According to many analysts, the xBox 720 is likely to hit stores at the end of 2013. Nicknamed ‘Durango’, Microsoft has kept quiet on the hardware and other secrets they’re planning on releasing with the next generation console.
As with all next generation consoles now days, the internet is filled with more rumours and speculations that truth. It is unlikely Microsoft will be releasing any teasers this year, but current rumours include the release date of the end of 2013, the console won’t contain a disc drive, won’t be able to played used games and may have an exchangeable solid state storage option. In terms of chips, previous rumours have stated Microsoft planned to use an AMD 6000 series graphics chip, but is now likely the system will contain a more powerful chip from the 7000 series.
The fact that owners of the console won’t be able to use used games will be a sore point for many gamers. Once a gamer is finished playing a game, it has become regular for players to trade games with their friends or stores for a different game. This has become entrenched for many gamers, and if this is a feature found with the xBox 720, it is expected Microsoft will cop a lot of abuse online. Essentially, time and time again Microsoft is showing it cares more about profits than the products their making or their customers.