It seems that Microsoft’s plans for the upcoming 360 successor have been made public via a leak. An internal strategy document was recently found on Scribd.com that gives a strikingly detailed look at the company’s plans for the new console’s hardware, and doesn’t it sound delicious.
Throughout 54 pages, the document details many curious additions and proclamations about the yet-to-be-announced system, such as the inclusion of a Blu-Ray drive, a new Kinect titled V.2, hardware level emulation of 360 games, built-in DVR functionality and HD video capturing, native 3D support, dual-core CPU for enhanced media playback and multitasking, and much, much more.
The power of the system itself is detailed meticulously, with claims that it’s 8 times more powerful than the current 360 while running on half the power, has 4 gigs of RAM, a 6-8 core x86 or ARM-based CPU, and will run games that look “4-6 times better” than the current generation.
The price? $300 with the new Kinect, which would probably be the greatest value in next-gen gaming if all of this is true. Of course, it sounds preposterous, but take this into account: among the dozens of pages is information on SmartGlass, which was just announced at E3, but the document itself is dated to late 2010.
Also of note is the existence of a Roku/Apple/Google TV-like box called the “Xbox 361,” cloud support, “never needing to upgrade your hardware ever again,” and… well, you can look into Microsoft’s alleged business philosophy below in the full leaked document. No matter what, this would have to be one of the most detailed fakes this industry has seen in recent memory.
The draft has since been taken down due to “copyright infringement”.
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