Xbox World has used its penultimate issue to publish an 8-page feature containing “everything we know” about Microsoft’s next-gen console plans.
The mag has good form when it comes to next-gen Xbox leaks, having revealed in January Microsoft’s plans for augmented reality, directional sound, and a four-player, finger-tracking Kinect, all of which were later confirmed in the now infamous leaked planning document in June.
Editor in chief Dan Dawkins told CVG: “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.”
According to the mag’s final ‘exposé’, the next-gen Xbox – which it speculates is likely to be called simply “Xbox” – will introduce Kinect 2.0, use Blu-ray discs and feature directional audio, a TV output AND input, ‘innovative controller’ and – at a later stage of the console’s life – AR glasses.
Current codename ‘Durango’ dev kits boast a CPU with “four hardware cores, each divided into four logical cores” and an impressive 8GB of RAM, XBW reports.
Xbox World has used the Microsoft leaks and industry sources to come up with a 3D mock-up of what it expects the next-gen Xbox to look like.
“We built ours with the same glossy face and patented VapourMG magnesium alloy Microsoft uses for its Surface tablet, and modelled the silver band after its new ‘Wedge’ touch keyboard and flexible Arc Touch mouse,” it writes. “The future will be black, sharp and curved.”