentation that assists developers on their journey to creating a next-gen gaming project – the addition of a Blu-Ray drive has been confirmed as well as minor hints on the next Xbox controller.

Within the Durango XDK documentation it states that every console sold will come equipped with a new high-fidelity Kinect Sensor which is a requirement for the system to operate. The new Kinect will not have a tilt-motor that is used on the Xbox 360 Kinect as a wider field of view for next-gen ensures none is needed, it also includes better resolutions and Active Infra-red for better visibility of gamers in low-light conditions. The next-gen Xbox controller bundled with the console alongside Kinect will have better ergonomics, use an improved low-latency wireless connection to the console, and have system interactions to the console that will be simplified for noncore gamers.

The next Xbox will have an ‘always on, always connected’ design so that gamers can instantly stay connected without waiting for load times in starting up the console, as it will also have different power states to draw minimum electricity when not in use. It also requires an always on internet connection and will have a Blu-Ray drive as standard including a HDD since the documentation states all games will need to be installed. Playing a game from the Blu-Ray optical disc drive will not be supported, backing up claims that every game is likely to require a one-time activation code. This might not render the console unable to support used games, but it is likely that codes or passes will need to be purchased separately. The disc drive will be able to install the game as you start playing to cancel out waiting times for installation before gameplay can begin.


At least the XDK clears a few things up since it was also rumoured the next Xbox will not have a Blu-Ray drive. We now know that the console will ship with Blu-Ray, it will come with a large HDD, all games will need to be installed, games cannot be played from the drive directly, a better controller, Kinect as standard, and an “Always on, Always connected” power and internet state to reduce waiting times.

When Microsoft make announcements, we’ll keep you informed.

Via VGleaks

Next-Gen Xbox Leaker Raided By FBI


An infamous industry insider who has obtained next-gen Xbox dev kits, sold next-gen Xbox dev kits and occasionally leaked interesting information that includes the next Xbox always requiring Kinect 2.0 to be plugged in – has been raided by the FBI in Australia.

Having recently sold a Durango Development kit for around AU $50,000.00 the authorities hit his home with warrants that only mention Microsoft, Ebay and Paypal. Previous sales of Durango kits were blocked by Microsoft last year.

SuperDae quotes on twitter:

“Police raided me” –
“I find it hilarious how the warrant only really mentions “Microsoft”, “eBay”, “Paypal”.” –
“Because its a laughing matter to have an FBI agent and 7-8 POLICE in your house.”

SuperDae was first to reveal to Kotaku that the next-gen Xbox requires Kinect 2.0 as mandatory, has game swapping functions and uses brand new Xbox controllers (that have never been seen in any images so far.) He has also described the graphical leap from Xbox 360 to next-gen Xbox like playing Halo 2 on an original Xbox to playing Crysis on a powerful PC!

Microsoft has not made any announcements yet as to what the final next-gen Xbox will be capable of, but we’ll keep you posted in due course.

Source: CVG

Crytek Developer Outs Next-Gen Xbox Summit In London

Twitter – as addictive as it can be, it has a few problems with a few individuals lacking common sense at times and today was no exception. Sean Tracy, a technical designer for Crytek outed his attendance at a secret London event where Microsoft were showing off the next-gen Xbox console. Continue reading Crytek Developer Outs Next-Gen Xbox Summit In London