- 2:17 pm - Thu, Feb 7, 2013
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THE NEXT XBOX—WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?
Sony’s upcoming February 20 announcement, has led many to speculate that the PlayStation 4 will be revealed then. While, like many I’m curious, I’m actually more interested in what lies in store for Microsoft and their next Xbox and I’m sure we’ll see some of the same features announced for both new consoles.
To fuel the already copious amounts of speculation, I’ve compiled a list of new features that might make the cut in the final console. This list is based on some of the rumors we’ve heard, features I’d like to see, and good old fashion business sense:
- Look for always-on Skype in the next Xbox. This feature will allow Skype calls without an app and Skype will integrate into everyone’s profiles, possibly replacing chat with the Skype service.
- Your Xbox will be a TV tuner box. Using technologies gained with the purchase of R2 studios, the xbox will be able to act as a Media Center PC and broadcast live television and offer DVR functionality.
- Microsoft will roll out a new XBL Gold Service with the launch of the system. Will offer a free game every month similar to what Sony does with PlayStation Plus.
- Microsoft will also offer a second camera that can be purchased and setup in gaming room to offer another level of immersion similar to what we saw with Illumiroom.
- Legacy XBL members will receive a coupon for $$$ off the new system based on years of service with XBL. The coupons range from $5 to $100 off the new console
- Everything will be available via cloud. If you so choose, you’ll never have to buy physical media ever again.
- The next Xbox will be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 but not original Xbox games. Be prepared to see more original Xbox games via XBLA.
- Kinect v2.0 will be built into the console and have a wider range to accomodate smaller/more narrow spaces. Everyone will have a Kinect!
- The next Xbox will play Blu-ray discs but will also utilize proprietary/enhanced Blu-ray technology that allows the information to be accessed more quickly and will allow future expansion of Blu-ray disc technology to expand on disc storage, simliar to what Microsoft did with DVD.
- Second-hand games will be playable natively. However, Microsoft (and Sony for-that-matter) will extend to publishers the “option” of being able to lock out used games on systems and require players to buy an activation code to get the game working on a particular system. These codes will range from $15-$30 each.
- The next Xbox will include advanced interoperability with Windows 8 tablets and Windows phones. You can “beam” games from your tablet or phone to your Xbox and play them on your TV.
No one knows for sure what the next Xbox will be like but based on what little has been rumored/revealed, it’s a good chance that some of these features will be implemented in the new console.
Do you have any theories about the next Xbox? We’d love to hear them!
Images courtesy of the fantastically talented Cory Schmitz.