The specs for the new Xbox have been rumored for quite a few years now, but the wait is over. Microsoft has finally unveiled this supposed sexy beast of a console . Being an Xbox fanboy, I truly hope this console doesn't make me rage like the last one *cough* red rings of death, or that failure of an internal DVD and external HD drive. Anyways, enough of this ranting on about how the 360 sucked up my money like a vacuum.
We've heard this before, but the rumors were correct, the new will have an AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. There is no word on the size of the hard drive, but Microsoft said it will be the largest unit created for their console. I assume the reasoning behind this is the heavy promotion of digital distribution because it's cheaper. Since it will be the largest unit in Xbox history, it'll be at least be over the 360s current 320 gigabyte hard drive.
On top of the consoles itself, consumers will receive the new Kinect along with it. So for all you people who hate motion gaming, guess what, you can't escape it. So prepare yourselves to play Hello Kitty Motion Adventures! I am really hoping to see more accurate tracking and not so many casual games on the Kinect. Playing the damn thing makes me feel like I'm playing mobile games at home on the big screen.
But by far, the most exciting announcement is that this Xbox has been confirmed to have a Blu-Ray drive. All I have to say is, it's about time they did this. Video games will finally look as though your television is a window overlooking a whole new world.
It may sound intriguing to have all these features, but there is one huge flaw to this beast of a console. Microsoft has opted to go to the route of locking games onto your profile. Usually when you buy a digitally downloaded game its locked on your account. It makes sense, but when you buy a physical copy, you have to input a product key to your Xbox. This means that no one could borrow games, trade them, or purchase used copies.
With that said, the Xbox 720 will require you to have internet. Not everyone in the world has internet or at least fast internet. Unfortunately I am one of those victims. I don't want to wait for my favorite game to release then wait another 24 hours of watching a download bar. Microsoft has their reasons for doing something like this, I'm just hoping that building a new consoling revolving purely off of Xbox Live is a good idea.
Sony is going to have their unveiling of the Playstation 4 on February 20th. The question is, are these specs enough to compete against it? According to multiple sources, all signs lead to no, but Microsoft has time to get their act together if they fall behind.
The Xbox 720 is most likely going to be announced at this year's E3 and will likely be release at the end of 2013 or quarter 1 2014.
We live in an online world, those without go without. That won't effect console sales. Everything is becoming always on from TVs to Smart Phones. As for the used game market, I'll shed one tear. On the Pc we've had CD-Keys and activations for some time.