A recently leaked Xbox 720 roadmap documents entitled as "Xbox 720 9-24 Checkpoint" and dated August 2010 details what Microsoft was thinking of for the future of their entertainment division.
In the leaked 56-page document Microsoft is calling the next Xbox as the "Xbox 720" and they appear to be aiming for a console that is at least six times as powerful as the current Xbox 360.
Features for the next Xbox, according to the document, will possibly include a native Blu-ray optical disc drive, with full support for true 1080p HD and full 3D, and beefed up hardware graphics and processor under the hood.
Microsoft is aiming for a system that will launch (sometime in 2013) for $299 plus a "Kinect V2" sensor, while selling more than 100 million units over a 10 year lifecycle.
The document also reveals the PVR functionality, a low power mode setting during media playback and what amounts to an always-on mode.
Bill Gates did say years ago that the Xbox would eventually become the nerve center for any living room. Also, future Microsoft devices will have universal access to content whether you're on the Xbox, your smartphone or tablet.
The aforementioned Kinect V2 sensor will improve on the original by providing a better 3D play space (closer, wider and deeper), better voice recognition, better HD RGB cameras, dedicated hardware processing and support for concurrent tracking of four players.
Here are some highlights from the presentaion slides:
- XTV - Xbox TV will be launched "Holiday 2012" and will be what it sounds like. Full support won't be till the Xbox 720 though in 2013. It will work on the Xbox 360, Phone and PC.
XTV is a combination of "linear TV, TV apps [and] DVR" alongside internet-provided services such as Netflix. This service would be launching on the Xbox 360 first later this year before a full roll-out with the Xbox 720 in 2013. It will also work on phones and PCs.
- Fortaleza (Kinect 3D Glasses) in 2014 with WiFi for living room; by 2015 it will have a cell radio/4G for use everywhere
"Fortaleza" will essentially be Kinect 3D glasses that provide a "breakthrough heads-up and hands-free" gaming experience. This will provide "seamless integration of the digital world within the physical world". Later on Microsoft hopes to bring seamless Xbox gaming anywhere on any device through the use of the cloud.
- By 2015 "Xbox experiences served up form the cloud. Instantly on any screen."
- Xbox 720 Media Hub - "Record TV in the background and serve up to any device in the household.Stream your personal videos, music, photos and more and play them back from any device. Start and play your favorite Xbox games from other devices like phones and PCs with RemoteFX technology...Take your entertainment everywhere. Start on one screen but instantly pause and play it again from any other device makes it best way to enjoy your TV, movies and music when you're on the go."
- Kinect v2 Sensor (2013) - Better 3D Play Space (closer, wider, deeper); Improved Voice Rec.; 4 Player tracking; Dedicated Processing; Improved HD
Here are some slides from the document:
Any guesses, whether Microsoft announces the 720 at next year's E3?