Reports are saying that the next Xbox will begin production late in the year and be released in fall 2013.
Production of Microsoft’s Xbox 720 is expected to begin by late in 2012 and will have a GPU coming from AMD’S 6000 series. IGN reports that the Xbox 720 is expected to have six times the graphic capability of the Xbox 360 and have 20 percent more power than Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U.
According to sources, the new Xbox will be introducing a new version of Kinect, its hands-free sensor system. Kinect 2 would have an on-board processor, which would more effectively detect a users' motion. Also, the Xbox 720 is expected to have a smaller controller.
Kotaku.com reports that Microsoft plans to include an anti-used game system in their Xbox 720, but it was not certain exactly how they had planned to do so. One method would be to link a game with a user’s Xbox Live account, but that can be beaten by keeping a system offline. Used games are a solid source of revenue to retailers like GameStop.
Microsoft released a statement about the anti-gaming restriction rumors that read, according to CNET, “As an innovator we're always thinking about what is next and how we can push the boundaries of technology like we did with Kinect. We believe the key to extending the lifespan of a console is about the games and entertainment experiences being delivered to consumers.”
But Nerdreactor.com reports that Game Stop has scheduled a number of store closures in Northern Ireland, and wonders whether they are a reaction to the Xbox 720 reports. Other reports say they plan to close all of their stores in Europe, according to the site.