Kotaku have posted some detailed information from a white paper on the next version of the Xbox, code named Durango. The leak confirms the device will feature 64-bit D3D11.x 800GHz GPU, an 8-core x64 1.6GHz 4MB L2 CPU, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB of on-board memory, USB 3.0, HDMI-out, and an optical drive for 50GB discs. The also confirmed the device will come with an upgraded Kinect which "must be plugged in and calibrated for the console to even function." The Kinect 2.0 will be able to capture up to six people at once, record 1920×1080 colour resolution, more trackable joints, improved depth resolution and more. The device will also be able to juggle more than one application at a time, feature a new controller with a new wireless technology, feature better Smartglass integration and much more. Read all the details at Kotaku here. Via Engadget.com ...

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GamerAnx.com reports that a well-known gaming figure, Hector Martin or otherwise known as "Marcan," may have spilled the beans on at least one aspect of the next Xbox’s processor specs, noting the device “only” ran at 1.6 Ghz, half of the 3.2 Ghz of the current generation Xbox 360. The information was delivered in the context of disappointment in the 1.2 Ghz clock speed of the new Wii U, with Martin countering: If you want more evidence that MHz isn’t everything, a little birdie points out that Durango (Xbox 720) is specc’ed to have a 1.6GHz CPU. Food for thought. (And don’t bother asking me who that little birdie is.) Of course clock speed was more of an obsession with the last decade, and by 2012 we have now learned that clock speed is far from the be all and end all of performance. A larger number of dedicated cores ...

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Citing the usual “people familiar with the company’s plans”, Bloomberg has confirmed Microsoft is planning to release a follow-up to the popular Xbox 360 console by Black Friday next year. They did not expand on the features of the new console, but earlier leaks suggests the device will have a newer version of the Kinect sensor and the ability to play Blu-ray disks. Apparently Microsoft is still deciding between whether to announce the console at E3 or in a separate event. Bloomberg did not comment on rumours of the so-called Xbox Mini, which would be more streaming media and less games orientated. Read more at Bloomberg here. Via the Verge.com ...

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CVG reports that XBox World Magazine may be about to leak all the details of the next Xbox console in their next issue. In their £4.99 issue they claim the Xbox code named Durango dev kit boast a CPU with "four hardware cores, each divided into four logical cores" and an impressive 8GB of RAM; will feature 4 player, finger-tracking Kinect, Directional Sound, Blu-ray support, TV input and output (like Google TV), an ‘innovative controller’ and at a later stage of the console’s life – Augmented Reality glasses. 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." To read the full 8-page feature, buy the latest issue of Xbox World online or on Apple Newsstand here (UK) ...

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There is no surprise that Microsoft is working on next generation Xbox platform. But this information leak provides us much information about the creative brains who are working on the next gen Xbox. Gematsu has spotted several LinkedIn profiles of Microsoft employees who are working on this future platform. From Gematsu, Jeff Faulkner is acting as the “Xbox Next Gen Creative Director,” according to his profile. “Senior Creative Director for Xbox,” currently “designing the next generation of entertainment,” is Jonathan Harris, linked here. A Patrick Corrigan is “providing groundwork and integration for branding elements for next-gen Xbox on all forms of media. Ranging from print to UI across future releases of the Xbox platform.” And Joe Langevin, an “Xbox Hardware Intern at Microsoft,” is listed to be working on “high speed data buses to prevent electromagnetic interference in next-gen devices.” Source: Gematsu via: winrumos ...

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In what would be an unprecedented move, it appears Microsoft may be planning to release the next Xbox game console all the way in 2015, a full 10 years after the release of the Xbox 360. While a 10 year life span for a console is pretty usual, this is usually when the current generation co-exists with the next generation, like the PS1 and PS2, or PS2 and PS3. Even now, while the Xbox 360 is at its height of popularity, its hardware is aging, which can only limit the quality and performance of games in the near future, and widen the gap between console and desktop gaming. On the other hand, gaming has taken a turn towards the fun rather than immersive, meaning that consoles such as the Wii which does not even feature HD video, is still competitive. There is however already rumours that the next Nintendo console ...

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