Next-gen Xbox to run multiple games at once, have new controllers and mandatory Kinect: Report

The next-gen Xbox that is most likely to launch around June this year at E3 and it will reportedly be able to run multiple games at one time, require a new Kinect to be always connected to the console and install games the first time itself so that there is no need to use the game disc again, according to an extensive report published by Kotaku. The report has sourced all the information from a guy called SuperDaE and reveals a lot of previously unknown facts about the upcoming console codenamed Durango.

According to the report the source claims to have played some games on the new console and says that the console is reported to include an 8-core, 64-bit CPU running at 1.6ghz, an 800mhz DirectX 11.x graphics processor unit and alongside them, various “custom hardware blocks” that are able to handle certain individual tasks, taking the strain off the main CPU. There’s also 8GB of DDR3 memory, along with a small amount of flash memory for system-related tasks.

The Durango will also support 3D, have a built-in Wi-Fi, HDMI or S/PDIF ports and support up to 7.1 audio channels. In terms of storage, the Durango will come with a 500GB HDD which will mostly be used for games, which must now be installed immediately upon first insertion of the game disc. Durango game installations will also be mandatory, as games can’t directly access data from the disc, giving more weight to our report on the Xbox not allowing the use of pre-owned games. Another feature that will quite simply revolutionize console gaming is the ability to run more than one game or app at once. It will allow games to be put into “suspend” and “constrained” states, which seemingly allow users to pause a game, switch to a second game, then return to the first game without losing their place.

The report further states that the other major changes will be to the Kinect camera and the Durango controller. The new Kinect will be a much improved version of the current-gen camera and unlike now, it won’t be an optional accessory but will ship with every console, but it must be plugged in and calibrated for the console to even function. The Kinect will now always be watching you and will also be able to track up to six individuals in the same room. The controller on the other hand will follow the same button layout as the current-gen, but will have a “new wireless technology”, according to Microsoft. This could probably point at capabilities similar to the Nintendo’s Wii U controller.

It is not certain how much of the above things will make it to the next-gen Xbox and things are likely to change as the date of the launch draws near. For now though all the people in the gaming world including the folks at Microsoft will have their eyes on a Sony’s upcoming event on 20 February where it is likely to announce the PS4.

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