Xbox 720 Rumors
The excitement surrounding the release of any console always generates mass speculation and often times results in collateral wide spread panic. Avid gamers everywhere are suddenly transformed into gossiping middle school girls. Inevitably, the rumors begin to develop. As expected, the unconfirmed “upcoming” Xbox 720 features have reverberated throughout the web. Some of the possible updates are causing quite a bit of concern in the gaming community.
Blocked Second-Hand Games
Last week Edge Online suggested that Xbox 720 physical game copies will ship with activation codes, having no value beyond the initial user. Although Microsoft declined to comment regarding this rumor, discussions flared throughout forums in protest.
Over the years, the second-hand game market has experienced steady growth. This development has obvious appeal to gamers, offering value-based services as well as game exchange. While beneficial for merchants and consumers, these business models are also arguably good for developers. Generally, the lower cost of used games puts their product in the hands of people who may not have ever purchased them otherwise. That said, the nature of most games involves a franchise in some way, meaning a higher likelihood of more people waiting for new releases, add-ons, special editions, and more. There’s still revenue.
In actuality, the technology necessary for single user games has been available for years. Furthermore, nearly every console release involves a buzz about the implementation of this change. However, the potential consequences that could come from the gaming community make the possibility of blocked second-hand games seem unlikely.
Apps and Multi-tasking
The Xbox 720 is also said to be able to run multiple apps at the same time, a comparable function to that of a smartphone. The real interest revolves around the rumored ability to suspend games, i.e. holding a game in a suspended state while playing another, and allowing the gamer to relaunch suspended games at any time.
The next generation of Kinect is perhaps the most varied Xbox 720 theory circulating the web at the moment. Some speculate that it will be an accessory available for separate purchase. Other gaming trades report that it will be included in the release. Overall there is much discussion regarding what role the Kinect will play in upcoming games. Many gaming sources and forums maintain the belief that it will be integral to every game and function.
The new Kinect sensor may also be able to track up to six people, notice faces instantly, and even detect emotions. Although these specs have yet to be confirmed, many gamers question the necessity of these extensive features.
Kinect 2.0 will come with the recently showcased IllumiRoom feature, allowing users to project the game on the walls, turning the whole room into a complete gaming environment. This (already demonstrated) feature is widely discussed and anticipated amongst the gaming community.
- 8 core, 64-bit CPU clocked at 1.6GHz
- 800MHz DirectX 11.x GPU
- 8GB DDR3 RAM
- 50GB 6x speed Blu-ray
- 1080p 3D output
- Built-in 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Ethernet
While the features and specs of Xbox 720 have yet to be confirmed, gamers have plenty to discuss. Meanwhile, Microsoft has the advantage of widespread user opinion to take into consideration before the release of the new console.