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Xbox 720: Microsoft’s Race Against Time

by on March 28, 2013
 
Now that Sony has introduced the public to the Playstation 4, what will Microsoft's move be?

Now that Sony has introduced the public to the Playstation 4, what will Microsoft’s move be?

Sony has thrown down the gauntlet. Ever since the reveal of their upcoming system, the Playstation 4, they have managed to set the bar in the eyes of the public of what to expect from the next generation of console gaming. As a result Sony’s eternal rival, Microsoft, is going to have to work fast if they are going to get their own next generation system into the spotlight.

According to “The Next Web.com,” and “Geek.com,” it would seem that due to Sony’s unexpected reveal, Microsoft has pushed up the timetable in revealing their next generation console, “the Xbox 720”, to next month as opposed to waiting to E3 as originally planned. While it makes sense from a company standpoint to try and sway the competition, you have to wonder if the new console is ready to perform. Microsoft won’t win points with anybody with a product that is rushed out the door. Other information on this new console is not too much more than rumors at this point due to the fact that Microsoft has not been able to officially reveal it yet.

However, some of the improvements speculated for the Xbox 720 include: a much more powerful processor, expanding motion controls, a switch to Blu-Ray, and supposedly a mechanism that will lock a video game disk so it will only work in specific consoles. At this point, a good bit of this is mere speculation from limited information provided by Microsoft. Rumors also abound on what games will be available on the new system, such as Bungie’s new game “Destiny” along with a new title by Bethesda and a few more according to IGN.com.

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To me, there is a lot of promise for the Xbox 720 as well as more than a few concerns, the disk locking functionality to be more specific. Yet you can hardly blame Microsoft for now having to rush the reveal in order to keep up with the competition. That said, Microsoft will have to take extra care in making sure everything with the 720 is ready to show off. They have high expectations to meet this year and only time will tell if they can rise to meet it.

Sources:

-http://www.ign.com/wikis/xbox-720
-http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/02/22/microsoft-reportedly-to-debut-next-generation-xbox-in-april-after-being-caught-off-guard-by-sony/
-http://www.geek.com/articles/games/sony-expects-the-xbox-720-to-be-unveiled-at-april-event-20130222/

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  • March 31, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    If they attempt to change their pre-established course of action in light of Sony’s recent reveal, they’ll look like posers. Followers. If they wait too long, they’ll look like they’re just some archaic behemoth who doesn’t give two shits.

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  • April 1, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    dont block used games ,build a good reliable machine that will compete with the PS4 hardware and XBOX fans will wait for it to launch dont rush it and ship a piece of shit hardware[xbox360]

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  • DarthDiggler
    April 1, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    “Microsoft won’t win points with anybody with a product that is rushed out the door.”

    Why not worked with the 360? :)

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  • GAMER
    April 1, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    RROD version 2.O upcoming!

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  • keysy
    April 1, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Well I hope gamers are much smarter this time around and not support things that aren’t built properly. I feel that after the last Xbox they are going to have a large uphill battle to get me to purchase a new system.I’ve already lost interest in the next Xbox. Its sounding like its not even a games machine. Always on I often take my systems to work and i use them in schools so without internet??? sounds crazy, Paying for cross game chat?? (that’s all xbox live is to me). I’d rather play my wii u. Microsoft prove me wrong.

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  • MGV
    April 1, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    “However, some of the improvements speculated for the Xbox 720 include: a much more powerful processor”

    I thought MS were using the same Jaguar chip from AMD, only it being a 2 x 4 core setup instead of Sony’s custom 8 core setup? We’ll have to wait and see, anyhow, as it is all speculation for now.

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