Officially, Microsoft will launch Xbox Infinity tomorrow, but the prototype specifications have already been leaked today, revealing TV, Streaming, DVR, AR and everything people could ask for in a video game console.
Microsoft has already hinted that its next-generation video game console will be called Xbox Infinity instead of the number speculated by all (720). However, in addition to IllumiRoom, which is known to ship with the future console, nothing else has made the leap from rumors to facts. So far, this is the matter. Today, the specifications of the Xbox Infinity prototype appeared with or without the Permission of the giant Redmond.
With features such as DVR, augmented reality and Streaming, the new Xbox would force Sony PS3 and Nintendo’s Wii U to eat their dust. The PS4 should contain some really serious features so gamers can look away from the next-generation Xbox. Although the PS3 has been offering a DVR and TV Tuner for a few years, this offer was only available in the land of the rising sun (it would be Japan). Sony is rumored to be enabling Streaming on its PS4, so if anything, Microsoft is doing nothing but leveling the playing field.
The strategy here seems to be to integrate as many services and features as possible into a single device. Sure, IllumiRoom and AR would require a few Add-Ons, but otherwise everything else would be built into the new Xbox.
If anyone is curious about why Streaming is needed, there could be a lot of answers, but the most important one is backward compatibility. In the years after the launch of the Xbox 360, players had to accumulate games that… ta-da… are not compatible with the next video game console, mainly due to the AMD architecture used. In this scenario, Microsoft could allow players to stream the oldest titles from the cloud.
The new video game console will be launched tomorrow, but everyone who wants to play new games on it will have to wait a little longer. The first titles will be presented at E3 in June, while the console will be released in November in two price plans. One option would be to buy the Xbox Infinity at a higher price, while the other option would be to buy the console at a lower price, while it is tied to a two-year Subscription to Xbox Live Gold.