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Will Xbox Infinity Be Microsoft’s New Console Title?

Posted on May 10, 2013 by Les Major

The UK branch of the International Business Times has reported that it seems the next Xbox may be called Xbox Infinity. The above logo however hasn’t been confirmed, and has even been called into question by a user on VG Leaks. Developer sources have apparently confirmed that the big reveal coming on May 21st will be named the Xbox Infinity. Is this true?

Keep in mind, none of this is confirmed for certain but this is a new possible name for Microsoft’s new console. Personally I liked Xbox 720 which was one possible name for the system which has earlier been code named Durango. Rumors also speculated this next version would just be called ‘Xbox’ dropping any numbers.

I guess we’ll have to wait till May 21st to see if this is the actual name. Whatever it’s called, we’re eager to see what the Next Gen Xbox details will be!


Next Xbox Reveal Due May 21st, 2013

Posted on April 24, 2013 by Joshua Rust

Rumors and anticipation of Microsoft’s next home console will wither to a halt on May 21st. This was confirmed today by Microsoft stating ‘A New Generation Revealed’ on Tuesday, May 21st at 1pm ET/10am PT/6pm GMT. The conference will stream on  Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE and on Spike TV for people in US and Canada.

I’m extremely excited, eager, and not so much concerned as I am intrigued to see what Microsoft has been cooking up for us. I like how they decided to not play games with Sony (who as you know took initiative to reveal first…without showing off the actual box) and are revealing the new console on their own terms despite fanboy criticisms of lack of information for the new Xbox.

Hopefully all of these rumors of “always online” and “no second-hand games” will be addressed. I personally don’t think it will be always online, I think they will allow the option for people who don’t have a decent connection to still play games. I’m pretty sure there won’t be a ban on used games either, but the question is if they are going to find a way around it to still make money off used game sales…We will see.

The next generation starts when Microsoft says it does, and that will be on May 21st. Stay tuned!


RUMOR: Next Xbox Won’t Be “Online All The Time”

Posted on April 10, 2013 by Joshua Rust

So here we are again with the rumors surrounding the next console from Microsoft. Durango, NextBox, Xbox, Xbox 720…whatever you want to call it. We know that many gamers and loyal fans have all but jumped ship in spite of the rumors going around about having an “online all the time connection.” Well, those are rumors and until Microsoft fully announces what they plan to do with the next console all we have are rumors so adjust accordingly.

VGLeaks.com reports today that the always online functionality is in fact false, so claims their source.Read More


Gamestop CEO Says ‘Xbox 720’ Is HOT!

Posted on April 3, 2013 by Joshua Rust

And no, we don’t mean Red Ring Of Death hot either.  According to GameIndustry, who spoke with the Gamestop CEO over a earnings call, the retailer has been hand in hand with Microsoft and their unannounced next-gen console.

J. Paul Raines, the aforementioned CEO, had lots of positive things to say about Microsoft’s next console. Which is certainly great news for us as consumers. Especially regarding the “no used games” rumors that have set the gaming community on fire. I have my own thoughts on that as well if you care to take a gander. But to me this means that the no used games is out of the picture seeing how used games is a fair percentage of how Gamestop makes their money. If there happened to be that kind of software on the NextBox, I don’t see the CEO of Gamestop being to thrilled about it.Read More


“Next-Xbox” Beta Testing Is A Scam

Posted on March 14, 2013 by Joshua Rust

I’m pretty sure this goes without saying, but it’s better to report and save an individual from this scam than to let it slip by. So, I’m sure most of you probably have a Facebook account. Most of you gamers have probably seen where they are offering “Beta Testing” on the Next Xbox. Well, Microsoft, via Major Nelson, has confirmed that it is indeed a scam.

So make sure that you do NOT give out any information to these people. I’m sure that Microsoft already has plenty of people that have been Beta testing the new console for months, so please people…don’t give out your information. With that being said, we are eagerly awaiting any news regarding Microsoft’s next home console. It’s expected that news will be coming to the surface here within the next few weeks, so stay tuned!


Next Xbox Runs Multiple Games At Once, Requires Kinect

Posted on February 12, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

The race towards the next-generation is heating up, and whether or not Sony or Microsoft will acknowledge it, gamers will get their first tastes of their next home consoles in just a few short weeks with Sony’s “see the future” press event in New York City. Out of Kotaku comes a huge expose exploring some of the options developers are playing with in regards to the Xbox 720/ Xbox Durango (henceforth referred to as simply ‘Durango’).

We already knew a ton about the innards of the machine, powered by a custom AMD APU, but we didn’t really know about mandatory game installations, forced Kinect connectivity, a tweaked controller and the ability to run multiple games at once. If even 50% of these new ‘facts’ are true things are going to be mighty interesting come this fall.Read More


Is the Next Xbox Anti-Consumer?

Posted on February 7, 2013 by Joshua Rust

It’s not often that I like to express myself on rumors; with that being said, this one has floated around for a while: the elimination of used games. Now before you go grabbing your pitchforks and go on a witch hunt (keep them at arms reach though), this has not been confirmed by either Sony or Microsoft that it’s true.Read More


Rumor Has It The Next Xbox Will Have Always On DRM

Posted on February 6, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

Rumor has it that Microsoft will require a constant connection in order to use their next generation gaming console. Internet connections are almost ubiquitous now-a-days, as we live in an age where you can browse your favorite websites and play online multiplayer games at broadband speed through your phone. If these rumors are accurate then Microsoft will be taking an aggressive stance against not only piracy, but second hand games sales with the constant connection requirement in the Xbox Durango.

Edge Online brings us these latest tidbits about Redmond’s yet unannounced console. Some of this stuff we’ already knew or assumed – like the existence of a Blu-Ray drive in the console or the fact that the system will be a multi-core processor clocked at 1.6GHZ, designed by AMD. Also as speculated, the console will ship with a second generation Kinect Sensor. With rival Sony poised to fire the first shot in the next-generation race, tech specs and reports seem to be leaking from both companies at a brisk pace.Read More


Black Tusk Is Working On 4 New IP’s For Microsoft’s New Console

Posted on February 4, 2013 by Joshua Rust

It was revealed earlier today that Black Tusk Studios, formerly Microsoft Game Studios Vancouver, has been silently behind the scenes working on not one, not two, but FOUR NEW IP’s for Microsoft’s next home console (whatever it may be named).

It was previously revealed that the studio would be working on the next “the next Halo” in terms of a flagship franchise, not BTS actually working on a Halo game. There’s currently no mention on what any of the four IP’s are titled or may be about at this time.

Jonathan Brown, Black Tusk’s senior product manager and product planner, has been busy since joining BTS back in November 2010 taking on a role as “the primary product manager on four unannounced new IP and have been a key contributor to bringing these IP from the very early concept phase through green light to production. “

So, while not clearly stated, it appears that these new IP’s will be for the next generation of Microsoft’s console. Let’s just hope that Microsoft doesn’t abandon them so early in the consoles life that we don’t ever see a sequel. See Kameo: Elements Of Destruction – which was well received but never got the sequel it deserved.


Xbox Durango Production Diagrams Supposedly Leak Online

Posted on January 22, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

The rumored Xbox Durangomay have gotten its innards spilled with the supposed leak of an internal planning diagram of the console’s architecture. Not only does the document give us a look under the hood of Microsoft’s next generation console, revealing several secrets, but this latest leak jives with the rumor that Redmond has begun test fabrication of the system’s innards.

Contained within the next Xbox will be a quadcore processor  based on AMD’s 1.6GHZ APU technology, 8GBs of DDR3 ram, an 800 MHZ graphics processor, support for N Networking, a Blu Ray Drive (although it is unknown if it will play movies) and  an HDMI 1.4 port capable of outputting a maximum of 4K resolution.

That sure is a lot of technical jargon but it suggests that the next Xbox will be future proofed in order to provide developers with ample room to create games before hitting technological ceilings. For reference the Xbox 360 only has 512MB of ram and that console has produced some of the best looking games of the last year.  The 360 only started to hit technical limitations after five years or so, the Durango’s specs could rival current mid-range gaming desktops!

Source: VG Leaks via Business Insider


PS4 & Xbox 720 To Be Revealed This March?

Posted on January 15, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

We’ve been hearing about the next generation of consoles for years now, from leaked development kits to vague statements from executives we’ve got everything but an official confirmation. This may all change according to Game Informer, whose source claims that the next machines from Microsoft and Sony may be officially announced as early as this coming March. Adding even more fuel to the fire is that the announcement events will be “apple like”, meaning invites will be sent out to the tech press just a week or so before the big dayRead More


IllumiRoom Concept Unveiled By Microsoft

Posted on January 9, 2013 by Joshua Rust

Today at CES 2013 in Las Vegas Microsoft has revealed a new proof-of-concept called IllumiRoom.

Combining Kinect and a projector, IllumiRoom will illuminate the area around your television with digital projections of the scenery within the game. Cool right? Microsoft states that IllumiRoom will “change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences.”

Here is a live demonstration of IllumiRoom…meaning that there is not any tampering to make this look cooler that what it actually is.

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All of this technology will presumably on the next Xbox system that will more than likely be revealed either at E3 2013 or a month-two months before.

What games could really use this technology to it’s fullest that are released right now? Skyrim, Far Cry 3, Lost Planet?


Xbox “720” Rumors Spill Out As Xbox World Nears It’s End

Posted on November 17, 2012 by Joshua Rust

One of the many unfortunate things in this industry is that we see many developers, publishers, and even gaming industry media outlets being shut down year after year. It seems like that number is on the rise even more so here recently. Such is the fate of the people at Xbox World. So first I would like to say our thoughts go out to all that are affected over there. We wish them luck in finding new jobs swiftly.

There’s really not a decent way to break away from the above paragraph to get this next part. So, in spite of the closure…one thing that has been unveiled is new rumored details on the next-gen Xbox console. In the article of the magazine Xbox World states that the next console will simply be called “Xbox”. Not Durango, Xbox 720, or whatever else you may have heard…just Xbox. Personally, I think it fits. I don’t like the idea of “720” and Microsoft can’t go with Xbox 3 as it would create the illusion that the PS4 was a higher number so it would be better. Which, that’s not to say that the PS4 won’t be better, but that’s an argument for another time.

More details that are given in the last issue are the next-generation Kinect 2.0, it will use Blu-ray discs and feature directional audio, a TV output AND input, ‘innovative controller’ and  Augmented Reality glasses according to CVG. As well as 8GB of RAM and “four hardware cores, each divided into four logical cores”.

Here is a mock-up that was designed from Xbox World by gathering leaks from Microsoft and some industry insiders as to what the Xbox could potentially look like.


“We built ours with the same glossy face and patented VapourMG magnesium alloy Microsoft uses for its Surface tablet, and modeled the silver band after its new ‘Wedge’ touch keyboard and flexible Arc Touch mouse. The future will be black, sharp and curved.” Editor in chief Dan Dawkins told CVG: “Xbox World has been at the cutting edge of Durango coverage for over 12 months. Unless something really dramatic changes, everything we reveal in our penultimate issue will be revealed long before E3 in June.”

One thing I have to say is I hate it when Microsoft, Sony, & Nintendo state they have “innovative controllers”. I don’t think you can improve the Xbox 360 controller (or the PS3 either). But again, this is all rumor as of now and without having trying the controller out I can’t really speculate to much.

So, what do you all think about all of this? Blu-ray was a definite must and this Augmented Reality should be interesting…if it proves to be true.


Pachter: Xbox 720 Should Launch Between Oct ’13 and May ’14

Posted on November 11, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

Depending on who you talk to industry analyst Michael Pachter is someone who either a wise sage who keeps his eye on the business side of gaming or someone who talks out his ass when it comes to future events.  With the year coming to a close GameTrailers TV took a swing at guessing the future of Microsoft in 2013.

After a brief review of the year in everything Xbox 360 host Geoff Keighley posted the question of the next Xbox to Pachter. In response he speculated that the system will be announced either before or around E3 and will be available either in the fall of 2013 or late winter of 2014. He also believes that the system should include a TV Tuner that allows owners access to Comcast/HBO/Verizon and other cable subscriptions they may subscribe too.

Do you think any of this is accurate? For perspective’s sake Microsoft announced and launched the Xbox 360 within 6 months (announced in May ’05 and launched in November ’05). Check out the video below:


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