Double the size it might be, but can the new Xbox stick it to the competitors?
After Microsoft’s disappointing showing at last month’s E3 show in Los Angeles, at which they showcased neither the successor to the Xbox 360 nor anything else of any interest to anyone, recent weeks have seen a drip-feed of unofficial – though quite possibly deliberate – disclosures about their next-gen console. A freshly leaked (though actually dating back to 2010) Microsoft document claims that the machine is to be launched at some point next year, and is likely to be called the Xbox 720. The document also reveals that the console is to cost about £190; mercifully cheap compared to the cost of a 360 back in 2005. The document leak was then followed by a series of images purportedly of an Xbox 720 development kit. The devkit, codenamed Durango, was supposedly delivered to eager developers in February of this year; a timescale altogether compatible with a 2013 release date.
All of which has led to some feverish speculation as to what Microsoft’s new machine is going to feature. Using a mixture of research (other people’s, mostly), conjecture and opinion, here is the Sabotage Times guide to Microsoft’s upcoming machine: