As the year progresses, rumors about the upcoming generation of Xbox and PlayStation consoles are increasing in volume. This week brings us a fresh bout of rumors regarding the Xbox 720 console, which is said to be codenamed 'Durango.'
Kotaku's Stephen Totilo and Luke Plunkett cite a source with 'access to next-gen information' that says the new Xbox won't work without Kinect. According to Kotaku, this source's information comes from more than 20 white papers and the site says some of his information matches up with information it has received from other sources.
As far as Kinect is concerned, every Xbox 720 will be bundled with the next version of Kinect, and the Xbox won't operate without it. This Kinect is capable of tracking up to six people at any one time. The idea is that studios will be able to develop games that incorporate the peripheral.
Games will have to be installed right off the bat, and they'll go onto a 500GB harddrive that will ship inside every unit. However, they can be installed in the background, as the user plays the game, and gamers will also be able to switch from one game to the next without having to shut the first title down completely.
Specswise, Kotaku's source talked about an 8-core, 64-bit CPU running at 1.6ghz, an 800mhz DirectX 11.x GPU, 8GB of DDR3 memory, an optical drive (for 50GB disks), support for 3D content in 1080p, HDMI-out, and USB 3.0.
Sony is expected to unveil its next generation PlayStation console next week in New York while Microsoft will no doubt show off what it's got either in the run up to E3 or at the show itself in June (the company refused to comment on Kotaku's story). Both consoles are expected to hit stores before the holiday shopping season at the end of this year.
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