Just hours before Sony presumably takes the wraps off of its next-generation PlayStation
, we're now faced with a fresh leak that details some of the more vital aspects of the next-generation Xbox. Every so often, we hit a period of rapid competition from console makers, and with the Wii U
freshly in stores, it looks as if the rivals are now readying their final stretch as well. On the Microsoft front, the next-gen Xbox is surely in the pipelines, and we're inching closer and closer to a global release. With Kinect launched mid-cycle for the Xbox
360 (and going on to be remarkably successful), there's little doubt that Microsoft will be leaning heavily on voice and motion gestures as input devices for whatever's next.
A new leak names a next-gen console as "Durango," with each Durango (even the base units) shipping with the future iteration of Kinect. In other words, Microsoft will be leaning so heavily on motion and voice, that every single next-gen Xbox will include it from the factory. Beyond that, the sensor technology is said to be markedly better than the one introduced years ago. There's an improved field of view (allowing more players to compete), higher resolutions are recognized (for more precise movements), and there's far less latency (for quick responses from the console). Essentially, it's going to be faster, better, and more capable in just about every notable area. And yes, 1080p resolution and USB 3.0 inputs are touted as well.
It'll be interesting to see if Sony
follows suit today, and if it integrates a next-generation Move platform into the PlayStation 4. Motion gaming has taken off in a major way, but it's unclear if Sony is completely sold on it. While Kinect was a barn-burner for Microsoft, Move didn't do as well for Sony. Let the next-gen console wars begin!