A source in contact with Kotaku has revealed even more information regarding the specs and features of the Durango (next-gen Xbox) project from Microsoft. This source is the same individual that leaked over 90 pages of PlayStation 4 development kit documentation. It was also noted by Kotaku that the specs they were given weren’t just for the dev kits, they were also for the retail consoles.
According to their source and a previous report they made, the new console will come with a mandatory and upgraded Kinect sensor. It must be plugged in and calibrated for the console to work. This will allow developers to include the feature in all game development since it will be included with every console sold. Another thing of note though is the fact that it will also have the ability to constantly “watch you”. The new mandatory Kinect will have the ability to track six people in the room at all times.
The idea that the new Durango Kinect can track you at all times is a quite frightening one. They could in theory charge customers for content based on a “how-many-people-are-watching” basis.
Kinect specs via Kotaku:
This time around, as opposed to the Xbox 360, all Durango consoles will ship with a hard drive and the base size will be 500GB; don’t get too excited though, that storage will mostly be used for the required install of games upon the first disc insertion. Good news, though? That installation can occur while you’re playing the game; you won’t have to wait for it to first install. Sadly, these installs are mandatory as the Durango games can’t access data directly from the disc.
Another nifty feature will be the consoles ability to multitask and run more than one game or app at a time. The 360 can’t even do anything remotely close; if you want to use Twitter or Facebook on the console, you have to close everything and open it separately. (It’s about time we’ll have that functionality with a console!.)
The Xbox 360 will not work with the Durango unit according to Kotaku’s source, citing the reason that Microsoft is using a “new wireless technology” in the Durango controllers.
There’s also talk of Microsoft trying to increase support for its Xbox Companion App by possibly using it in tangent with a phone or tablet; they would then possibly give it functionality akin to how the Wii U controller has both motion and touch capability.
Finally, according to the Kotaku’s source, the following are the final retail console specs and not the dev kit specs that have been reported in the past. Enjoy!
All of the information and picture content in this post was respectfully borrowed from the wonderful folks over at Kotaku.