Xbox rumors everywhere

By Kip Kniskern | Posted January 26, 2012 12 comments

xbox720_logo1_1Seems like just about everyone (except Microsoft) is talking about some aspect of a new Xbox or Xbox experience lately, from Microsoft Points to powerful new processors to lots of speculation (and, we assume, a few wild guesses) about when we’ll see a new version, or new versions, of Microsoft’s gaming and entertainment console.

First, InsideMobileApps.com, “according to a source with knowledge of the company’s decision”, reported that Microsoft is apparently set to phase out Microsoft Points by the end of the year.  Microsoft Points, used by Xbox Live, Windows Phone, Games for Windows – Live, and Zune, came about in an attempt to keep down the costs of credit card transactions, both for consumers, and for publishers and Microsoft themselves.  Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg explained, as noted in a 2007 1Up.com blog post (referenced by WikiPedia):

"The reason why we do that, the core reason, is around credit card transaction fees," said Greenberg. "If we do this in bulk, we don’t have to burden the consumer with the transaction fees, or ourselves or publishers. It’s about keeping infrastructure costs down and I know sometimes it’s frustrating because you end up with odd points, but we don’t have any plans to change that."

Of course that was in 2007, before the likes of the Apple App Store and Android’s Marketplace changed the game, and it may indeed be time for Microsoft Points to fade away.

Then, a slew of rumors surfaced about a possible new Xbox “720”.  IGN.com and SemiAccurate.com reported on rumors that a new Xbox “Oban” PowerPC chip is currently in limited production, with full production coming by the end of the year and pinning a release date for a new version Xbox in “October or November” of 2103.

Then Kotaku.com published some additional “news” about the new console: that it will support Blu-Ray discs, that it could include some kind of “anti-used game system”, and that a new version of Kinect would be built into the new console:

One source familiar with Microsoft’s plans for the new Xbox said Microsoft plans to ship their new Xbox with a new version of its red-hot Kinect hands-free sensor system. The new Kinect would contain an on-board processor, a feature originally intended for the first Kinect. That processor would enable a new Kinect to more effectively detect users’ motions.

Kotaku is also hearing that “Microsoft is interested in making a smaller controller for its new console”.

We’ve reported recently that Microsoft could also be working on some kind of a “Kinect Box”, and Xbox-lite type console that would be aimed at the connected TV / entertainment market, and could be ready by this next holiday season.  In that scenario, Microsoft would be able to position itself well against the likes of Apple, who are rumored to be coming out with a new “Apple TV” this year, and Google, who have a set top box of their own.  Microsoft is still riding strong sales for the Xbox 360, with 66 million Xboxes sold to date, and the Kinect, with over 18 million sold, numbers that helped Microsoft beat expectations in its latest quarterly earnings report.

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 9:42 am
Category: Featured, News
Tags: Xbox
  • Lunchbox

    “pinning a release date for a new version Xbox in “October or November” of 2103″

    I can’t wait that long!!

    • matthewthepc

      LOL :D

  • Lunchbox

    “pinning a release date for a new version Xbox in “October or November” of 2103″

    I can’t wait that long!!

    • Anonymous

      LOL :D

  • Rickshaw

    My great great great grandkids are going to love it!

  • Rickshaw

    My great great great grandkids are going to love it!

  • northerngeek

    With regards to the rumour about locking out used games, this sort of thing was discussed back in the days of Sony’s boomerang controller:

    http://www.joystiq.com/2005/11/08/playstation-3-wont-play-used-games/

    Am I the only one who remembers this?

    It’s always too early to speak about these things seriously, rumours are fun but should hardly ever be taken seriously.

  • Anonymous

    With regards to the rumour about locking out used games, this sort of thing was discussed back in the days of Sony’s boomerang controller:

    http://www.joystiq.com/2005/11/08/playstation-3-wont-play-used-games/

    Am I the only one who remembers this?

    It’s always too early to speak about these things seriously, rumours are fun but should hardly ever be taken seriously.

  • http://www.microsoftanonymous.com BingMeUp Scotty

    XBOX live integrated TV service will take the cake if they make the right moves… android TV wants to integrate into every manufacturer but will end up with a different interface/system on each unit and the same problems they’ve had with android… fragmentation… A set-top box approach similar to MS’s xbox live tv is the best solution to integrate existing users and offer a standard across all devices… If cable box/cable companies want to get in the mix, they can use the new XBOX tv unit with kinect.

    If tv companies want to enter the fray, they will then see there is momentum on XBOX/windows and they can license windows 8 embedded + kinect to be integrated into their new TVs…

    For TV content providers, they can leverage a new live interactive TV platform for shared marketing dollars… live programming can be shown on the left 3/4 of the screen while commentary/chat stream can be shown on the right column… great for watching tv with friends, etc.. can even chat with public as well.

    Microsoft will likely use a tablet device with their new XBOX (game system and live TV) and this will allow users to chat with each other… Further more, if you want to go full screen, you can continue to interact with other users and keep up with comments, etc. on your tablet… You can also browse related apps or even have other camera angles or another channels “beamed” via NFC to your tablet from the base station.. Windows Phone Apollo? Similar feature with Nokia phones? I think this must be in the works…

    This type of approach works with existing players in the arena and phases them out over time… i.e. you still need a comcast subscription to watch live tv and chat, etc. but other on-demand programming can be built up over time… then to the point where there is enough on-demand content to justify dropping TV altogether… This gives partners time to adjust to this new paradigm instead of effectively cutting them out of the loop immediately… This solution will offer the partners a greater long term growth opportunity as they can leverage their new integration with MS (can even offer a google/Apple alternative to their customers if they like) and build in revenue sharing models for the long term.  

    Note: The set-top box version of XBOX may be able to qualify as a “home entertainment device” instead of as a gaming system, which would allow Microsoft to legitimately sell their XBOX in China.. With these additional anti-hacking measures, people won’t be able to pirate like they do here normally…

    Also, FYI the windows phone should be coming to China Q2 this year via Nokia… Guess what… Chinese people actually really like MS and I can tell you now it will be a huge hit… People don’t really want android garbage and iphone is the only competition really… Business users here will be going crazy for the Lumia 900 when it launches, hopefully via ChinaMobile… 

    Miniplug: I’m starting a casual MS blog focused on their strategery, etc…. MS fans, please have a look when you get a chance and share your thoughts! (I just started it, so don’t expect too much ;)

    microsoftanonymous.tumblr.com twitter: microsoftanon.

    Cheers

  • http://www.microsoftanonymous.com BingMeUp Scotty

    XBOX live integrated TV service will take the cake if they make the right moves… android TV wants to integrate into every manufacturer but will end up with a different interface/system on each unit and the same problems they’ve had with android… fragmentation… A set-top box approach similar to MS’s xbox live tv is the best solution to integrate existing users and offer a standard across all devices… If cable box/cable companies want to get in the mix, they can use the new XBOX tv unit with kinect.

    If tv companies want to enter the fray, they will then see there is momentum on XBOX/windows and they can license windows 8 embedded + kinect to be integrated into their new TVs…

    For TV content providers, they can leverage a new live interactive TV platform for shared marketing dollars… live programming can be shown on the left 3/4 of the screen while commentary/chat stream can be shown on the right column… great for watching tv with friends, etc.. can even chat with public as well.

    Microsoft will likely use a tablet device with their new XBOX (game system and live TV) and this will allow users to chat with each other… Further more, if you want to go full screen, you can continue to interact with other users and keep up with comments, etc. on your tablet… You can also browse related apps or even have other camera angles or another channels “beamed” via NFC to your tablet from the base station.. Windows Phone Apollo? Similar feature with Nokia phones? I think this must be in the works…

    This type of approach works with existing players in the arena and phases them out over time… i.e. you still need a comcast subscription to watch live tv and chat, etc. but other on-demand programming can be built up over time… then to the point where there is enough on-demand content to justify dropping TV altogether… This gives partners time to adjust to this new paradigm instead of effectively cutting them out of the loop immediately… This solution will offer the partners a greater long term growth opportunity as they can leverage their new integration with MS (can even offer a google/Apple alternative to their customers if they like) and build in revenue sharing models for the long term.  

    Note: The set-top box version of XBOX may be able to qualify as a “home entertainment device” instead of as a gaming system, which would allow Microsoft to legitimately sell their XBOX in China.. With these additional anti-hacking measures, people won’t be able to pirate like they do here normally…

    Also, FYI the windows phone should be coming to China Q2 this year via Nokia… Guess what… Chinese people actually really like MS and I can tell you now it will be a huge hit… People don’t really want android garbage and iphone is the only competition really… Business users here will be going crazy for the Lumia 900 when it launches, hopefully via ChinaMobile… 

    Miniplug: I’m starting a casual MS blog focused on their strategery, etc…. MS fans, please have a look when you get a chance and share your thoughts! (I just started it, so don’t expect too much ;)

    microsoftanonymous.tumblr.com twitter: microsoftanon.

    Cheers

  • http://www.todaydownload.com/ Todaydownload

    Lets get a new Xbox… :)

  • http://www.todaydownload.com/ Todaydownload

    Lets get a new Xbox… :)