January 26, 2012
Next Gen Xbox rumors
Its no secret the Microsoft has begun its first stages of development for its next installment of Xbox gaming hardware. Little is known but regardless rumors seep through the grape vine. The latest set of rumors to surface regarding the next Xbox are that it will introduce the next level of Kinect hardware and will supposedly the next Kinect will ship with the next Xbox.
The next gen Kinect is rumored to have an onboard CPU that will increase its motion detection (and hopefully reduce lag associated with the current Kinect), a feature that was considered for the current Kinect but never made it to the finished product.
Also the next Xbox is said to utilize Blu Ray instead of DVD, a wise choice if Microsoft intends to continue to compete. Really though it was only a matter of time before they succumbed to Blu Ray, yes Microsoft spearheaded HD DVD but it lost and its time to move on.
And last but probably the most controversal piece of unconfirmed news is that the next Xbox is rumored to use a new tech that will actually block users from playing used games on the console. Should this rumor come to fruition it will be a bad move by Microsoft. Will it kill the company or even the Xbox? no, but it will undoubtedly piss off the majority of Microsofts user base, especially the budget gamers. For brand new games this is less of an issue seeing as you only save about $5-10, but for older games that can be had for $10-30 this will create issue. Hopefully Microsoft doesnt make such a forcefull move or they will likely lose some of their revenue to those who can get the same used games for Playstation.