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New Xbox 720 Rumors shoot down previous claims

by Bill Hess on April 17, 2013


New details about the Xbox 720 have surfaced from an anonymous source within Microsoft. These new rumors suggest that the next Xbox will not be an “always online” device, and that the system will be backwards compatible with the Xbox 360.

This anonymous source who claims to be a software engineer at Microsoft, has laid out every last detail that they are privy to. And if true, Microsoft’s next-gen hardware is being put in a much better light. Below you will find excerpts of the PasteBin upload, that details the specifics in full.

Keep in mind, the quotes below are from an anonymous source, who posted to an anonymous uploading site. While they may just be trying to cover their tracks and avoid detection from their workplace overlords, it could just as easily be completely fabricated.

“You are not required to be connected to the internet in order to play Durango games and MS were NEVER considering doing such a thing. Now please, just read that last sentence over and over again until it sinks in. Done? Good,” explains the leak. Who also says that “100%” of the information in a recent VGLeaks posting about the Durango specs is true, with one exception.

“Every Durango ships with a Xbox 360 SOC… There was a reason why MS hired so many former IBM and AMD employees. I’ll admit that I’m not an electrical engineer so I won’t pretend to know the ins and outs of how the 360 SOC integrates into the Durango motherboard. All I know, and all I need to know about this new change is that I can use the 360 SOC in parallel with the original Durango hardware. ..Apart from Durango having 100% backwards compatibility with the 360, it also increases Durango’s processing power a fair amount.”

The post goes on to reveal that Durango will be running Windows 8, with a “full version of the OS, minus the desktop side of things…This means that contrary to popular belief MS will be the most indie friendly of all the big 3 next gen. This is because any app/game that is created for the Windows app store will be playable on Durango.”

So what about Kinect and the traditional controller? The anonymous source addresses these items as well. They say that the Kinect 2.0 is indeed a reality, and that the combination of better software and hardware have eliminated any humanly visible lag. As for the traditional controller, the leaker states that the major changes come from the d-pad, and that Microsoft will be using a new proprietary wireless technology for the controllers.

Whether or not this is completely fabricated, partially or entirely true is anyone’s guess. While unannounced officially by Microsoft, the Xbox 720 is rumored to be revealed in May at a dedicated event for the new hardware.

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  • Facts First

    Finally, someone steps up and reveals the truth about the next Xbox. If you’ve been following Facts First, you would have already known this though.

    • strong

      This sounds great and more logical but it’s still just a rumor, a freaking exciting one but a rumor nonetheless.


      I can see Xbox winning next gen again because Sony doesn’t even have backwards compatibility.

    • Tim Durocher

      Did you notice how IGN posted another 720 online piece of bull******* ****? They’ve posted everything negative, but not these new positive rumors from pastebin and VGleaks.

      I wonder why…of course you’d only have to see the number of comments in a article like this in comparison to another article talking about it being online only to see the reason.

      • Jason

        I was actually wondering the same? The Positive news/rumors of the next Xbox seem to never make it to IGN? Lol It could just be their way of hyping up next gen, Once the Next Xbox is announced they might be like Oh, SNAP here da new Xbox and it’s also really cool! lol

  • djmagnumb

    Can someone tell me what SOC is please.

    • strong

      I believe it’s “System on the chip” so he’s saying the 360 will be on a chip in the X720.

      • Maximus MDCCCLV

        Yes, that’s correct. If they have the SoC then it will be able to play 360 games natively in the original PowerPC architecture. This would mean that it would be much better than the software emulation the 360 does to play original Xbox games and it should be smooth and stutter free play for 360 games on the X720 without any weird bugs. Some of the AAA titles that came out recently, like Skyrim, might be re-released for the X720, since they would be able to take advantage of it’s more powerful capabilities. That would basically give them gaming PC level performance and graphics.

  • RoadShow

    And this would be my biggest worry. Backwards compatible is just a huge plus, sony invented it and so far only implemented it once. WTF Sony – again publicly humiliate and punish the fool that thought up PS3 architecture, totally screwing yourself.

    Anyways a backwards compatible 360, not being always online and allowing used games is all very good news for Microsoft.

    Sick of the rumors though and I’m very curious to see how M$ treats 360 owners after the 720 comes out.

  • Kevyne Collins

    This is beauty to my ears. Now for specs to be released. I’m waiting to hear an upgrade in Ram. Something like “12gb of total ram; 8 or 6 of ddr3 and 4 or 6 of gddr5 working together to achieve something greater.” Something cost effective but not performance inhibiting.

    Surprise me, Microsoft.


      Gpu > RAM

    • mrhertz

      12gb for what? so you think that the more ram you add, the better the game is?

      ^^ +1 disappointed guy for the wrong reasons.

  • Akeem Osby

    Im wondering how much more power would the soc give the x box 720 as far as tf

  • Louay Ben Abdullah

    but i’m worried about one thing … is the multiplayer going to be free ? or we have to stick another 10 dollars down the chimney for multiplayer