Rumor: Xbox 720 to Contain Blu-Ray and Require Constant Internet Connection?

In another post on VG247, a source close to the website claims that the next generation Xbox, will contain a blu-ray drive and require a constant connection to the internet.

The story goes on to detail some of the tech specs that are expected to be in the console, including 4-6 cores, with dedicated cores for OS and Kinect. The next generation of Kinect is said to be built into the console as well.

Graphics wise the console may come with a dual GPU based on AMD’s 7000 series cards, though it is said “not CrossFire or SLI”.

So what do you think about this rumor, true or false? Let us know in the comments below, or sign up to the forum and chat about it there.


Rumor: Playstation 4 to Launch Before Next Xbox?

According to sources close to VG247, the Playstation 4 will be released before the next Xbox, launching during the christmas 2013 period.

The source stated that Sony “is confident” of getting to the market before Microsoft, this would be smart on Sony’s part, as the Xbox 360 beat the PS3 to the market by a long way, getting a jump in the sales market before the PS3 could even get out the gate.

Other exciting elements that were hinted at by the source were Vita and PS4 connectivity, which was hinted at last week, as well as “Top Line Publishers” close to Sony already having the specs for the new console.

So what do you think? Will Sony get the next iteration of the Playstation to the market before the Xbox, getting that jump they need on sales? Or does this rumor sound like lies to you? Let us know in the comments below, or discuss it in the forum.

No New Xbox at E3

In a surprise move, Microsoft have come out in a statement saying that there will be no new Xbox shown at E3 this year. Rumors have been cropping up everywhere that Microsoft were readying their new console for release and a showing at this years E3. Now this could just be a ploy to take attention from Microsoft so they can have a big reveal at the show, or they could just really not have a new Xbox in the works. One that is ready to show off anyway. Guess we will have to wait till E3 for confirmation on this one.

Rumor: Next Xbox doesn’t contain a disc drive?

No Disc Drive?

According to a report on MCV, the next evolution of the Xbox won’t feature a physical disc drive, instead opting to go “with some sort of interchangeable solid-state card storage, although it is not known whether this will be proprietary or a more standard format such as SD.”

The report then goes on to claim that a 2013 release window for the console has been confirmed and a reveal at this years E3 conference is not out of the question. Following the article Microsoft offered the following statement to MCV:

“Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend its lifecycle like introducing the world to controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention. Beyond that we do not comment on rumors or speculation.”

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Windows 8 Themes preview.

Windows 8 Themes

Do you rock a dual monitor setup on your windows PC? If so you are going to be happy about the features incoming with Windows 8. Highlighted in a recent blog post, the panoramic backgrounds feature in Windows 8 is impressive, if you set up your monitors the same, any image you display will automatically stretch across both monitors.

Another new feature mentioned in the blog is the auto colour feature, this will automatically colour your Windows taskbar to the dominant colour of the background you have displayed. Its a little feature but something that adds to the overall experience of the OS.

Read the rest of the blog here.

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