Rumor: Microsoft will unveil new Xbox at E3 2012

It has now been confirmed by an employee within Microsoft's entertainment division, that the company intends to unveil details of the next Xbox, at next year's E3 conference. The date choice makes sense given that E3 is the gaming industry's biggest annual event. We at Neowin should stress that we can not confirm this information at this time. 

Earlier this month, Neowin covered a rumour that we would be seeing the next Xbox at E3 2012, and it has now been confirmed after a source informed BGR of Microsoft's plans for next year. The news source also briefly touched on the fact that the company had been working on the next generation of Xbox since 2006, but didn't have information regarding the launch schedule for the upcoming gaming console.

There are no real details as to what the features of the new Xbox will provide to gamers, however Microsoft have pushed for better integration with its other platforms, particularly since details of Windows 8 were released. From speculation, better accessibility for the Windows operating system and Windows Phone will be one of the console's promoted features.

Microsoft was somewhat originally late in the race for supplying gaming consoles to consumers, but the company has been able to successfully promote the console to be a big contender with the PlayStation and Nintendo. Indeed the total amount of consoles shipped worldwide of the Xbox is beyond that of the PS3. This might have been helped however, by the regular hardware updates to the platform, more recently the Xbox Kinect.

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Meconio said,
so my dreams of getting rid of physical media are over, I was hoping that one could be able to download a complete game without the need to buy a disc with the next generation of consoles, but it's way too soon it seams.

I dont think we will see that till the next xbox after the next xbox..
They are just now releasing 1gbs, THAT should be good enough for cloud gaming. Untill i get that i will not get any iteration of it (like OnLive)

lunarworks said,

Those of us with slow internet and/or bandwidth caps say "Hi".

Yeah. I really don't think we're there yet. Some people clearly don't have any issue, but I know I would never be able to download all of my games... Lara Croft: Guardian of Light was big enough...

Meconio said,
so my dreams of getting rid of physical media are over, I was hoping that one could be able to download a complete game without the need to buy a disc with the next generation of consoles, but it's way too soon it seams.

I don't think they'll go 100% download-only in the new console, in fact I'm absolutely certain they won't. But I strongly believe we'll see a bigger HDD (hopefully user upgradable like PS3 and not proprietary) and have the option for download games to our consoles if we have an internet connection capable of doing so. I also think it would be a good idea to split game downloads up into segments so you can start playing almost straight away while segment 2 downloads in the background.

Meconio said,
so my dreams of getting rid of physical media are over, I was hoping that one could be able to download a complete game without the need to buy a disc with the next generation of consoles, but it's way too soon it seams.

the day when 1Gbit/s is common place with crazy high cap or no cap at all!!!!

I just hope it still has a regular controller, not just Kinect/motion games. I also hope the Xbox Live Arcade stuff will carry over seamlessly to the new Xbox.

Enron said,
I just hope it still has a regular controller, not just Kinect/motion games. I also hope the Xbox Live Arcade stuff will carry over seamlessly to the new Xbox.

Yeah, as cool as Kinect is, I wouldn't want it to replace the controller completely.

If we get a peek at it during E3 2012, it might not actually launch until the holiday season of 2013.

And I bet it will be much more than a game console. It will be a complete media hub. You'll be able to watch network programming on it. Subscribe to premium channels like HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax. Access your channels through Windows Phone or a Windows tablet when you're on the go. It will be awesome.

Winning Guy said,
If we get a peek at it during E3 2012, it might not actually launch until the holiday season of 2013.

And I bet it will be much more than a game console. It will be a complete media hub. You'll be able to watch network programming on it. Subscribe to premium channels like HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax. Access your channels through Windows Phone or a Windows tablet when you're on the go. It will be awesome.

yea, Im just hoping they dont get lost in the media sector and forget about important gaming features needed.

Sounds a bit early for new consoles to come out. I like the fact that Sony is expanding years and new ideas into the PS3 . Although I would like to see what new technology is coming for the Xbox.

Judo said,
Sounds a bit early for new consoles to come out. I like the fact that Sony is expanding years and new ideas into the PS3 . Although I would like to see what new technology is coming for the Xbox.
Early?

Well if you think about it, it probably won't come out until maybe fourth quarter 2013. That's still 8 years after the console was originally launched.

I really hope this one supports Bluray... There is just no excuse anymore to not accept that it has won... And who really wants to have to have 2 separate devices for movies and games when it is so unnecessary...

Paralityk said,
The way I see it (hardware wise)
AMD Llano A8 chip + Some High-End AMD (ATI) GPU

In new games the in-die gpu would be used for video decoding, physics calculation, some kind of prerendering? Maybe dedicated AA&AF unit? Maybe leave it open to developers?

Also (looking into the future) noticing how a today usable cpu consists of few cores clocking at 1,6(?)Ghz+ I'm pretty sure AMD is close to unifying CPU and GPU at the lowest level, though i'm pretty sure that's just my pure fantasy.

I would guess IBM cores instead of AMD chips, but with an AMD GPU. I would guess IBM over because then Microsoft would be able to use its knowledge of PowerPC architectures, and design a processor that would be able to sustain another very long life cycle, as well as gain access to IBM's advances in processor design. I think that the x86 processors seem to have a generally shorter life-span than PowerPC in terms of computing, where the more parallel nature of the last gen game consoles seems to have lent themselves well to a long lifecycle and possibilities for optimization on the developers parts.

The shorter life span of the x86 processor in terms of performance ability a few years into the future relative to the latest software may just be due to the ever greater demands of un-optimized hardware but I do think that the more specialized design of the game consoles' cores plays a big part.

I'd say that Microsoft would go even further with decentralizing the hardware architecture and have a processor that is designed so that it is made of many many small cores, with some cores more specialized for graphics, others for decoding and kinect and others yet for general tasks. This would continue the path that they started in their Xbox 360 processor design, and would also follow the trend in computer technology, like you noted in AMD's unification of GPU + CPU at a low level.

This would give developers the ability to use the single processor as they see fit, so that in future as they figure out new ways to use parallelism, performance increases. If the processor was designed so that it was made of many hundreds of simple cores, with many hundred more complex cores (i.e cores that are more geared to graphics, sound, physics,decoding, input, etc) but giving the developer the ability to use virtually any core as they see fit (i.e use some of the graphics cores to augment the general cores), this would mean that the console would be able to sustain quite a long life because developers would be able to find new and innovative ways to use the power for many years.

This would also avoid the problems with today's consoles: for instance the PS3 has a good GPU but weak CPU.

On the other side of hardware..:

I think a new Kinect 2 would be all but inevitable, one with full HD cameras (Yet another reason for a massively parallel CPGPU that can delegate tasks to cores on the fly), and using most likely high speed USB3 connections.

Blue laser based disc format, but no Blu-Ray to avoid licencing issues. DVD usage still supported.
Fiber optic connection for TV/Internet(now this is just me dreaming but with the way Microsoft's TV strategy is going.... this could be their Xbox Live moment for TV...)
Standard wireless tech: WiFi a/g/n + bluetooth 3.0
Support for a high-speed wireless display specification( again, a dream...)
DisplayPort+HDMI out.

Flash Storage (16GB) on the motherboard for games+programs, coupled with an external HDD (hopefully not optional and stupidly expensive) for content.

On the final point: RAM.

I think that Microsoft will go for no more than 8GB RAM due to costs, and due to the fact that developers with current consoles do extremely well with only 512 MB. In fact, I think it likely that they go with only 4GB. However, I would hope (dream) for something more like 16GB especially if I were to try to really future-proof my console.


(wow that was long-winded)

Doubtful. Now, it is certainly possible that they've been planning a successor, it doesn't mean we'll see it anytime soon. I doubt any company will be able to repeat what Sony has done with the PS2 and PS3.

And for the love of god, please stop calling the next Xbox ''Xbox 720''.

I can see a new form factor, and new peripheral options like more USB ports, and the ability to be a DVR, but replacing the current architecture is a bit premature, when games graphically are not hitting any walls with the XBox 360 like they are with the PS3.

The XBox 360 GPU is old, but supports virtually everything a new GPU does today, with a lot of DX10 features sitting in the XENOs since it was designed, like tensellation, and unified shader and using the OS's VRAM virtualization.

Indeed the total amount of consoles shipped worldwide of the Xbox is beyond that of the PS3. This might have been helped however, by the regular hardware updates to the platform, more recently the Xbox Kinect.

Or the one year head start.

KingCrimson said,
The Kinect will always have to be a separate device that is some distance away from the console unit.

Or MS can shrink it down enough and sell it to TV makers so that kinect is built into the TV from the get go. You'd just have to connect the tv to the Xbox with a 2nd cable but I don't think that's an issue.

MS can shrink it down enough and sell it to TV makers so that kinect is built into the TV from the get go. You'd just have to connect the tv to the Xbox with a 2nd cable but I don't think that's an issue.[/quote]
It will be a tough sell because tv is general however, there's an option on the tv for existing kinect to connect to tv so u can change channel. Imagine switching input like saying "Kinect, watch DVD" and it will connect to dvd.

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