The Xbox 720 is one of the most anticipated vide game consoles in recent memory. The Sony counterpart — the PlayStation 4 — was announced in an NYC event in late February, but Microsoft hopes that, by packing in some amazing features inside the Xbox 720, they'll be able to steal some potential customers back from Sony. So, what features will the Xbox 720 have? Here are the top five rumored features of the Xbox 720.
1. Keep Your Internet On...Or Else You Won't Be Able to Use Your Xbox 720
One of the most controversial features that have been hotly discussed is the concept of an "always-on" Internet connection — which means that the Xbox 720 will be always connected to the Internet. Dozens of potential owners are worried about the concept of an always-on Internet, because if the Internet goes down, the console will be rendered useless. It is also limiting in what consumers can do with a device they own, and may not allow used games or sharing games between friends. A Microsoft employee actually tweeted recently about the idea of an always-on Internet connection, saying "Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an 'always on' console. Every device now is 'always on'. That's the world we live in #dealwithit."
Microsoft apologized for the tweet, but didn't deny an always-on connection:
"We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers. We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter."
2. You Need A Kinect Device or You Can't Use The Console
Another key feature will be a mandatory Kinect feature attached to the Xbox 720. This means a Kinect will be shipped with every console, and must be plugged in and calibrated for the console to turn on. Another weird and divisive feature that may be implemented by Microsoft. Not only that, but Kinect will be watching you...all the time. Talk about Microsoft becoming Big Brother.
3. The Kinect Will Have A Drastically Different Sensor, Too
The actual camera will be different from existing Kinect models, too. It'll be a lot more advanced, so that it can not only recognize up to 6 people, but can track your thumbs, figure out if your hand is open or closed, and apparently even differentiate between emotions from happy, to sad, to angry. Truly a bizarre and pretty invasive feature, but one that could revolutionize gaming. In addition, the Kinect's viewing angle will be big enough that it doesn't need to work to find the best angle.
4. You Can Run Multiple Games/Apps at Once
It seems like the Xbox 720 will be able to run more than one game or app at once. Similar to the multi-tasking feature on smartphones, like the iPhone 5, you'll be able to switch between games and apps. In addition, the Xbox 720 will feature a "suspended" state of play, essentially pausing the game, allowing users to effortlessly play multiple games at the same time.
5. It'll be Similar to the PS4
According to Ubisoft Montreal's Yanis Mallet, the new Xbox 720 will be "aligned with what Sony announced...It's going to be connected. It's going to be social. It's going to be immersive. It's going to be interactive." Thats good news for Xbox 720 fans, since the PS4 has been packed with amazing specs and features. With not many leaks and reports surfacing about the Xbox 720, its interesting to hear a third party developer talk about the as-of-yet unannounced device.