Leaked Microsoft document details XBOX 720, coming 2013 with improved Kinect hardware

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The Verge has reported that a leaked 56-page document that’s supposedly from Microsoft details the company’s plans for their next gaming console, the XBOX 720. Hardware-wise, the XBOX 720 is an incremental improvement over their old machine, and will carry Blu-ray support, native 3D output and glasses, concurrent apps, and additional sensor and peripheral support. The document promises 6x the performance jump from the old machine, and will either have six or eight ARM  or x86 cores running at 2GHz each with 4GB of DDR4 memory with three PPC cores clocked at 3.2GHz for backwards compatibility with old XBOX 360 titles. On the Kinect side, you’re looking at higher accuracy when replicating movements, four player tracking, higher voice recognition accuracy, better RGB camera and dedicated hardware processing. The document also details “Fortaleza” Kinect Glasses, a research project that the company has been working on. From the description, the project seems to be similar to Google’s Project Glass, though the document details a 2014 launch target date, so it’s unlikely that it’ll show up along with the XBOX 720 next year.

Source: The Verge