The UK-based magazine Xbox World has revealed that their penultimate issue (the publication is closing its doors in December) is on sale now and features an 8-page blowout of everything they know about Microsoft’s next generation Xbox console.
Xbox World has a good track record when it comes to next-gen Xbox leaks, and the publication’s EIC Dan Dawkins stated that everything in the current issue will be “revealed long before E3 in June”, adding “unless something really dramatic changes”. As such, it is worth taking note of the details they are reporting, but keep in mind nothing is official until Microsoft gives the high sign.
XBW claims that Microsoft will not include a number after their next console’s name (like “720“), and intends to simply call the device Xbox. The article also contends that the system will usher in Kinect 2.0, include a Blu-ray drive, feature directional audio, have TV output and input, come with an “innovative controller” (whatever that means), and at some point support AR glasses.
Current Xbox development kits are said to have a CPU with “four hardware cores, each divided into four logical cores” and the system comes with a whopping 8GB of RAM.
XBW also provided a mock-up (seen on the cover of the issue above) of what they are expecting the Xbox to look like based on current Microsoft hardware design trends.