UK gaming magazine Xbox World may soon be going into that good night (alongside Nintendo Power, PlayStation: The Official Magazine, and PSM3), but with news like this, it seems they’re making sure they go out with a bang.Their second to last issue is a doozie, and will reportedly unveil tons of information on Microsoft’s highly anticipated follow-up to the Xbox 360. For starters, it won’t have the Xbox 720 moniker and will instead be known only as the Xbox. That seems a little strange, seeing as there’s already been an Xbox, but none of this has been, or will likely ever be confirmed by Microsoft. The specs are really exciting though — it will come with a quad-core CPU, built-in Blu-ray player, 8GB RAM, and support for a head-mounted augmented reality device (possibly the Oculus Rift, unless Microsoft has their own in development) as well as the next generation Kinect. More after the jump, including some mock-ups of what the console could look like.
“Xbox World has been at the cutting edge of Durango coverage for over 12 months. Unless something really dramatic changes, everything we reveal in our penultimate issue will be revealed long before E3 in June,” said Xbox World editor-in-chief Dan Dawkins told CVG.
The console will supposedly also come with a TV input, so you can watch television on it, assuming you’re not already doing so via the myriad available apps like Hulu, Netflix, HBO Go, etc. As for the next Kinect, or Kinect 2.0 as it’s being referred to now, that could be so accurate that it can read your lips. I have trouble getting my Kinect to recognize an entire limb, so I’ll believe that when I see it.
The mockups, which you can feast your eyes on below, were created by Xbox World to give us an idea of what the console could look like. “We built ours with the same glossy face and patented VapourMG magnesium alloy Microsoft uses for its Surface tablet, and modeled the silver band after its new ‘Wedge’ touch keyboard and flexible Arc Touch mouse,” wrote Xbox World. “The future will be black, sharp and curved.”
Check it out below and let us know what you think. Is this stylish enough to earn a place in your entertainment center, or do you require more style?