22 Mar 2012

Microsoft was intending to unveil the new Xbox during E3, but according to a BGR source it won't happen.  Microsoft has stated "We can confirm that there will be no talk of new Xbox hardware at E3 or anytime soon."  An insider called "MS Nerd" with a good history of leaking information about Microsoft, says that Microsoft is working on two Xbox consoles to be launched in the next few years.

"My understanding is that we’ll see a Xbox device in late 2013 which does Arcade-style games & all the current & future media apps with Kinect (with near-mode)," MS Nerd wrote on Reddit.  They went on to say "It will be an ARM-based platform price-competitive with the Apple TV (if you own a Kinect already)."

"At some point after that, we’ll see a Xbox Next, a true successor to the 360,” MS Nerd stated. "Details about it are very hazy, except that, like the 360, it will do games for core-audiences & the same media apps as the other device, also with Kinect."  MS Nerd went on to say that the Kinect controller will receive a camera upgrade after the next Xbox launches, with this new Kinect being in 2015.

The Tech-Stew Take Home

These rumors of an ARM-based smaller, cheaper and specialized Xbox actually date back to 2010 and then again in late 2011, but the posts from MS Nerd have been updated as of 2 days ago.  The real question becomes do we really need this type of new Xbox to cater to arcade games and Kinect (if there is even any truth to the rumor).  The Xbox 360 dates back to 2005 that is 7 years, an eternity when it comes to gaming consoles.  I personally would want to see development geared towards a single full-fledged new Xbox console, rather than two new ones.

Source:  bgr.com

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