While most people were celebrating Father's Day this weekend, the gaming world was rocked to the very core when an alleged 56-page document document (with images) claiming to detail Microsoft's next-gen Xbox plans surfaced.
Based on the "leak," the next Xbox could feature six to eight 2GHz ARM/x86 CPU cores, two more ARM/x86 cores for a lightweight OS and three PowerPC cores for backward-compatibility.
It'll reportedly have a Blu-ray drive, DVR, support 1080p, 3D, game streaming and will be a "sophisticated, silent, always on, green device." The document also described a refreshed model of Kinect tentatively called "Kinect V2" that'll be capable of tracking four players with better accuracy in "closer, wider, deeper" spaces than the current Kinect.
If you're getting all worked up over those scraps of info, the long document also included something called "Fortaleza Glasses" that'll supposedly provide real-time info on people, places and objects through Xbox Live. Might this be a Google Project Glass challenger, but built for the virtual world? Maybe.
According to the document, the next Xbox will launch during holiday 2013.
Two things strikes us as off: 1) the document could be an outdated roadmap as it refers to the competition as the Wii 2 (we all know it's now called the Wii U and have known since mid-2011) causing some to believe the file was drafted up in 2010 and 2) the console is referred to as the Xbox 720 — a name that the media and gamers have unofficially dubbed the next Xbox — never an official Microsoft codename.
If you visit the Scribd link now, you'll only find:
"This content was removed at the request of Covington & Burling LLP."
Covington & Burling LLP is a law firm that represents Microsoft. While we're unable to confirm whether the document was legit, a takedown notice usually indicates it has or had some factual truth.
We (gamers) might be ready for a new Xbox, but Microsoft thinks the 360 still has some life in it. Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer recently spoke to GameSpot saying he believes there's still some life ahead for it:
"Right now the Xbox 360 is really healthy and it's doing incredibly well. I think the 360 has a lot more than two years [left]. It has legs for a long time."
Are you tired of the 360/PS3 or what?