Xbox 720 document leak reveals $299 console with Kinect 2 for 2013, Kinect Glasses project
June 18, 2012 | Source: The Verge
Microsoft is planning to introduce its $299 next-generation Xbox console ( ”Xbox 720″) in 2013, with improvements like SmartGlass, a Metro dashboard, Kinect 2 hardware, and Xbox TV apps, according to a leaked document (now removed)..
It will include support for Blu-ray, native 3D output and glasses, concurrent apps, additional sensor and peripheral support, 6x performance increase, and true 1080p output with full 3D support and an “always on” state for the console.
Microsoft positions its Xbox 720 as the only box needed for living room entertainment in the document, providing background recording functionality for TV content and a unified Windows 8 foundation to make it easier for application developers to build apps that target Xbox, PC, and Windows Phone.
The next iteration of Microsoft’s Kinect accessory appears to be an incremental improvement over the current hardware, with higher accuracy, stereo imaging, improved voice recognition, support for four-player tracking, an improved RGB camera, and dedicated hardware processing.
Its 2014 “Fortaleza” Kinect Glasses appear to be Wi-Fi- or 4G-enabled and incorporate augmented reality in a way that’s similar to Google’s Project Glass augmented reality glasses. Described as a “breakthrough heads up and hands-free device.”