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Monday, May 20, 2013
Next-generation Xbox Coming on Tuesday


With less than 24 hours before the next Xbox or "Durango" is revealed, let's summarize the rumors that have been circulating online for many months now related to Microsoft's new device.

The eagerly awaited unveiling of the new Xbox game console will face the competition from the PlayStation 4 by Sony and the Wii U by Nintendo.

Microsoft has made it clear that it wants its new device to become mainstream and to be the center piece of your living room, helping the company better compete with Google, Apple, Amazon.com. Microsoft will be aiming for the core and casual gamer to the TV watcher and music fan, at the same time.

To that end, we are expecting a improvements from the new Xbox, which will be unveiled on Tuesday at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington. The changes could include a tighter integration with the TV and mobile devices to access to new content.

Microsoft is also expected to to integrate the new Xbox much more closely to the TV and cable or satellite box, perhaps by also allowing users to take advantage of its updated Kinect 2.0 motion-control sensor. This one will most probably include a 1,920 x 1,080 sensor.

Microsoft's SmartGlass app is also expected to be offer a way to link an Xbox to a tablet or smartphone.

Under the hood, the new Xbox will be PC-style computing device, powered by a x86 architecture - most probably a heavily customized version of AMD's "Jaguar" low-power with eight-core silicon. And since rival Sony has also pushed the performance of the GPU found on the PS4 to 2TFLOPs, it would be safe to expect a similar figure for the new Xbox.

Other rumors suggest that the device will have a 8GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB on-board storage, USB 3.0 and a BD-ROM drive capable of playing 50GB discs.

There is plwnty of confusion on whether the new Xbox will require an internet connection to function. We expect basic functions like single-player gaming and media playback to work without an internet connection.

Of course, Microsoft has declined to confirm the rumors and is encouraging fans to tune into the Tuesday event.


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